Follow the Conference as it Happens!
IFLA 2010 goes interactive
This year IFLA will be using social media to bring out the best of the IFLA experience. On this website you will find all the news and stay updated on the conference programme.
This website will support content that is generated by IFLA reporters, conference speakers, and you! Visit the website, hear opinions, enjoy the pictures and videos, browse the blogs and tweets, and be part of the IFLA network.
So connect your laptop to the free Wi-Fi network and visit this website regularly to keep updated on all the conference news as it happens.
You didn’t bring a laptop? Don’t worry. In the conference centre you will find dedicated areas with computers free to use.
Isn’t this fantastic? Of course the New Professionals will join this great effort to better spread the word. And who wouldn’t wear the newly invented official IFLA Blogger ribbon?
And remeber this years offical IFLA Twitter hashtag: #ifla2010
In the current issue of the “New Library world” two articles are reporting from the BOBCATSSS symposium this year. The NPSIG Workshop is mentioned in both.
Sara P. Robinson and Catherine Westwood “Symposium report: BOBCATSSS 2010” (New Library World, volume 111, issue 7/8):
At the IFLA workshop, “Bridging the gap-involving new professional in the international development of our profession in the digital world,” participants were provided with information and IFLA’s mission statement, which lead to a brainstorming session about the support and recruitment of new professionals at a national and international level. The results of these discussions were fed into the panel discussion the following day, which featured presentations focusing on the LIS teaching and career opportunities for new information professionals.
They also mention the bicycle rental at the symposium, a theme that grows stronger in the library community.
In an effort to promote a “green” BOBCATSSS, bicycles were provided for free hire from the symposium venues; these proved to be very popular with symposium participants.
In the other article from Elena Corradini, “BOBCATSSS 2010 in Parma, Italy – Bridging the digital divide: libraries providing access for all?” (New Library World, volume 111, issue 7/8), the NPSIG workshop is mentioned as well:
“Bridging the gap: involving new professionals in the international development of our profession in the digital world”, initially prepared by Almuth Gastinger (Norway) and Sebastian Wilke (Germany), then co-presented by Ellen Tise, the IFLA President.
Just like Stuart described it in This Week in Libraries, IFLA 2010 in Gothenburg in nearly two weeks will be THE next big thing to come for librarians from all over the world. On the other hand, we know from many New Professionals out there who unfortunately won’t be aible to attend the IFLA Congress this year due to time and financial reasons, but who would really like to know what is going on in Sweden. Therefore we are planning to cover as much as possible of the whole conference via this blog and thus making IFLA 2010 accessible online for everyone. The idea is to build a blogging team consisting of New Professionals who could write about anything on-site: travel to the conference venue, single sessions and other events visited, library visits, thoughts in general, social events, sightseeing etc.
So far we are around five people to report live from Sweden. In order to achieve a good news coverage it would be fantastic to extend our team. So if you are going to attend the IFLA Congress and would like to help us, feel invited to join the NPSIG blogging team! Just let me know about the email address you used to get your wordpress account and I will add it to this blog.
Don’t hesitate to get involved – even a single post about one of the sessions in Gothenburg will help refining the big IFLA picture! In the end, I think it will be lots of fun for us as well as for the people not attending to see all our blog posts giving the conference a shape online.
In the latest episode of This Week in Libraries the Shanachies Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap Van De Geer (keynote speakers at The Global Librarian) are being visited by Stuart Hamilton (Senior Policy Advisor at IFLA Headquarters). Sit back and enjoy almost 50 min of conversation about IFLA’s global work and the upcoming Congress in Gothenburg!
This goes to all the German speaking NPs out there: If you want to know more about IFLA, you are interested in the NPSIG and need more background, or you are still wondering why conferences are a must-have as a New Professional, then have a look at this podcast and some additional remarks in my personal blog. The interview which was held in German language is about IFLA, the activities of the NPSIG in particular, and conferences in general. Enjoy!