An excellent day at IFLA conference. Started in morning with exactly the kind of coffee meeting I love, with Christophe Cassiau-Haurie
who has written extensively on BD in Francophone Africa. He's done a few scenarios for BD himself, and this one about the mountains of Africa
is something that I want to look for in Paris on Friday when I am there.
Then I went to a couple of sessions, popping in and out, one on literacy and reading, the other on digitalization of newspaper archives.... Chicago's Center for Research Libraries
gave a cool overview of their work. But most impressive and moving was Inaam Charaf
a young librarian working on an opposition Syrian women's magazine Sayedat Suria
Then I met with Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL's programme manager for the Public Library Innovation Programme
. The PLIP programme has granted FAVL $20,000 to implement health literacy clubs for young women in four libraries in Burkina Faso, with an emphasis on delivering content through smart phones. It is an exciting venture for FAVL, and a great learning experience for African libraries generally. We are going to do our very best to make this an effective project.
I browsed in the exhibition area, and ran into Anthony Bernier of San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science
. So we chatted about public library history, and evaluation and impact strategies, and using data. I'm looking forward to more conversations back in San Jose. Also in the exhibit area I met Barney Allen, director of DCA, and Craif Mears, of RBdigital. RBdigital works now with fastpencil.com
to bring their book production platform to public libraries all over the world. I was super happy to show them some of the FAVL fastpencil books
. I'm a huge believer that the "book famine" in Africa is not solvable by containers of donated books, but rather by people going out and creating content relevant for African readers.
And then I was off wandering again, and Viviana Quinones
stops me: Where are you going, Michael? Don't you remember we have our section meeting now? So off we went to my first meeting as an IFLA section member
. It was a three hour meeting, but was really interesting, and I loved the passion of the youth and children's librarians. My kind of people!
Well, I went to the General Assembly of IFLA. And on the third, "Madame Chairman I am pleased to report that..." I left.... I'm no bureaucrat!
Afterwards my treat was an hour long walk along the Rhone.... Lyon is simply gorgeous, have I already said that?