Reconnecting Internationally

As always, Online Information is the most wonderful place to reconnect with friends and colleagues from other countries. I was so pleased to see some familiar Czech and Slovak faces this week, people I met when I spoke at Albertina’s InForum last May. I was particularly glad to hear Anna Diacikova (her surname is without the proper diacritics, I’m afraid) speak about the competencies she requires of herself and her staff at Slovakia’s Chemosvit. The things they can accomplish with only a 5 person department! So impressive! She talked about doing things that many other information professionals only think about doing, well maybe some don’t even think about it. As a practical follow-on to the more philosophical comments of Janice Lachance, it made for a very effective track on topics relevant to information professionals.

Also in that session was Dennie Heye, a Dutch librarian with Shell Exploration and Production, talking about their globalization project. Shell has gone from an extremely decentralized library services structure to a centralized one. Standardization is one goal. I was particularly interested in how they’ve established two regional centers to handle literature searches, one in the U.S. and one in Holland.

It was also good to see colleagues from Finland that I had last seen at the October EUSIDIC meeting in Helsinki. I don’t think any of them were speaking at a session, but listening to their comments on the conference and exhibition gave me some new perspectives.

Marydee Ojala

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