Thursday saw a shortened programme, with only two sessions in the three tracks and a closing keynote beginning after lunch and scheduled to end at 3.30 with the conference close. I had been looking forward to hearing Steve Arnold, with his very distinguished panel (Francois Bourdoncie from Exalead, Daud Kahn from Casenove, Martin White from Intranet Focus, and a late addition from Autonomy), but the conference organizers put the closing session into one of the smaller conference rooms and I couldn’t inch my way in.
I thought the first session of the day, on Gen Y librarians, took an interesting tack, since the panelists were Gen Y librarians. I wasn’t baby boomers telling us how dreadful the younger generation is. A Chartered Management Institute study of Gen Y dispells the myths that they are lazy and not loyal to their employers. Gen Y people don’t break their personal and work lives into separate boxes. Frankly, it began to sound like independent consultants to me. The other important takeaway was that Gen Y may not be about age at all, but about attitude.
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