IFLA's Metropolitan Libraries section: a platform for discussion and debate on public libraries in major conurbations

IFLA's Metropolitan Libraries section, which was known as Intamel (INTernational Association of MEtropolitan Libraries) from 1966 to 2004, is a high-level think tank devoted to debating public access to reading matter in major cities around the world. The section meets at the annual IFLA conference and visits a different city every year for a week's debate and information exchange. It carries on the work begun by its predecessor Intamel in 1966, gathering and publishing statistical data on major libraries. A text box by Anne-Elisabeth Buxtorf focuses on CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), the largest librarianship organisation in the UK.