The first-ever IFLAcamp, sponsored by the New Professionals Special Interest Group, was held this year as an IFLA satellite meeting in beautiful Hämeenlinna, Finland. IFLAcamp featured an unconference format. For those of you, like me, who have never experienced an unconference before, this format provides the opportunity for an exhilarating, PowerPoint-free exchange of ideas and knowledge.
Some of the topics that were discussed at IFLAcamp included Website Optimization, Library as Business Incubator, eBooks, Bridging the Physical and the Digital, and New Library Professionals as Managers. All the discussions I attended were very insightful and provided a great opportunity to learn from colleagues around the world as they shared their projects and experiences.
Now onto more important questions…like what do you wear to an unconference to strike the perfect balance between professional and casual? Librarian Lifestyle was on the scene photographing the latest in new librarian fashion from around the world.
Sanita Maleja, University of Latvia
Mace Ojala, Cycling for Libraries Unconference Organizer, Finland
Damon McGhee, University of Illinois, USA
Katia Shklyar, Sello Library, Espoo, Finland
Antti Impivaara, Turku City Library, Finland
Katie Mills, University of Western Australia and Pussadee Nonthacumjane, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Sören Niehäuser, Hochschule Ruhr West – University of Applied Science, Germany
Sebastian Wilke, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Christian Gutknecht, University of Zurich, Main Library, Switzerland and Dace Udre, New Professionals Section of the Library Association of Latvia
Kseniya Timofeeva, Kaliningrad Library System and Tanya Tupota, Kaliningrad Library System, Russia
Are you a new professional planning on attending IFLA 2013? Don’t miss IFLAcamp! The New Professionals Special Interest Group will be hosting the second annual IFLA Camp in the Singapore-area, and it is not to be missed. You can keep up on the latest in new librarian happenings by following the New Professionals Special Interest Group on Facebook and Twitter.
By Karen Holt. Karen is a librarian at the University of Texas at Austin and she is the Editor of Librarian Lifestyle. Karen is interested in all things international, and she tweets @karenholt.