May 26, 2022

Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Draft Recommendations Now Available for Comment

The following draft document (aka “Vancouver Declaration”) is being made available by IFLA. Your comments are welcome. Send them to no later than 19 October 2012.

Background (via IFLA)

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program, UNESCO, in collaboration with the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and the University Library of the University of British Columbia (UBC), held an international conference on “The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation” last week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

IFLA was an organising partner of the conference, along with the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Over 500 people were in attendance, including large numbers of library and archive professionals, along with representatives from governments, civil society organisations and technology companies including Google and Microsoft. There was an intense focus on how to support the preservation of cultural heritage through digitisation efforts at national and international levels, and the programme tracks gave space for presentations and conversations about technique, technology and policy.

Ingrid Parent (IFLA President), Victoria Owen (Chair of the Copyright and other Legal Matters Committee), Christiane Baryla (Director of the Preservation and Conversation Programme) and Stuart Hamilton (Director, Policy and Advocacy) attended a number of sessions during the three day conference, and were able to make a number of contributions from the perspective of libraries. At the end of three days a document was produced which contains a number of recommendations for UNESCO, for Member States, for professional organisations and for industry. Comments on this document are now open for a period of two weeks, after which a final version will be produced and circulated.

Vancouver Declaration 2012 (Memory of the World)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.