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IFLA 2014 Lyon: lightning tour

I had three very productive days at the IFLA Congress in Lyon this week. With over 4,000 delegates representing over 120 countries, and plenary speakers including Bernard Stiegler, Florence Aubenas and Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, the programme could not fail to be exciting. 

Two of the hottest topics were MOOCs, both in Pierre Dillenbourg’s plenary presentation and the general session presented by Sandy Hirsh from San Jose State University, and library metrics and evalution in a session introduced by Sharon Markless from King's College London and David Streatfield of Information Management Associates. 


SHR stylin meets German design ©@berlinbikeblogIf you had your ear to the ground you would also have caught me speaking on Outsourcing in UK Law Firm Libraries at the Law and Parliamentary Libraries' session on 19th August. There were lots of questions during the session and some great feedback. You can read the full text of my paper in the IFLA Library.

And of course there was a huge range of social events with the chance to meet even more people. Here (left) are some strays on their way to Tuesday's Cultural Evening at La Sucrière (which absolutely was not a Time Lord convention despite appearances – with apologies to PaperC GmbH and thanks to @berlinbikeblog for the photo).

A fuller report will follow shortly.

 

– Donald Lickley

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