As usual, CPDWL had a full programme starting with the Satellite Conference in Tampere chaired by Susan Schnuer and Anne Letho. A full report is available in the CPDWL Blog on the IFLA site.
The Helsinki programme chaired by Sylvia Piggott was titled Libraries and librarians as forces for transformative change: continuing education the fuel and was held on Wednesday, August 15 from 9:30 to 11:30. The session consisted of papers from several countries, namely:
Leadership for success in the digital world by Jennifer A. Younger, Ph.D and : Janice Welburn, USA; Librarian continuing education based on third space: practice of Hangzhou Public Library, China by Yizhou WU and Junming YAO, China; Leadership in times of change by Dr. Petra Düren, Germany; Information specialist influences when collaborating in a project
by Erja Huovila and Kaisa Puttonen, Finland; Challenges for providing information to users in a multilingual university library: A case study of Punjabi University by Dr. Trishanjit Kaur, Professor and Ms. Navkiran Kaur, Assistant Professor, India; Building strong library communities, advocates, and leaders through library associations by Fiona Bradley, Netherlands. The presentations provided information of various methods and delivery medium for continuing education and workplace learning. The session attracted close to 300 participants. The full papers are available on the IFLA website as well as on the CPDWL site.
Singapore Conference Programs 2013 was discussed and a working title as well as some possible themes identified will guide us as we finalize this programme over the coming weeks. The Standing Committee agreed that the session would be in workshop format.
Information Coordinator’s report by Catharina Isberg consisted of CPDWL future communication opportunities. Catharina brought us up-to-date on all the possibilities of using social media available through established IFLA technology to communicate with our members. There is now a CPDWL Blog available for use by all as well as Tweet facility. A team of 3 lead by Catharina and assisted by Loida Garcia Febo and Juanita Jara De Sumar are collaborating on this effort. You are invited to use these media to communicate with our members. Catharina will provide help to get started when you are ready.
Finally, pleased by informed that Sylvia Piggott will, for this year, trade places with Ulrike Lang and is now the official Chair in keeping with IFLA requirements – IFLA only wants to have one person in the Chair position. Ulrike and Sylvia, will however, continue as Co-Chairs for CPDWL internal operations.