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

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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From the Hall: day one

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Oskar Hernandez-Perez“I will be attending tomorrow at least the session on Cloud computing. It sounded very interesting and deals with matters that are useful at my work”.

 

Oskar Hernandez-Perez, Spain, Information Research Manager,
Autonomous University Barcelona

 

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New IFLA publication: 85 Years IFLA

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85 Years IFLA: A History and Chronology of Sessions, 1927-2012

85 Years IFLA: A History and Chronology of Sessions, 1927-2012

by Jeffrey M. Wilhite

Published in honor of this year’s 85th anniversary, 85 Years IFLA: A History and Chronology of Sessions, 1927-2012 presents a thorough history of the organization from its founding in 1927 to the present. Supplemented with a bibliography, appendixes, an index, and a foreword by former IFLA President Alex Byrne, 85 Years IFLA is an invaluable guide to the largest international library association in the world.

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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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Learning from the past to shape our future—65 years IFLA/UNESCO partnership

When?

13 August, 11:00-12:45

Where?

Session Room 5

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Through the many cooperative endeavours of IFLA and UNESCO, great strides have been made in meeting the information, literary, and educational needs of peoples throughout the world.  This cooperation now extends back 65 years and includes numerous mutually endorsed statements, manifestos, recommendations & guidelines. 

This session offers an incisive look back at the partnership, its current initiatives—and future endeavours.

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New IFLA publication: Intergenerational solidarity in libraries

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Intergenerational solidarity in libraries /
La solidarité intergénérationnelle dans les bibliothèques

Edited by Ivanka Stričević and Ahmed Ksibi

Intergenerational solidarity in libraries / La solidarité intergénérationnelle dans les bibliothèques

Rapid and intensive changes in the information landscape cause changes in social relationships and, consequently, in relations between generations. Within their social role libraries should work actively to reduce age segregation and isolation, and build cohesive society through intergenerational services and programmes. The authors speak about the intergenerational dialogue in libraries—theories, research and practice—and about reading as a link between generations, thus offering to libraries strategies for establishing social cohesion.

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Libraries for young people: Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering!

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Viviana QuiñonesAn interview with Viviana Quiñones, Chair of the Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section

Since 1986 Viviana Quiñones has worked in the French National Center for Children's literature-La Joie par les livres, now part of Bibliothèque nationale de France. She has been Secretary of the Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section for 4 years and now serves as its Chair.

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Spotlight on the Local librarian of the day

Finnish Perspective: ANNE, THE LIVING SIGN

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Anne Ala-Honkola

I was very happy when I heard that IFLA 2012 will be in Finland. I am Anne Ala-Honkola, the chief librarian at Töölö library. My library is waiting for basic renovation which was planned to start this year. However, the renovation was postponed, giving me the wonderful opportunity to work as a volunteer at IFLA and to help colleagues and to learn about the newest innovations in libraries. I´m sure that I will be inspired by all of you!

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IFLA Market

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Börje! The IFLA Market gave the congress visitors some tasty treats!


Library Boulevard – Finnish Edition

During the Library Boulevard the conversations were lively and people talked about the different types of projects that Finnish libraries are working on right now. All the presentations were great, but the biggest star was a reading assistance dog named Börje! People lined up to take pictures of this extra cute dog.

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Peter von Bagh to speak at today's Plenary Session

When?

13 August, 08:30-09:30

Where?

Session Room 1

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Peter von Bagh Peter von Bagh is a film historian, a professor of film history at The Helsinki University of Arts, a filmmaker, and author of more than 30 books on film, history and popular arts, including The History of World Cinema (1975/98) and a major study on the life and work of the world-renowned Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki, now published in five languages. Von Bagh earned a Doctor in Political Science and has worked as a television and radio producer, a book publisher, and film director, including 1997’s 16-part Oi kallis Suomenmaa, (A History of Finland), and Sininen laulu (Song of Finland)—a 12-hour program on the history of arts in Finland which would became a Finlandia prize winning book in 2007.

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