Korea-U.S. Book Relations Begins Active Exchanges

오재경 Oh Jae-Gyung
10 Jul 2024

▲2024 San Diego U.S. Library Congress Opening Ceremony Site


The Korea Library Association (Chairman Kwak Seung-jin, Professor of Literature and Information Studies at Chungnam National University) formed 26 Korean library field experts into a Korean delegation to participate in the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, which is held annually and has a long history and tradition in the United States.

The 2024 event was held at the San Diego Convention Center for a total of six days from June 27 to July 2, and was successfully held with about 15,000 major national library officials and U.S. library workers, including officials from the International Federation of Libraries (IFLA).

The U.S. Library Congress is an annual event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA), which began in Philadelphia in 1876 and has a tradition of about 150 years this year. It is a venue where visitors can give in-depth thematic lectures on the latest trends and issues in libraries, publishing, reading, education, lectures and signatures by popular authors, field cases and research presentations by library experts. It also consists of various programs, including exhibitions to announce the latest technologies and trends in the library field, and experiences of advanced cases through library field trips.

Participation in the U.S. Library Congress was promoted based on the "Convention on Mutual Exchange and Cooperation" signed by the Korean Library Association and the American Library Association in 2013. According to the agreement, the library associations of the two countries visit each other every two years to participate in library competitions, tour library sites, and cooperate with each other for library development.


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