Okay, I'm collecting all these links and I have to share them!!
Librarians Against Bush - hee hee, just thought it was funny there was an actual group and website! Hmm, this is actually an interesting issue I've learned I'll have to talk about another time.
Here was an interesting blog posting about the usefulness of libraries. In the third paragraph the writer says, "Dare I say it? We don't need the library." She brings up an intersting point, and this is being discussed a lot amongst librarians and other people.
Here's a great article about librarian's challenging stereotypes. NO - not all librarians are older white women of indeterminate age, wearing sensible shoes and a bun and glasses and shushing people! This joke comes up quite a bit in our classes so far, the 'stereotypical' librarian. There aren't really any people in my class of 72 that look the part.
Here is the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, or IFLA. IFLA is "the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users." I'll definitely be checking them out.
IFLA and ALA have started a public education campaign called The Campaign for the World's Libraries.
And here is the International Library Informationa and Analytical Center, or ILIAC. Looks possibly interesting...
Here's something I really want to look into, the international library initiatives sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Now, I can't give you links to this one, but there is a chapter of ASIS&T on campus, or, The American Society for Information Science and Technology. One of their special information groups is called International Information Issues, so of course their acronym is SIG-III. They have a meeting next week so I'll report back!
Well, that's it for now!