Also going on at CILIP last night was the International Library and Information Group (ILIG) AGM followed by ‘Meet the CILIP President, Biddy Fisher. The theme for Biddy’s talk was ‘2015: How Will Librarians Impact on the Millennium Development Goals?’ The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, to providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 — form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.
I was keen to go along to this, but my commitment to the Chartership and Beyond event took priority. I did manage to sneak in the back for the last half hour or so of an interesting talk with contributions from the audience. I know I want to be involved in everything, but the international library and information work really interests me. I met a really keen library school graduate who did the research for her dissertation in Malawi. She was so passionate about what she’s learnt and achieved and I’m very keen to read the article she has coming out which looks at one aspect of her dissertation.
As well as confirming my own interest, it also highlighted the importance of the work done by IFLA and other international information organisations. I’ll be seeing if and how I can get involved with international activities and I know just the person to talk to… Maria Cotera! She has had experience of everything libraries and information!!
So an eye opening evening for me and more activities to get involved in.