Visited 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.