Tonight was the inaugural class of LIS7600 International Librarianship taught by Prof. Mary Wagner and Prof. Marilyn Cathcart! A requirement of the class is to attend the IFLA Annual Conference, which is being held in Quebec City. The month of July is going to be rather intense; however, knowing that in August I will celebrate this journey by going to Montreal and Quebec City, makes the journey a bit less difficult. This journey I speak of is also known as Masters of Library and Information Science.
We started class with an around the room introduction of each student. However, instead of introducing ourselves, we interviewed a student we did not know well. Lets just say, practically every student in the class of 22 has traveled abroad, multiple times and places, except for me. Everything I know about the world abroad is from CNN. Vietnam, Mongolia, Madagascar, France, England, the whole wide world; these people have seen it. I take that back, along with CNN, I have picked some info up from WWW (world wide web).
We discussed the group project topics, and met with our groups depending on the topic we were interested in. I have a stellar group and topic that I am very excited about: The role of sustainable technology in providing access to information in developing countries. How totally rad!
The library Code of Ethics was our first real discussion as a large group. We first looked at the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics and then moved on to Codes of Ethics outside of the US such as Singapore, Ukraine and Mexico.
To make a long story short, the Code of Ethics around the world seem to be comparable. Is it possible for countries to define their library, information and access value’s similarly? Hmm. Still letting that one marinate.
How do we interpret reality v fantasy?
How do we interpret literal v non-literal
People construct reality based on what they already know
People come with lenses
People interpret against the definitions they already know without asking questions.
Obviously there was more to the discussion, but I am paying a lot of money to sit in that classroom and you are not, so I am not just going to give it all to you. If you are interested, apply to the program, tell them Wanda sent you and suggest I receive a little reimbursement for my referral.
An excellent first class. I left feeling excited, overwhelmed, and ready for the revolution.
Ok, so an international conference. International conference about librarianship. People from all over the world coming together because they love love love everything library. What could be better? Nothing, absolutely nothing.