OK, so one more last post. 🙂 This one was just too important, and had to be blogged about.
Since I have left the LIS profession in South Africa, , as explained in my previous post, I had no intention of attending IFLA this year. However, I was persuaded by my former boss, mentor, colleague and friend, Peter Lor, to attend this outstanding satellite conference, and I am SO glad that I did.
This conference was hosted superbly by the University of the Western Cape and the IFLA Library Theory and Research section, and was a thrilling and refreshing professional inquiry into the politics and contests around digitization, particularly with regard to Cultural Heritage, and many of the presentations touched on themes I had raised in my book.
The programme gives an idea of the vitally important topics covered, and the abstracts and background of the presenters is here. The quality of the papers and people was outstanding! It is likely that the full papers will be published later in a special edition open access scholarly journal, and they definitely should be, but that will take some time. I will provide the link later on when this is finalised.
We also had a chance to visit the wonderful Mayibuye Centre Archives located at the University of the Western cape.
On day two, we visited the unique District Six Museum and the presentations then followed at the Homecoming Centre.
I could not imagine a more perfect combination of cultural heritage sites for our overseas visitors, and the University of the Western Cape (especially Sally Witbooi and Genevieve Hart from UWC), and Peter Lor really did us proud. I express my profound gratitude to them all, and all the wonderful delegates I met and engaged with during the lively discussions. For me, this was the perfect, warm-hearted closure to this path that I have followed for the past 14 years. Thank you to all!
Some images from the day at the District Six Museum:
Beautiful people, as you can see. 🙂
And in the image below, the mastermind behind it all, Peter Lor, to whom I will always be grateful for the opportunities he gave me, that lead to the ideas developed in my book and Masters’ thesis. On his left is the Chair of the IFLA Library Theory and Research section, Anna Maria Tammaro (and with whom I had some wonderful discussions):
So on that really heart-warming note, I have closure and fond memories of this time in my life. From me, thank you, and Goodbye.