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Morning Pre-Conference Update: Friday

 

Whether you spent last night exploring DC and going out to dinner with colleagues and friends or enjoying the IFLA PARL dinner cruise, we hope you had a lovely time but saved some energy for today!

 

Library of Congress: Tours

This morning, we’re hosting joint tours of a number of the Library of Congress’ reading rooms, collections, and services.

Tours will be offered from 8:30-10:00am and/or 10:30am-Noon – please make sure you check your preregistration and note the time! Tours will start on time, so note the locations below.

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). 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.

 

First Round (8:30am-10:00am)

  • European Division (Jefferson)
  • Hispanic Division (Jefferson)
  • Geography and Map Division (Madison)
  • Law Library of Congress (Madison)
  • Preservation Directorate (Madison)

 

Second Round (10:30am – Noon)

  • Africa and Middle Eastern Division (Jefferson)
  • Asian Division (Jefferson)
  • Geography and Map Division (Madison)
  • Law Library of Congress (Madison)
  • Preservation Directorate (Madison)
  • Congressional Research Service (Madison)

 

We love it when you share more pictures or updates with us, so email them to hannah@2016preconference.org or add them to our twitter feed (#IFLAPREatLOC). Later in the day, we will post a group of photos for you to enjoy!

Please be aware that today and tomorrow are supposed to be very hot and humid here in DC, so drink a lot of water and take indoor breaks.

And as always, If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask any of us with staff badges, post on the blog, or tweet with the hash tag #IFLAPREatLOC!

 

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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.

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Picture taken by Candice Townsend.
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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
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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.

IFLA PARL

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.)

Roundup

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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Morning Pre-Conference Update: Thursday

What an eventful and exciting first day for our pre-conference! As our nightly post (with pictures!) demonstrated, all three groups enjoyed packed schedules and interesting topics & tours. If you’d like to share more pictures or updates with us, feel free to email them to hannah@2016preconference.org or add them to our twitter feed (#IFLAPREatLOC).

The schedule today includes highlights from all three groups, and as always you can access the full programmes online through these links: DOCDEL, P&C, and PARL.

Wednesday Highlights:

 

DOCDEL Satellite Meeting

  • After a continental breakfast (8:30-9:15 in Madison Building LM-649), delegates will hear a greeting from David Mao, the Acting Librarian of Congress and Mark Sweeney, Associate Librarian. The second keynote session focuses on “Rethinking Resource Sharing Around the World”.
  • Session 5 (11:00-12:00) highlights activities at The University of the West Indies Mona Libraries, Jamaica and Makerere University, followed by a buffet lunch. Breakout sessions will then focus on specific topics of interest.
  • Session 6 (3:00-4:00) examines the “Current Landscape of International Interlibrary Loan”.

 

Preservation & Conservation

  • Make sure you’re on the bus at the Madison Building C Street Entrance at 8:30am… because it’s time for a trip to the National Audiovisual Conservation Center (NAVCC)!
  • After an opening welcome from Greg Lukow (10:15), attendees will enjoy several paper presentations, followed by a group photo and shared lunch.
  • In the afternoon, experience tours of the various aspects of NAVCC, including freezer vaults, digital storage and processing, storage of AV, and materials processing.

 

PARL

  • After sharing coffee (8:30-9:00), please meet for announcements and welcome remarks by Lillian Gassie in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Jefferson Building. Session 1 offers a panel addressing “Delivering and Improving Services to Clients”, and Session 2 focuses on “Developing and Improving Tools and Processes”.
  • Lunch will be held in the Members’ Room (Yellow) and the Scholar’s Room (Green), followed by Session 3, “How to Design Products and Services that Meet Clients’ Needs”. We will then participate in related break out group discussions.
  • After the PARL Talk Updates from Regional Networks and closing remarks, everyone will depart for the Dinner-Cruise! Be sure you’re comfortable with transportation, and ask staff if needed.

 

For tomorrow, all groups please make sure you are pre-registered for the Tours of Library of Congress Collections & Services – we’re looking forward to sharing our workplace with you and learning from your questions and experiences. And for those attending the Congressional Research Service (CRS) tour on Friday, please think of questions to ask my panel!

 

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask any of us with staff badges, post on the blog, or tweet with the hash tag #IFLAPREatLOC!

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Evening IFLAPREatLOC Update: Wednesday

 


What an incredible, packed day of #IFLAPREatLOC activities!

IFLA DOCDEL started their day with a keynote speech from IFLA President, Donna Scheeder, and then moved on to a day of talks on such topics as strengthening resource sharing and interlibrary loan between the U.S. and Latin America.

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A picture of the presenters of the paper, “”A Jump To Hyperspace: Librarians In the Times of Social Research Sharing.” Picture taken by Candice Townsend.

 

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Picture Taken by Amy Gons.

 

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Picture taken by Amy Gons.

 

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Picture taken by Amy Gons.

 

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Picture taken by Amy Gons.

 


IFLA P&C had papers in the morning, then a group photograph, and then took a bus to Fort Meade, where they toured and continued their meetings in the offsite storage facility being built to preserve and protect the Library’s holdings.

Picture taken by Nathan Smith.
Picture taken by Nathan Smith.

 

Picture taken by Nathan Smith.
Picture taken by Nathan Smith.

 

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Picture taken by Nathan Smith.

 


IFLA PARL‘s morning keynote speaker was journalist and author Cokie Roberts, who spoke about the value of non-biased, non-partisan information to democracy. She kicked off an fascinating and intense schedule of panels, trainings on the U.S. Congressional process, and a tour of the U.S. Capitol building.

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Cokie Roberts. Photo taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

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Donna Scheeder. Photo taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

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David Mao. Photo taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

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Mary Mazanec. Photo taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

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Services to Congress Panel. Photo taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

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Tour of Congress. Photo taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

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Getting it Right Panel. Photo taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

We have heard that some people had difficulty getting into the Jefferson Building between 8-8:30 am today, though you should be able to do so as an IFLAPREatLOC delegate. We believe we have sorted things out now, but please let us know if you run into any further difficulties tomorrow morning. Thanks!

 

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Morning Pre-Conference Update: Wednesday

Welcome to the first full day of IFLA PRE 2016! We hope you all enjoyed the welcome reception last night – delegates toured the Main Reading Room, heard Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao greet the group, and shared time together in the lavish Great Hall. Look for a slide show of photos, and feel free to add your own to our twitter feed (#IFLAPREatLOC).

Today will be an eventful day, so be sure to refer to your programme, accessible online (PARL,  P&C, DOCDEL) and or in your preconference bag.

A few notable highlights for the PARL attendees:

  • 8:30-9:00am: Make sure you’ve picked up your badge and bag at the registration table (Coolidge Auditorium) and then join colleagues for coffee at Whittall Pavilion.
  • 9:00-12:30pm: Enjoy welcoming addresses from David Mao, our Acting Librarian of Congress, and Donna Scheeder, President of IFLA, followed by Cokie Roberts’ Opening Keynote and a summary of The United States Congress in a Separated Powers System. After a coffee break, learn more about the services we at the library offer to Congress and our legislative information tracking tool, Congress.gov.
  • 12:30-13:45pm: Lunch will be served in the Members’ Room (green) and the Scholar’s Room (yellow)
  • 13:45-16:00pm: After a tour of the U.S. Capitol, we hear from the House and Senate Libraries.
  • 16:00-16:15pm: Be sure to join the Group Photograph in Whittall Pavilion!
  • 16:45-18:30pm: Hear from our colleagues on Capitol Hill: a panel discussion followed by a Keynote from Dan Lungren, former U.S. Representative and former Chair of the Committee on House Administration.

 

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask any of us with staff badges, post on the blog, or tweet with the hash tag #IFLAPREatLOC!

The mezzanine of the Great Hall. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.

IFLA PARL Reception


IFLA PARL launched its pre-conference this evening with a lovely opening reception in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. Thank you to all of the organizers, and a special thanks to those who made the Main Reading Room and Great Hall available to us after-hours. That was certainly an extraordinary treat.

Look for more photos in the morning update, but here are a few to start.

An early rush at the reception desk. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.
An early rush at the reception desk, but we’re happy to see everyone arriving. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

The Chilean delegation in the Great Hall, after registration. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.
The Brazilian delegation in the Great Hall, after registration. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

Christine Wellems of Germany and Chama Mfula of Zambia in the Great Hall. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.
Christine Wellems of Germany and Chama Mfula of Zambia in the Great Hall. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

Lynn Brodie of Canada and Mary Mazanec of the United States in the Main Reading Room. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.
Lynn Brodie of Canada and Mary Mazanec of the United States in the Main Reading Room. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

The Main Reading Room with international delegates. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.
The Main Reading Room with international delegates. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.

 

David Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress, speaking at the reception. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.
David Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress, speaking at the reception. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.
The mezzanine of the Great Hall. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.
The mezzanine of the Great Hall. Picture taken by Hannah Fischer.