Friday, August 24, 2007

Off to IFLA Conference: 19-23 August 2007, Durban, South Africa (part 8)

I made a point to attend Stephen Abrams' presentation (incidentally, I managed to meet him to thank him for his comment). He spiced his talk with humourous pictorial slides.

Here are bits and pieces from his presentation.

Stephen Abram - IFLA 2007 presentation

"The book is not at risk. Knowledge management is."

I loved this slide showing Albert Einstein explaining what Library 2.0 is (picture is made up, of course).

Stephen Abram - IFLA 2007 presentation

Library 2.0 = (books & stuff
+ people
+ radical trust)
x participation

Mentioned Snowden's 3 rules:
  1. Knowledge will only ever be volunteered it can not be conscripted
  2. We only know what we know when we need to know it
  3. We always know more than we can tell and we will always tell more than we can write down
He said his presentation slides should be up in his blog. I think it would be listed on this page [update: see this post].

Challenge is for libraries to move to a place where we cannot see our users face to face (the way librarians are traditionally used to).

If librarians want to get into social networks, we have to be willing to tell people our real names (i.e. cannot be anonymous). "Would you go to a doctor who won't tell you your name?"

p.s. last post from Durban. Will post a few more once I'm back in Singapore.

[Reference: Part 7]


  1. Really enjoyed this series of posts. I love seeing what libraries around the world look like.

  2. Anonymous10:13 pm

    Was great to read about your trip and libraries in South Africa. Gave me insights of how libraries work in different countries. Especially found the post on the mobile library interesting.


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