Monday, October 16, 2006

Thinking Outside the Borders

"Thinking Outside the Borders: Library Leadership in a World Community" is a conference to be held next February 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. As if Phoenix in February were not a big enough attraction for someone facing a Midwestern winter (i.e., me), the agenda looks pretty solid. In the words of the news release,

The project is designed to encourage librarians to think globally and act locally. Participants will:

* Learn cross-cultural communication strategies
* Develop an understanding of librarianship and the world community
* Focus on leadership issues affecting librarians regardless of country
* Build mutually-beneficial global professional relationships

Fifteen international participants will be accepted, so it will be important that interested persons apply early. Follow this link for program details including scholarship information and program expenses:

The conference also has an impeccable lineage. Again, in the words of the release, "THINKING OUTSIDE THE BORDERS: LIBRARY LEADERSHIP IN A WORLD COMMUNITY is a joint project of the Arizona State Library, the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois, and the Illinois State Library, USA, funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)."

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