“What made me decide to organise my national congress in Metz?”
This was a question that Ms Ayoudj answered during an interview following the Congress of the French Librarians' Association, which took place from 2 to 4 June 2022. Read the full interview below.
Who are you ?
The French Librarians Association
What exactly is the ABF ?
The ABF is the association that groups together all professional and volunteer librarians in France. The association discusses and debates key issues, provides training and promotes the role of libraries in society. Founded in 1906 and recognised as being of public utility, the ABF is the oldest association of librarians in France.
It has 2,000 members: library professionals who work with books, the digital world and different cultural media, as well as various local authorities and establishments.
What does your Congress involve ?
The ABF Congress is an annual event for library workers. We organise three days of conferences and workshops as well as a trade fair, aimed at promoting contact and relations between librarians and their suppliers.
What made you decide to organise your national congress in Metz ?
The ABF has one branch per region across France. The ABF Lorraine branch offered to organise our 67th congress, which also allowed us to come back to this region after a 20 year absence, since the last congress in Metz dates back to 2002. After that, the Robert Schuman Congress Centre stood out as the most suitable venue for us.