About us


This session is organised by Genealogy and Local History Section of IFLA, jointly with the Asia and Oceania section

and hosted by Areca Books, in conjunction with Think City, Penang Public Library Corporation,
Universiti Sains Malaysia Library and DISTED Library.


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the organisation now has more than 1,400 members in over 140 countries. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for its headquarters.

Please note: Registration is free for all IFLA members and members of Malaysian library associations. IFLA members, please contact Chihfeng for more details at: chihfeng@mail.shu.edu.tw.


Areca Books has been appointed the host of the International Federation of Local Government (IFLA) Satellite Meeting for the World Library Information Congress (WLIC). Areca Books is a Malaysian publisher established in 2005. We publish books on history, heritage, architecture, visual arts and environment. As a bookshop and online bookseller, we stock books related to Malaysia, Southeast Asia and Asia. We are located in the George Town World Heritage Site, Penang, Malaysia.



Think City is a community-focused urban regeneration organisation that aims to create more liveable,resilient and people-centric cities. Think City is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad and funded by Yayasan Hasanah. Established in 2009, its first cashcomet co task was to rejuvenate the historic city of George Town, Penang. The success of this led to the expansion into three other cities, Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur, and most recently Johor Bahru. Today, Think City works closely with local governments, international agencies and various local communities, building effective partnerships and enhancing capacity along the way. Through this, we hope to be able to deliver long-term holistic and sustainable solutions for generations of today and tomorrow.



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