During the last week BOBCATSSS 2010 took place in Parma, Italy. Although having quite snowy conditions outside, this year’s symposium has been marvelous!
Over 200 participants (ca. 150 of them students) from Europe and beyond enjoyed three days full of interesting sessions, workshops, and poster presentations, really well-organized social events in the evenings and an overall atmosphere which was absolutely inspiring for everybody involved. Especially the networking factor seemed to be quite strong this year.
On Day 1 of the symposium, IFLA / NPSIG hosted a workshop entitled “Bridging the gap – Involving new professionals in the international development of our profession in the digital world”. I was very happy to be joined by current IFLA President Ellen Tise who was one of the keynote speakers this year. As for the moderation of the brainstorming part, we were supported by Federica Marangio, member of the Italian organizing team and also very active new professional.
For getting started, we gave brief introductions of IFLA in general and current initiatives regarding new professionals in particular. While Ellen concentrated on the overall mission of IFLA and ongoing digital efforts like the new IFLA website and the Digital Library Future Conference in Milan last year, I was talking about latest projects like the “Adopt a Student”-programme and the IFLA LIS Student Paper Award before presenting background and scope of the NPSIG (have a look at our slides).
The following main part of the workshop was a brainstorming on three different topics. We asked the participants to form groups and to work on the… Continue reading »