Several members of ILCE-IG participated in the IFLA Congress in Columbus, OH. Many were first-timers. Some have attended and presented multiple times. 3100 delegates from 120 countries participated in this international congress.
Rita Puig, Regis University, and Jimena Sagas, Colorado State University, were named as North American IFLA Fellows with some of their expenses covered by the grant. They participated in an opening reception and were paired with a mentor. From this point forward, they will be part of a unique cohort of librarians who can call upon one another, share experiences, and network.
First Time Attendees
The First Time Attendees session was filled with useful tips on networking and getting involved in committees. Best piece of advice? Sit in on a committee of interest and introduce yourself.
ILCE-IG was well represented at the Poster Sessions.
Nancy Bolt and Janet Lee submitted “From Local to Global: How a Local Library Organization Can Impact International Librarianship,” relating the many activities that ILCE-IG has sponsored since its inception such as: mentoring, library partnerships, sister libraries, international travel, programming, advocacy, grants, and international education.
The poster was one of approximately 200 that were accepted. Click on this link for a detailed look at the poster and the poster proposal: http://library.ifla.org/1552/
Rita Puig discusses the Dual Language program at Regis University in “Building an Authentic Bilingual Library: Regis University’s Dual Language Learning Resources Center.”
Krystyna, K. Matusiak, Bridget Bowers, Kathryn Bodnar, Frank Andreas Sposito, and Giovanna Montano submitted “An International Collaborative Project between the University of Denver LIS students and the ENSSIB students in Lyon.” For more information on this project, check out the December 2015 issue of International Leads, http://www.ala.org/irrt/sites/ala.org.irrt/files/content/intlleads/leadsarchive/2015r.pdf
Nancy Bolt chaired a panel on “Guidelines for Library Service to People Experiencing Homelessness: Overview and Examples.” (Library Services to People with Special Needs). Panelists spoke on services in the U.S. Croatia, and Japan.
“Banned Books Week: What are we afraid of?
James LaRue of ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, presenter.
Opening Session. IFLA president, Donna Scheeder, opened the 82nd IFLA World Library and Information Congress. Cleveland Cavaliers announcer Olivier Sedra served as the Master of Ceremonies, and introduced a host of characters celebrating Ohio’s history. Appearances included animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, aerial acrobats, a drag queen, a tribute to astronaut and former Ohio senator John Glenn, the Columbus Gay Men’s Choir, a contemporary fashion show, and the distribution of Life Saver candies.
Conference reception. The Cultural Evening reception was held at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) showcasing the culture of the city of Columbus and the United States. The evening’s
theme was “Coast to Coast,” with food and entertainment venues of five regions of the United States: Midwest, West Coast, South, Mountain West and East Coast. It was a great opportunity to meet colleagues from other nations and for international visitors to sample food from different regions of the U.S. including mac n cheese, pizza, sliders, and tofu.
Said Rita Puig, “It was fascinating to hear what librarians are doing in other countries to address issues such as team building, partnership between 1st world and 3rd world countries, learning strategies, capturing institutional knowledge, and innovation.”
August 2017: Wrocław, Poland
2018: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia