Friday, September 11, 2015

UK Libraries at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

A view of iconic Table Mountain from the 
Cape Town International Convention Centre 
(CTICC), site of the 81st IFLA 
World Library and Information Congress

UK Libraries faculty and staff attended the  International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Conference (WLIC) in Cape Town, South Africa, August 15 through 20, 2015.  From 112 countries, 3190 delegates attended the conference.

The delegation from UK Libraries included Jennifer Bartlett, Head of William T. Young Reference Services; Dr. Stacey Greenwell, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research; Kopana Terry, Curator of Newspapers and Oral History Archivist; and Eric Weig, Digital Library Archivist.  

Jennifer Bartlett (back row, sixth from left), 
a new member of the IFLA Knowledge 
Management Standing Committee. 
Other countries represented on the committee include 
France, Italy, Greece, Japan, Germany, Hungary, and Canada.

Bartlett and Greenwell began their appointed terms of service to IFLA standing committees. The standing committees serve as governing bodies of IFLA sections, and their work includes developing policies and guidelines in their respective subject areas as well as developing future programs and publications for IFLA and the WLIC.

Terry and Weig presented “Preserving Kentucky’s Newspapers: Analogue Beginnings to Digital Frontier” at a session entitled, “Local - African - Global: the Dynamics of News Media and How Libraries Cope with it - News Media.”

Dr. Stacey Greenwell (back row, third from right) 
pictured with the IFLA Education and Training Standing Committee.  
Other countries represented on the committee include 
Germany, Australia, Morocco, France, China, Russia, 
India, Italy, Canada, Slovenia, Egypt, Croatia, Mexico, Japan, and Estonia.

Dr. Greenwell presented a poster session, "Creating Effective Instructional Materials with I-LEARN."

Stacey Greenwell, Yusuf Ras, and Jennifer Bartlett 
at the J.S. Gericke Library at the 
University of Stellenbosch, S
tellenbosch, South Africa

While in South Africa Bartlett and Greenwell visited with Yusuf Ras, Faculty Librarian for AgriSciences at the University of Stellenbosch. Yusuf spent part of Spring 2012 at UK as part of a Carnegie Corporation grant for South African librarians to be placed in U.S. research libraries for six week internships.

In South Africa, Yusuf provided the UK Libraries faculty with a tour of the university and J.S. Gericke Library, the main campus library.

In 2016 the WLIC will meet in Columbus, Ohio. This will be the first time the WLIC will be held in the U.S. in 15 years. Carol Pitts Diedrichs, former Dean of UK Libraries and current Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at The Ohio State University, is Co-Chair for the 2016 WLIC Planning Committee along with Patrick Losinski, CEO of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. 

The 2016 WLIC will be an opportunity for UK Libraries faculty and staff to participate in IFLA by attending or volunteering to assist at the conference. The planning committee expects at least 300 volunteers from the region will be needed. 

In addition, UK will host a satellite meeting of the News Media section, “Avoiding the News Memory Hole: What to Do with Digital News.” UK is also part of the “Library Tour of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky,” on August 19, 2016, which will feature the Keeneland Library, Lexington Public Library, and William T. Young Library.

Dr. Stacey Greenwell completing the second day of
 her poster session, “Creating Effective Instructional Materials with I-LEARN,” 
pictured with colleagues from the 
University of South Africa, 
Mr. Simon T. Maluleke, and Ms. Cathrine N. Lekganyane.

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