IFLA Conference 2012: “Adopt a Student! 2.0″ program and a discussion about the inclusion of new professionals as an essential strategy for library associations
This is the poster presenting the “Adopt a Student! 2.0″ Program at the IFLA 78th Conference and General Assembly 2012 in Helsinki:
In addition, the program will be presented – accompanied with a discussion of why THE STRATEGY for library associations is to include young professional – at the session “Strategies for library associations: include new professionals now!“.
A sneak preview:
Those who know me and my work, know that my opinions aren’t exactly located within the mainstream in IFLA and tend to be critical.
Today’s topic is “Strategies for Library Associations: Include New Professionals now!”.
Our society is undergoing major changes during the last decades. Information or Knowledge Society isn’t just a buzzword; it’s the successor of the industrial society of the 19th and 20th century. In this constantly changing environment, library associations are no longer the only or even the major players and the information field.
And I truly believe that THE STRATEGY for library institutions in this environment is the inclusion of fresh points of view of young professionals, who grew up in the age of Google and Smartphones, and their involvement in as much of IFLA’s activities as possible.
Even if, or exactly because, they sometime constitute a dissonant tone in the discussion.
Programs like “Adopt a Student!” is one way of doing it.