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I am really chuffed to be speaking at International Federation of Library Associations  World Library and Information Congress in Singapore in August 2013.

IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

IFLA was in fact Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 30 September 1927 at an international conference.

For 2010-2015, the IFLA Governing Board has set out four Strategic Directions:

  • Empowering libraries to enable their user communities to have equitable access to information;
  • Building the strategic capacity of IFLA and that of its members;
  • Transforming the profile and standing of the profession;
  • Representing the interests of IFLA’s members and their users throughout the world.

1927 was a long time ago and libraries here have changed hugely I hope we can host a congress again at some point over the next few years

World Library and Information Congress – Singapore

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Several people have written about Greyfriars Bobby and various details and embellishments have been added. Many from imagination and speculation, however it is important to remember that records show that the Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby was a real dog who became a companion to his master John Gray (Auld Jock), in the 1800’s.

The legend of Greyfriars Bobby is known the world over, and we’re celebrating the life one of our city’s favourite characters with some very special events. Look out for more details over the coming days

This annual event which takes place in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

The Rt Hon Donald Wilson, Lord Provost of Edinburgh will open the
Commemoration Ceremony for Greyfriars Bobby at 12.45pm in the Greyfriars Kirkyard on 14th January 2013 and afterwards at Central Library, George IV Bridge.  

Greyfriars Bobby

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I love Seth Godin – He thinks the librarians of the future will almost universally be tasked with tutoring students on their homework, teaching customers computer basics, and other responsibilities putting them at the front lines. But this transition is a positive one, as it nurtures a heightened sense of community and destigmatizes the librarian profession

” painting them as neighbourly mentors instead of silencing book police”

I love Seth Godin