Wednesday, August 26, 2009

PL 56/09: American corner

Filed under: #ifla2009 — plinius @ 10:26 am

IMG_7304Visited the U.S. Embassy Libraries stand this morning.

They have set up a small lecture room with about 15 seats and full videro conference facilities. Their list of speakers has been exceptionally strong – starting with 2.0 guru (firebrand?) Michael Stephens.

At noon the head of the Special Libraries Association, Janice R. Lachance (left), gave a practical and professional lecture – on advocacy – in persona (Michael was videoed).

“When people hear the word library, they think of dusty books … provide value-added services they actually need – and speak in a language they understand”

“Don’t answer the question – roll up your sleeves [and solve their problems].”

Before that I had a good talk with Andrea  – whom I last saw in the US Consulate in Cracow in June – about LATINA and the IFLA statistics project – and had a chance to plug the new and cheap portables with good battery capacity (ASUS, in my case) – essential at IFLA conferences – where sockets are scarcer than diamonds.


– Yes, special librarians are threatened by professionals with other backgrounds.

– On the  other hand, spesial librarians can transfer their skills into many other areas – ancillary professions.



  1. The Embassy Libraries were distributing a booklet ‘Barack Obama in his own words’. Not sometihng they could have done under Dubya?

    Comment by Mike Heaney — Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

  2. Such as:

    Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better.


    I, I couldn’t imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah.


    This is a historic moment in history, as far as I’m concerned.


    I think when the history of this period is written, people will realize a lot of the decisions that were made on Wall Street took place over a decade or so, before I arrived in President, during I arrived in President.


    I want to send the signal to our enemy that you have aroused a compassionate and decent and mighty nation, and we’re going to hunt you down.


    I want to thank the President and the CEO of Constellation Energy, Mayo Shattuck. That’s a pretty cool first name, isn’t it, Mayo. Pass the Mayo.


    Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.


    I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.


    We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are gettin’ out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their — their love with women all across this country.


    I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep on the soil of a friend.


    Information is moving — you know, nightly news is one way, of course, but it’s also moving through the blogosphere and through the Internets.


    Comment by plinius — Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: