Saturday, August 31, 2013

URL Seminars and ALIA Events

1)      Impressions from IFLA (Wed Sept 4 – 12:30pm)

As I am sure many of you know, 3500 librarians and other delegates from all around the world congregated in Singapore last week for the International Federation of Library Associations Congress. It was an excellent conference with many high calibre and forward-thinking presentations.  Several of us at the National Library were fortunate to attend and we invite you to come along and hear our impressions of this prestigious event.  Feel free to bring a ‘brown bag’ lunch or visit bookplate to pick up a sandwich/coffee before heading upstairs.

When:              Wednesday Sept 4
12:15pm for 12:30pm start

Where:            National Library of Australia
Ferguson Room (Level 1)

2)      National Advisory Congress – IFLA Trends Report and “Future of the Profession” (Tues Sept 10 – 5:30pm)

Many of you will know that ALIA holds an annual NAC in each State/Territory to help shape the forthcoming agenda for the Association.  This year, the focus of discussion is the future of our profession in a rapidly evolving world – just a minor issue J!  To kick start the discussion, ALIA developed a report available on the ALIA Futures wiki and, as it turns out, IFLA also launched its comprehensive Trends Report at the conference last week.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to read these comprehensive documents to participate.  Just come along, share some refreshments and have a chat.  There are big issues ahead – ebooks, copyright, ‘big data’, open access – and we’d love to hear your thoughts on how we best position ourselves to keep librarians ahead of the game.  It be great if you could RSVP, but also happy if you just turn up on the day.

When:                  Tuesday Sept 10    
                                5pm for 5:30pm start

Where:            National Library of Australia
Ferguson Room (Level 1)

3)      And finally, make sure you sign up for our Social Media workshop on Friday September 20.  We’ve got a great program of speakers lined up so you won’t want to miss this very affordable seminar.

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