Started out the day by attending the session, Campaign for the World’s Libraries- @ your library. ALA Director Michael Dowling presented as well as library Directors from Ontario, Canada and South Africa.
Something that was said over and over again in all three presentations is that making partnerships is the key to stretch the message outside the library community, expand the reach. Librarians can talk up the library until they are blue in the face, obv.; however, when you have a celebrity telling a group how important libraries are and how they helped him, it has a huge impact on people (i.e. ALA partners with MLB, etc.). Utilize of partnerships to expand the program.
After the session I took the #11 bus to the Quebec Museum of Modern Art.
A Louve exhibition is being held which I really wanted to check out; however, tickets are sold out through Friday, bah. I walked through the permanent collection galleries, it has been really great to see Canadian Art, definitely not something observed in the U.S. with my experience. I had lunch at the museum, read a book, drank some coffee, had some much needed down time. I tired to get into the library, but it was for museum staff only.
Later in the day I met up with Caralyn at the fountain. What is it with people wanting their picture taken in front of fountains? Caralyn had picked up a bottle of wine and with some bread and cheeses and we went back to her hotel and sat on the terrace. Not only have I met some interesting people from around the world, but I have really been able to have great friendships with a couple of my classmates that probably would not have happened if we weren’t on this trip together.
Then……. OMG…..get ready for this……FUN NIGHT!!!!!!
The conference sponsored a fun night at the convention. Honestly, I was pessimistic. What the hell is a fun night for a bunch of librarians from around the world? Caralyn and I agreed to check it out, after all, we had two drink tickets we wanted to observe. We walked in and there were over 200 dancing librarians. It was the most beautiful thing. They were really tearing it up, cutting a rug if you will. There was jumping up and down, “head banging,” and tons and tons of sweat. There was rock, reggae, hip-hop, “oldies,” something for everyone. I absolutely loved every moment of this dance party. We were there for a couple of hours and could have stayed longer, but once Jock Jams came on, I had to dip.
However, I thought it was a great space for everyone to connect regardless of the language they spoke. Wow, wow, wow. This conference has made me feel embarrassed and incompetent due to my lack of language knowledge. I am thinking of taking the next few months off, but maybe then I will take advantage of the Regent’s Scholarship to take some more language classes. I have a Spanish background, but only what was required to graduate from the U. It is unbelievable how many people here speak multiple languages, what’s up with the U.S.’s education system when it comes to language?