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

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

IFLA International Leaders Programme Associates & Counsellors in Helsinki

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IFLA International Leaders Programme AssociatesThe International Leaders Programme is a two-year Programme designed to increase the cohort of leaders who can effectively represent the wider library sector in the international arena, and to develop leaders within IFLA.

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Academic and Research Libraries Section 2012 Essay Contest winners

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María Violeta Bertolini Aamir ShahzadSarah KadduOnce again, the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section offered three free Registrations / Bursaries equivalent in the amount of €435 each to an information professional from Latin America, the Asia/Pacific region and Africa to cover expenses at the 2012 IFLA Conference.  The 2012 recipients are: María Violeta Bertolini, Aamir Shahzad and Sarah Kaddu.

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Building strong library associations: results from the first six country projects

When?

14 August, 13:45-15:45

Where?

Session Room 1

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2011 IFLA Puerto Rico - Session 73 - Opening ceremony; photo Ross Becker

Strategies to engage with politicians, stakeholders, and to sustain associations into the future will be presented by IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) and representatives of Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) projects during this special session highlighting the results of the first two years of the BSLA programme.

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Today’s Plenary speaker: Yrjö Engeström

When?

14 August, 08:30-09:30

Where?

Session Room 1

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Yrjö EngeströmTowards knotworking: Designing a new concept of work in an academic library

Professor Yrjö Engeström is Director of the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences of the University of Helsinki. CRADLE is an internationally recognised competent and supportive scientific community of some 30 researchers, conducting workplace development and studies based on cultural-historical activity theory and the sociocultural approach. The focus of the studies is transformation and learning processes in work activities and organisations.

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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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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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