Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hello from IFLA

Just wanted to write a quick note from the International Federation of Library Associaitions conference in Québec City, Québec.

This is my second academic conference this summer (well, second ever), and is so very different from the ACA conference I last posted about. Over 4,000 delegates flew, drove, trained, or bused to Québec City for the week-long conference. The sessions are translated in up to 6 languages, and span the gammot of librarianship and information studies. The conference is being held at the Centre des congrès de Québecis, a massive building right in the heart of the city. It's so big, the federation has outsourced the organization (which seems pretty typical for this type of thing) to an event organizing company, Concorde Services.

In my conference bag, I have a 200 page program, printed in French and English, a CD-ROM version of the program with the conference papers, all sorts of maps and tourism information, a small spiral bound notebook, and other ephemera. It really is a lot of paper, but truth be told, with something this size, it's felt good more than once to have a bag full of information on paper. The pen that came with the notebook is amazing, I will post a picture shortly.

Lots more to write about soon.

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