Sunday afternoon, myself and all the other first timers where gathered at the Auditorium to get a few hints on how this big Librarian community event plays. Experienced IFLA delegate and Governing Board Member Bob McKee showed us the hidden IFLA, the meetings, the networking and the fun and most importantly he gave us three heartily advises to get the most out of IFLA:
- there is a beautiful city outside
- talk to people.
To get information what else is going on at IFLA while your in your session, look out for the IFLA Express “the indispensible guide throughout the IFLA congress” told us Dina Youssef, Deputy Director IFLA Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries and Information institutions, Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Jay Jorden, OCLC President and CEO invited us to definitely see the exhibition and explained why it is so important to have all the companies in one place.
That IFLA is going with time and incorporating all the fancy new web technologies like blogs and twitter was demonstrated to us by Loida Garcia Febo, Convenor IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, after all they have to keep up with us youngsters.
Aldo Pirola, Member Executive Committee IFLA congress 2009 and Director of the Library sector in Milan introduced us to the exiting city we are all living in for about a week.
The first timer session closed with mixing and talking by coffee and cakes and the handout of ant-stress-balls to all of us, but I’m sure we don’t need them.
Thank you IFLA for the warm and heartily welcome and the words of Bob came already true: “What you gain from IFLA is friendship”.
P.S. You can recognize us by our green ribbons calling “FIRST TIMER”
Experienced IFLA delegate and Governing Board Member Bob McKee
Dina Youssef, Deputy Director, IFLA Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries and Information institutions, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO
Loida Garcia Febo, Convenor, IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group
Anti-Stress-Ball: how to use
mixing of the “First Timers”