Evening IFLAPREatLOC Update: Thursday

The last day of the three separate pre-conferences passed in another swirl of learning, sharing, networking — and even a little dancing.

Picture taken by Candice Townsend.
David Mao addressing the pre-conference. Picture taken by Candice Townsend.








IFLA DOCDEL delegates were greeted this morning by the Acting Librarian of Congress, David Mao, and the Chief of Collections Access, Loan and Management Division, Mark Sweeney. Two programs on resource sharing followed, and after a coffee break, they had a panel discussion on international library loan.

Preservation and Conservation
Picture taken by Jovana Ivezic.

IFLA P&C started their morning with an 8:30 am ride to the Culpepper campus to resume their meetings at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC). After several papers, the group took a tour of the Center, which included the freezer vaults; the digital storage and processing, and storage of AV facilities; and the processing of materials into the collection and to digital media.


The IFLA PARL conference started the day with several panel sessions. The first panel session was on “delivering and improving services to clients,” and various new ideas were presented, including the use of infographics; using personas to refocus services to clients; and Member of Parliament (MP) surveys. The second panel session was more technologically focused, with papers on a knowledge management platform, a website where ASEAN countries can share legal information, and a news service customized to the interests of the MP.

After a coffee break, delegates were challenged to consider their services from the perspective of the client, and then broke into small groups to discuss that idea further. The last major program of the day was from the various regional networks of libraries and research services for parliaments on their partnerships. After that, delegates made their way to the D.C. waterfront where they boarded the Spirit of Washington for a sunset cruise.

(Pictures — including pictures of the beautiful, traditional welcome dance offered by an Indonesian delegate — will be uploaded soon.)


We look forward to hosting tomorrow’s joint tours of a number of the Library of Congress’ reading rooms, collections, and services. The first round of tours starts at 8:30 am; please be prompt, as we will start these tours on time.

For the readings rooms and services in the Jefferson, you will meet behind the information desk on the ground floor (just beyond the Carriage Entrance). These include the following:

  • European Division (8:30 am – 10 am)
  • Hispanic Division (8:30 am – 10 am)
  • Africa and Middle Eastern Division (10:30 am – Noon)
  • Asian Division (10:30 am – Noon)

For the reading rooms and services in the Madison Building, you will meet in the atrium just beyond security when you come through the Independence Street entrance. These include the following:

  • Geography and Map Division (8:30 am – 10 am and 10:30 am – Noon)
  • Law Library of Congress (8:30 am – 10 am and 10:30 am – Noon)
  • Preservation Directorate (8:30 am – 10 am and 10:30 am – Noon)
  • Congressional Research Service (10:30 am – Noon)

We look forward to bringing together the delegates from all three pre-conferences to explore more of the Library of Congress’ collections and treasures.

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