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