Over the past few days I’ve had the opportunity to enrich my professional career by attending the 66th annual Canadian Library Association conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The city is vibrant (if a bit foggy) and the conference lineup is stacked with appealing speakers and great info sessions.
With so many concurrent sessions it can be difficult to hit everything, but if I were only able to attend one session this would be it:
“Service Learning: Bringing the World into LIS Education
Friday, May 27
What does every manager want from LIS graduates? Librarians who are able to tackle real library problems. How do we help students develop these skills? By giving them experiences to apply and test themselves. Come to this session to discover how service learning benefits LIS students and to hear about recent service projects led by Librarians Without Borders’ students in Costa Rica and Guatemala.
Speakers: Carolyn Doi, Liaison Librarian, McGill University
Melanie Sellar, Education Services Librarian, Marymount College
Erin Walker, Children’s Services Librarian, Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library”
Considering I was one of the twenty-seven librarians who was lucky enough to participate in our April 2011 service trip to Guatemala, I may be biased in my choice. Regardless, I urge anyone with an interest in non-traditional librarianship or advocacy for under-serviced populations to stop by and learn about our efforts and successes in Central America.
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