BC Librarian's Assn Conference

Intellect attended the British Columbia Librarian’s Association Conference for the first time and serendipitously, it was the centennial year. Lucky us! Held in Victoria’s beautiful conference center, the adjacent Fairmont Empress made for some very elegant birthday celebrations. Paul Whitney gave an excellent keynote speech on the library as cultural institution that looked fondly back and optimistically, if cautiously, forward. Pointing out that with the advent of microfiche in libraries in the 1930s people had already begun to prophesy the death of the book, his talk is probably best summarised by a quote used in its powerpoint slides: “There is a tendency to overestimate the short-term effects of the shift to digital, and underestimate the long-term impacts.” It was a great pleasure meeting everyone who stopped by to chat, and getting more insight into the issues, concerns and perspectives of librarians, as they are such a fundamental element of what we do here at Intellect.

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