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Day 4 of QC and IFLA

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?

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Day 2 of QC and IFLA

The opening IFLA session was Sunday morning at 9:30am.  This meant getting up at 7:15 am to get ready and have breakfast at the Laval mess hall.  Breakfast is included in the dorm stay, it is by no means a bed and breakfast kind of breakfast.  We are allowed to take eight items.  I had skim milk, eggs(powdered, probably wont have those again), potatoes, and a little  croissant.  Disappointing.  Then Anne and I grabbed the bus to the convention center and decided to walk to a coffee shop.  I have learned that coffee shops here do not use skim, rather whole milk. Bah.

The conference has 4,000 delegates attending from +150 countries with + 100 workshops.

The opening session consisted of several speakers such as Her Excellency, Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada (PS who is brilliant, obv.), 

IFLA’s President Claudia Lux,

along with Canadian cultural performances.  The musical performance by Inuit Throat Singers was incredible.  They stood facing each other and used their throats to project sound (kind of like human beat boxing).  It was amazing.  

Ismael Serageldine, Director of Egypt’s Alexanderia Library also received a Doctorate Honoris Causa.  

The ceremony was scheduled for two hours and ended up being three hours, a little disappointing.

After the ceremony, thought it may be a good idea to grab some lunch.  We walked a few blocks away from the conference center and found a little bakery with sandwiches, I had a veggie pâté wrap, to my surprise it was delish.

After lunch I attended the introduction to the IFLA new comers session.  Stuart Hamilton made the introduction and I really admire this guy.  Why?  Check out this link. 

I dipped out on this session to attend the Art Libraries session, which happened to be going on at the same time.  There is a lot of really brilliant work going on in art libraries (how do artists research?) right now and  it made me lean towards reconsidering pursuing this direction again. 

The night before, Anne and I had dinner with one for the Art Library presenters, Heather Gendron from UNC, so I definitely wanted to check out her presentation. I had told Heather that I was originally interested in art libraries, but am somewhat discouraged because I do not have an art history background.  She informed me that there are several art librarians without art history degrees and she said to keep my chin up.

After the Art Library session, Caralyn and I went to the old city to see what was going on and to catch a cup of coffee.  Due to the 400 year anniversary of Quebec City, the walled city was a bit overwhelming and crowded; think Renaissance Festival and State Fair in one.

After coffee we made our way back to the convention center for the Exhibition Party.  This meant beer and wine while looking at vendor goods.  Wow, awesome stuff that happens to be really expensive, what every library loves to see [read sarcasm].  Immediately following the Exhibition party was the Cultural Event.  I stayed for the beginning of the event and then thought I could get some better QC culture at Drague, a pub just behind the convention center. 

Surprisingly, the performers were the same performers Mucha and I saw  at Mado’s in Montreal.  However, Drague is a much more intimate and the queens engaged in non-stop banter; obviously in French, but I happened to pick up some of it.

The Official Day 1 of IFLA was encouraging.  With three more days I hope for more inspiration and more great people to meet.

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from LIS7600 to IFLA in less than 33 days, omg that is totally soon

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.

 

Then we moved on to discuss a couple of articles we were assigned earlier; Shakespeare in the Bush by Bohannon and Body Ritual Among the Nacirema by Miner.  The discussion raised points such as:

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.

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