Thursday: Social event with ALA (American Library Association) executives attending IFLA

Again, emails were sent out on the Google Group list about this, but just in case you didn’t hear…. Below is the original invite.

As you may be aware, the IFLA conference is being held in Singapore from 17/Aug/13 to 22/Aug/13.

The American Library Association is sending a contingent of their officers to attend the conference, and ISLN has been in touch with them to arrange a small party for the ALA officers and ISLN members. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet some very accomplished librarians, and talk about how librarianship is perceived and practiced all over the world.

The ALA people can meet with us on Thursday, 22 August. After some discussion with our ALA contact, we’ve decided to have this event at a private home, which will provide a nice personal touch. 

The network will provide finger food and drinks for this gathering that will be from 6:00 (for a 6:30 start) to about 9 or so. 

We will be gathering at a private house in the Woodlands near SAS; the postal code is 738223. 

Dress is casual, as we will be both inside and outside (around the pool.) 

We have to limit this event to about 35 people, 15 of which are our ALA guests, so attendance will be on a first-reply, first-accepted basis. 

Please reply to to secure your spot.

Thanks and hope to see you soon,
Susanne, ISLN Secretary

I spoke with Susanne this morning and there is still room for a couple more people.

The current president of ALA (which is the oldest and largest library association in the world) is a school librarian:  Barbara Stripling.  (See her ALA president’s website.)  She’s also a professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

Have you ever heard of the Stripling Model for Research?  That’s Barbara….  Read here to remind yourself of her work:  Teaching Students to Think in the Digital Environment

Taken from this article on “Teaching Inquiry with Primary Sources”

Last week Barbara was in Bangkok for an IFLA Satellite meeting where she gave a keynote on “Creating the Future by Empowering Youth to Tell Their Stories.”

Come along on Thursday to meet this famous librarian… and others.

Contact Susanne soon if you’re interested.

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