Congress theme: “Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering”

Minna Marjamaa (author)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Building strong library associations: Results from the first six countries’ projects

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BSLALibrary associations are key institutions in the library and information sector around the world. For the benefit of the countries where a library association is underdeveloped, the IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) launched in 2010 a new programme called Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA). The BSLA programme is a comprehensive method for offering a strategic approach to capacity building and sustainability of library associations. During Tuesday’s session, associations shared how they have used BSLA in practice to advocate on behalf of the profession, increase membership, improve communication and work towards stronger library communities.

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Cycling for Libraries mini tour into the deep essence of sauna

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cycling for libraries

This past Monday evening, the front yard of the Conference Center became a gathering ground for close to 40 librarians with bicycles. The group consisted of Cycling for Libraries 2012 organizers and participants as well as a number of courageous WLIC 2012 attendees. After 10 kilometers of cycling through some of the most peaceful scenery in Helsinki they headed towards a piquant feature of the Finnish capital – allotments, like small summer cottages with gardens not more than 10 kilometers from the city center.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Short Impressions from the Poster Session

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Terhi VilkmanValentyna Pashkova & Yulia KashprukIn the Exhibition Hall you will find 196 inspiring poster presentations worth visiting. Here is a glimpse of a few poster exhibitors and their ideas.

 

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Spotlight on the Local librarian of the day

Finnish Perspective: Eye-tracking—Library as a Living Lab environment

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Eye-tracking

A year ago a poster presented by Kaisa Puttonen (Information Specialist) and Satu Hyökki (Project Manager) from Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland, was selected best IFLA 2011 poster session. I asked Kaisa about the past year and their further developments in the subject.

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Monday, 13 August 2012

The destruction of Cultural objects as another face of genocide

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Helena Rata

Helena Ranta, a Finnish forensic dentist and Professor at the University of Helsinki, gave a powerful speech about the destruction of cultural property—a lesser known face of genocide—and the importance of cultural heritage in recovery after a war. It was apparent that the audience was touched by her speech and her literary quotations were soon to be found as dozens of tweets on Twitter.

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Newcomers Session – What is IFLA all about?

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Newcomers' session

The Newcomers Session gave me an inspiring perspective on both participants and organizers in IFLA.  The Session consisted of two separate panels discussing what motivates people in IFLA and what people have gained from IFLA conferences.

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