Yesterday I met Anne Shirley. Well, not really, of course, but someone from Library and Archives Canada dressed up as her. This year, of course, is the centenary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables and in honour of that LAC has an exhibition in Ottawa. I`m a huge fan of the Anne series and I had a very interesting conversation with the heroine!
I`m in Canada (although not for much longer) attending the World Library and Information Congress, the annual conference of IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations). I`m thrilled to be here, both at the conference and in Quebec City. Obviously Prince Edward Island would have been my first choice of destination but Quebec is a beautiful and historic city – more French than Paris, however, and I hide my Higher French very well!
It`s been a great opportunity to attend the conference courtesy of CILIP (I know, too many acronyms; this one is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). I`ve only been at one of IFLA`s conferences before this one and it was in Glasgow. Don`t get me wrong; it was just as good a conference (in fact, it might have been better) but there`s an extra something being in a different country. I`ve been to some excellent sessions but for me the best bit has been meeting librarians from all over the world: a lecturer from Nigeria, school librarians from Norway, a health services librarian from New South Wales and a university librarian from PEI amongst many others.
It`s almost time to go home now and I will be glad of a rest but I am so glad to have been here. I`ve learnt lots from my colleagues worldwide and am looking forward to putting some of it into practice in Scotland.