A report from the “Satellite Meeting in Tampere”, 2012

Cut from the CPDWL Newsletter (in the newsletter you’ll also find some pictures)

Juanita Jara de Súmar. Newsletter Editor

The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning is the title of the Satellite meeting convened jointly by the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and Information Literacy Sections and hosted by Tampere University Library, in Tampere, Finland, 8 – 10 August 2012 . The organizing committee was chaired by Susan Schnuer and Leena Toivonen.

Conveners, host and editorial team did a fantastic job,. The venue was excellent and the programme was rich, varied and very interesting. For the first time a CPDWL satellite meeting had it own website http://iflasatellitetampere2012.wordpress.com, where you can find the slide shows that accompanied the presentations.

A mentoring programme for first time participants was offered for this event, The help of seven volunteers coordinated by Arne Gundersen and Zuza Wiorogorska was much appreciated by those who benefitted from it.

Also, as is customary in all CPDWL satellite meetings, the editors of the proceedings: Roisin Gwyer, Ruth Stubbings & Graham Walton delivered the volume containing the Elizabeth Stone Memorial Lecture and 22 selected papers. The proceeding have been published as IFLA Publications Series 157.

A total of 126 registrations were received. Participants came from all five continents, but mainly from Europe. And something they appreciated very much was the friendly atmosphere and the opportunities for networking.

The local committee organized a city and surroundings tour, various library tours, a reception at the Old City Hall, offered by the City of Tampere, and an excellent Conference dinner.

The Conference itself started with a Welcome address from Katja Kannonlahti, the University of Tampere Head of Communications. This was followed by the Elizabeth Stone Memorial Lecture, delivered by Kirsti Lonka from the University of Helsinki, on Engaging Learning Environments for the Future.

The second day started with the Keynote Lecture Facilitating Learning Through Guided Inquiry, delivered by Carol Kuhlthau, Professor Emerita Rutgers University

The rest of the program of the two days was divided in seven sessions, with a total of 37 papers and 6 workshops. There were also 6 poster sessions on display.

The organizers expressed their gratitude to the Tampere University staff who helped in multiple ways and the librarians who conducted visits and library tours, and to Standing Committee members who volunteered to be moderators of the sessions.

And, of course, the coffee breaks and lunches were wonderful!

Additional photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/taykirjasto/sets/72157630982989118/show/