Members on the Move around the World

By Hutchinson, Barbara | Information Outlook, January 1998 | Go to article overview

Members on the Move around the World


Hutchinson, Barbara, Information Outlook


Many of our SLA members are involved in international activities that enhance our profession on a global scale. The following collaborations demonstrate in a tangible way our members growing commitment to internationalization:

Press Release: The VIII Transborder Library Forum/Foro Transfronterizo de Bibliotecas will be held March 5-7, 1998, in Riverside, CA. Hosted by the University of California, Riverside, the three-day event offers workshops, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, contributed papers, vendor exhibits, and plenty of time for networking. Held at UC Riverside and the historic Mission Inn in downtown Riverside, Foro VIII will maintain its tradition of quality programs and presentations as participants speak to the theme "Border Visions, Border Missions." The planning committee proudly announces that the keynote speakers will be Dr. Carlos Velez-Ibanez, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UCR and Dr. Juan Vicente Palerm, director of UC-MEXUS, both internationally renowned experts about border issues.

This eighth Foro is the first for California. It will continue to further the goals established for this gathering: to provide a venue for the cooperative exchange of ideas, experiences, and efforts concerning the provision of library services in the bi-national border regions between the U.S. and Mexico. Objectives include strengthening links between librarians interested in building information bridges along international borders, planning and implementing cooperative projects between libraries in the U.S. and Mexico, facilitating the development of resource networks beyond library borders, introducing librarians to the most recent commercial library and computer products and services, and sharing cultural heritage. For more information, visit the Foro Web site at: lib-www.ucr.edu/foro; or contact Charlene Baldwin at UCR at 1909-787-322, or via e-mail at: charlene.baldwin@ucr.edu.

FAO Training Session: For three weeks in July, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN Headquarters Library in Rome, Italy, hosted a training session for two colleagues from the FAO Regional Office for Africa (RAF) from Accra, Ghana. FAO is undergoing a major restructuring with increasing resources provided to its regional offices to support member countries more directly. Thus, the regional offices are strengthening their library resources to better serve both FAO staff in the regions as well as member countries. This focus was made evident by the high quality staff recruited and hired to serve RAF and its Fisheries Department. At the end of three weeks it was hard to know which side learned more - the African librarians or the Rome staff.

The headquarters library staff mobilized to share information, teach new skills, and build relationships. The visiting librarians received detailed instruction on FAO's World Agriculture Information (WAICENT) program, its Virtual Library project, FAOSTAT, DADISS, and a multitude of other databases created by FAO. They networked intensively with FAO information providers so they could, in turn, be the information resources for their region. …

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