Plinius

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.

Discussion

– 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.

2 Comments »

  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.

    YEP!

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


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