Kuopio Conference Background
From 1980 to 2003 IFLA had a core programme, Universal Availability of Publications. This programme had published a book called National Repository Plans and Programmes. This publication inspired the creation of the first Kuopio Conference in Finland in 1999.
The first five Kuopio Conferences were hosted at the National Repository Library in Kuopio, focusing on the need for efficient management of low-use printed research material. The Kuopio Conference was first held outside Finland in 2018 when it was held in Basel, Switzerland, and the next session will be in Vienna in 2022. These conferences will now be held across Europe, but will continue to focus on guaranteeing and preserving access to print material within the evolving context and changing priorities of academic and national libraries across Europe.
6th Conference, 2018
"A Matter of Trust. Cooperative Print Storage and Shared Archiving Initiatives"
14th to 16th March 2018
5th Conference, 2015
"Aligning Commercial and Public Document Repositories to Facilitate Free and Sustainable Information"
21st to 22nd May 2015
4th Conference, 2012
"Global Policies, Imperatives and Solutions for the Efficient Library Collection Management and Access to Less Used Documents"
9th to 10th August 2012
IFLA preconference to IFLA 2012 in Helsinki. Sponsored by IFLA sections on Acquisition and Collection Development and Serials and Other Continuing Resources.
Proceedings: O'Connor, S. (ed.). (2013) Special Issue: Kuopio: Third [sic] International Conference on Repository Libraries. Library Management. 34 (4/5)
3rd Conference, 2009
"The Universal Repository Library and Guarantees for the Sustainability of Digital Copy"
29th to 30th October 2009
Sponsored by IFLA sections on Acquisition and Collection Development and LIBER (The Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche).
2nd Conference, 2004
"Preserving and Maintaining Availability of Print Material. The Role of Repository Libraries"
13th to 15th May 2004
Proceedings: O'Connor, S. (ed.). (2005) Special Issue: Repository print libraries: Vital strategies in the digital world. Library Management. 26 (1/2)
1st Conference, 1999
"Solving Collection Problems Through Repository Strategies. The Economics of Repository Libraries."
9th-11th May 1999
Proceedings: Pauline Connolly (ed.): "Solving Collection Problems Through Repository Strategies". Boston Spa, IFLA Offices for UAP and International Lending, 1999. ISBN 0-95324394-X