International conference hits the Northeast- courtesy of IFLA

From November 26 to December 1st I participated of a fantastic international event along with  information professionals from Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil. They came to the Northeast to attend a conference about access to the information on the Internet = IFLA/UNESCO Internet Manifesto Guidelines and access to public health information. The conference was presented by IFLA/ FAIFE of which I am a member.

The conference started off in Connecticut at the Olin Library, Wesleyan University where fellow FAIFE member, Barbara Jones is the University Librarian. Visits to the Russell Library, Connecticut State Librarian, Hartford PL and Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University followed. On Thursday, November 29 the attendees packed their belongings, took the Metro-North train and moved to New York City! On Friday, they visited Queens Library’s Flushing Library to attend a full day of presentations. It was, shall I say, awsome?! to schedule a day including presentations about access to public health by representatives from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the National Medical Library. Queens Library has partnered with these organizations and I manage some of the projects. Queens Library HealthLink, Queens Library’s Health Literacy Program and the library’s Internet Policies were featured as well.

All this traveling-conference-experience makes me think that if librarians have the time and the funds: nothing can stop us! I, for one, love travel-anything 😉


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