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birdie writes "AFP is reporting on spats between members of the multi-lingual European publishing community, specifically the Catalan and Spanish-speaking segments. The organisers of the 59th Frankfurt Book Fair, which has made Catalonia guest of honour, said they were sorry to see the writers stay away for reasons linked to "nationalism, regionalism, vanities.""
I'm part of a committee looking for good speaker for a local librarian conference next year. All I can tell you is what we're NOT looking for:
No tech gurus
No library 2.0
No future files
No wikis, blogs or Second Life
We're thinking more back to basics, good old fashioned librarian stuff. Ideas? Let me know.
ADHD_librarian writes "For those interested in the idea of a library conference in the middle of Australia, there is now an unofficial facebook group dedicated to giving you all the news which is unfit to print on DREAMing08. The Australian Library and Information Association's next Biennial Conference, to be held in Alice Springs from the 2nd to the 5th of September 2008.
CASLIS Ottawa writes "CASLIS Ottawa is pleased to invite you to a two-day seminar to explore the value of special libraries — how we measure it and how we communicate it. The seminar will be held January 23 and 24, 2008 at 395 Wellington Street.
Special libraries — whether corporate, government or not-for-profit — face the constant struggle of justifying their existence and budgets and of explaining their value to their stakeholders. For more information, visit http://www.caslisottawa.on.ca" -- Read More
Are you a librarian? Interested in a makeover? Better head down under.
Style queen Paula Ryan will run a workshop at the national library conference this month, offering tips on how to transform their "conservative and dated image".
New Zealand's Sunday Star Times reports: In an email to librarians on Wednesday, the Library and Information Association's communications co-ordinator Megan Mathieson said the workshop was "a not-to-be-missed opportunity to be inspired and challenged by New Zealand's pre-eminent style guru".
"Librarians," she says, "have a very conservative and dated image: if we want to transform our profession then surely we must start by transforming ourselves?"
Would American librarians want someone to come to the next ALA conference and do makeovers?
Check out the attractive graphic for the Fifth International Conference on the Book, which will be held in Madrid Spain, October 20-22, 2007.
This is a conference for any participant in the world of books: authors, publishers, printers, librarians, IT specialists, book retailers, editors, literacy educators and academic researchers. All are encouraged to register and attend.
Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session. (Check out the website for additional details).
Conference organizers are the Government of Spain, Ministry of Culture and Common Ground.
...so says Barbara Vey in her blog at Publishers Weekly about the RWA Conference in hot Dallas.
"Today was all about the librarians. In a program founded by author and former librarian Cathie Linz, the librarians were treated to a breakfast and speeches by Suzanne Brockmann and Shana Abe (who wasn't warned that she had to give a speech, poor thing. She was still delightful). The librarians were then allowed in the goody room where they could stock up on free books, bookmarks and a variety of author giveaways. Then came a workshop hosted by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jayne Ann Krentz, who clearly had worked together before and taunted each other to the delight of the audience. Nora Roberts was the guest speaker at the luncheon and the group received a copy of her book High Noon."
Courtesy of Stephanie Stokes and PUB-LIB , here's the upcoming ALA schedule, with the choice of the 2010 venue (oops, we stand corrected, see last paragraph below) explained by the hot hot Harry news of a Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.
The park will recreate life-size versions of Hogsmeade Village and
Hogwarts Castle at an estimated price tag of a half-billion dollars.
Scheduled to be completed in 2009, the attraction will be the park's most
expensive venture, according to Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal
ALA Schedule: June 21 to 27, 2007 - Washington, D.C.
June 26 to July 2, 2008 - Anaheim, CA;
July 9 to 15, 2009 - Chicago;
June 24 to 30, 2010 - Orlando;
June 23-29, 2011 - New Orleans, LA;
June 21-27, 2012 - Anaheim, CA;
June 20-26, 2013 - Washington, D.C.;
June 26-July 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV;
Why no show in the capital of the civilized world, New York City???
(update)Thanks to reader John Overholt, we discovered that ALA has amended its location list eliminating Orlando. Here's the corrected list of ALA meeting locations.
Library Web writes "Conference Proceedings: IFLA's Metropolitan Libraries Section Conference. I like the "WOT and SWOT" of the concluding presentation (WOT stands for What's Out There)."
Turkish Culture & Tourism Ministry organized a "Conference of Chairmen of National Libraries of Turkic Republics", it was reported on Tuesday.
The conference is set to take place between June 4th and 8th in Ankara. Chairman of national libraries of 11 countries, namely Azerbaijan, Hakas Republic, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Crimea, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Bashkordstan, Saha Republic, Tajikistan, Tatarstan, and Turkmenistan will attend the conference.