Stephen Abram was also a presenter for several sessions at IFLA. He has posted his slides on Stephen’s Lighthouse. I think his IFLA Resource Sharing Satellite Conference, which took place in Boston, has the most informative slides. Although simple, they serve as a reminder of what we’re facing and what we can achieve if we open ourselves up to the possibilities.
Stephen’s slides remind us to think about ILS in global terms, rather than local terms. That was something that really struck me throughout IFLA. It’s not just about “exposing” ourselves to our community, it’s about thinking on a larger scale. We aren’t just reaching our local users, or even regional users, libraries can speak to the global community. We can share, collaborate and help communities and libraries anywhere in the world because of the technologies available to us.