Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao, November 2, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

I am very happy to welcome you to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to participate in one of the three IFLA WLIC 2016 pre-conferences being held here. The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse, and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors. I hope that you have a chance to explore the collections while you are here.

As the Acting Librarian of Congress, I welcome you to this vast treasure trove of materials and services. By coming together in conferences such as these, we expand our own boundaries and strengthen our commitment to the principle of international cooperation and to providing authoritative and timely information access in today’s fast-paced world.

I look forward to greeting you personally,

David S. Mao
Acting Librarian of Congress

Welcome from the Associate Librarian for Library Services

I am very happy to invite you to participate in the IFLA Preservation and Conservation satellite meeting, one of the three IFLA pre-conferences being held at the Library of Congress.

The Library’s unparalleled collections of 160 million items includes more than 37.8 million print materials; more than 69.6 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world’s largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings. This large number and variety of materials, combined with the age and lack of storage space within its historic buildings, creates difficult storage challenges. This satellite meeting will provide a forum to share information on the Library of Congress’ standards and practices for developing, using and monitoring collection storage areas. In addition, participants will learn how to improve the conditions in older buildings by working with Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to maximize equipment efficiency. The meeting will include presentations of selected papers, as well as tours of the Library’s high density storage facility located at Fort Meade and the storage and reformatting capabilities of its Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation.

As the Associate Librarian for Library Services, I welcome you to the Library’s vast treasure trove of materials, resources and services. By gathering here with colleagues and experts, we create an unprecedented opportunity to share information on best preservation storage practices and the preservation reformatting of audiovisual media formats.

I look forward to greeting you personally,

Mark Sweeney
Associate Librarian for Library Services