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Satellite Meetings
Did you know that the IFLA Professional Units also organise a number of Satellite Meetings?
They are normally held a few days before the start of the Congress and tare typically within four hours travel time from the Congress Venue.

The subjects for 2017 range from “Digital Humanities – Opportunities and Risks: Connecting Libraries and Research” to “Managing Change: Library Transitions – moving into the future. Best practices from around the world” and “Advocacy of School Libraries” just to name a few. For a full list of Satellite Meetings and their locations, please see:

Krzysztof Szubert – Plenary Speaker at the IFLA WLIC

Krzysztof Szubert is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Organization and Management, with specialization in industrial IT systems (Master of Science). He has held managerial posts in both Polish and foreign enterprises in the ICT industry for more than twenty years.

Since 2012 he has been a Minister of Digitization in the BCC Economy Shadow Cabinet. Szubert was an initiator and Chairperson of the Coalition for the Development of the Information Society (KRESI) - a platform for dialogue and the cooperation of the most important environments and organizations related to the communications and IT industry in order to accelerate the development of the information society in Poland. During 2015-2016 he was a member of the Digitization Council at the Ministry for Digital Affairs. Since the end of 2015 he has been the Strategic Advisor to the Minister of Digital Affairs, and from May 2016 - Plenipotentiary of Minister for International Affairs. Since March 2017, Krzysztof Szubert is the Secretary of State and Deputy Minister of Digital Affairs, responsible for international affairs and the Government Plenipotentiary for Digital Single Market.
Libraries of Cieszyn

Cieszyn is in the heart of the historical region Cieszyn Silesia, a few kilometers away from popular ski resorts in the Silesian Beskids mountains. After the Versailles Treaty in 1920, the city was divided between Poland and the Czech Republic. Today the Olza river forms the open and friendly border between two parts of the historical urban entity – Polish Cieszyn and Český Těšín. Cieszyn is a stunning medieval town, which combines both Polish and Austrian peculiarities in the style of its buildings. The picturesque old town is sometimes called Little Vienna. Because of several major fires and subsequent reconstruction, the only relic of the ancient castle is a tower, dating from the 14th century, and 11th century Romanesque St. Nicolas Chapel. Still we can admire many buildings, churches and monuments from the 17th to 20th centuries, including the castle, the Old Town Square and Town Hall.

Because of numerous historical book and museum collections created by its inhabitants as well as by religious, political and social organizations, Cieszyn is sometimes called “the City of Books”. The Cieszyn Historical Library (Książnica Cieszyńska), the Museum of Typography, the Museum of Cieszyn Silesia, the Museum of Protestantism, operating in the structure of the Tschammer’s Archives and Library, the City Public Library, Theater, and other institutions offering attractive cultural programmes through the year, such as the Summer Reading on the Olza River, and the Film Festival, “The Cinema on the Border”.

Cieszyn and its libraries will be available for a visit during Library Visit Tour 7: Cieszyn Libraries Tour - Upper Silesia C.
Public Transportation During the IFLA WLIC 2017 Congress
We are pleased to announce that all delegates attending the IFLA WLIC 2017 Congress will be able to use Wrocław’s public transportation free of charge!

Each delegate name badge will serve as a transportation ticket for the duration of the Congress. This allows delegates easy passage to the Congress Venue, and a straightforward way to explore the beautiful city of Wrocław.

Wroclaw – City of Bridges
Wrocław, picturesquely situated on 12 islands connected by 112 bridges, is often called “the Lower Silesian Venice”. Considering all the river bridges, canal bridges, and footbridges over the railway tracks and the streets, there are about 220 bridges in the city!

The Grunwaldzki suspension bridge, completed in 1910, is one of the emblems of the city. As such, it is often found on the postcards and representations of Wroclaw. Indeed, the outline of this bridge is seen in the logo of IFLA WLIC 2017.

Nearby there is Zwierzyniecki Bridge – almost as popular as Grunwaldzki Bridge – connecting the city center with the Zoological Gardens and Szczytnicki Park, where the Congress venue – the Centennial Hall - is located.

Another bridge which has been the theme of numerous paintings and postcards of the city is Tumski Bridge. It was constructed in 1889 on the site of an old wooden bridge. The bridge joins Cathedral Island to Sand Island. For many years, the bridge has been a popular spot for lovers. It is a tradition for them to put padlocks on the bridge and throw the keys into the river as a sign of their love.

The oldest bridge in the city is Sand Bridge (Most Piaskowy) with origins going back as far as 1149. Due to its location, it was once called Bridge by Blessed Virgin Mary or St. Mary’s Bridge. The bridge took on its present form in the 1860s.

Rędziński Bridge is the longest bridge in Poland at 1742 meters long, and the main pylon – which is shaped like an “H” – is 122m high. The bridge was finished in August 2011, and engineered by Prof. Jan Biliszczuk from Wrocław University of Technology. Both roads are suspended separately to the pylon on the island. Modern technologies were used during the construction; each part was “glued” to the previously installed piece, giving the impression that the bridge seemed to be “sliding out” over the water.

Accommodation in Wrocław
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