Library Globetrotters: Library experience in five countries
Track: Wild Card
Canyon Maple A
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Colorado has many “globetrotters,” librarians who can share experiences in international libraries they visit or help. Four librarians will share their experiences in five countries. Nebeyou Nunamo, Ethiopia, will describe libraries in his home country and his immigrant experiences in the United States. Lisa Priebe spent the last three years in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England and will present a travelogue of rural libraries. Nancy Wood will describe the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities in building the first public library in Liberia. Sue Keefer will share her experiences in Nicaragua on the recent CAL tour. Enjoy an international experience!
Lisa Priebe is a former librarian from Colorado and has spent the past three years living in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England. She benefited from access to the community’s public library and historical archive centre. Lisa wishes to share what she has learned about the public libraries in and around Whitehaven during her marvelous adventure living in this beautiful green land where there are more sheep than people.
Nebeyou D Nunamo is originally from Ethiopia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Science from Jimma University, in Jimma, Ethiopia, and Master’s in Library and Information Science from University of Denver. He is currently employed at the Aurora Public Library as a Library Assistant and is the web content manager for Yehabet Educational and Entertainment. In his current role with Yehabet Educational and Entertainment, he supervises four people located overseas and is responsible for the overall operation of the organization website (http://www.yehabet.com/), media collection, and marketing strategies. While at the Aurora Public Library Central Branch, he teaches classes, assists with circulation and records management using Sierra (Innovative Interfaces Inc.), provides instruction to customers in the use of the library resources and equipment, performs reference searches using online databases, provide patrons with information and reference services by accessing and demonstrating how to access information through books, computers, and media services.
Finally, he has a dream to be a world class data scientist. It always has been his dream to increase his leadership skills to contribute to the information organizations greater goal. He considers himself an innovator and a good leader and desires to be part of an organization that seeks a problem solver.
Nancy Wood serves as Branch Manager of Park County Public Library – Fairplay Branch.. When she co-founded “Hope for Children of Africa” in January of 2005, she was not a librarian. After recruiting a global alliance in 2010, to build the first public library in Liberia, West Africa, and was given the title of program manager, did she seek to become a librarian. She will share with us her adventure through a style of storytelling that she witnessed in Liberia. The presentation title is “Hearing a different drummer with a beat from West Africa”
Originally from northern Illinois, Sue Keefer has lived in Colorado since 1978. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and has worked on daily and weekly papers in Illinois, Iowa, and Colorado. She began her library career in 1983 and has worked at public libraries, school libraries, a bookmobile, and a prison library before receiving her MLS from Emporia State University in 2010, when she also was hired for my current position of Learning Resources Director of the Otero Junior College.
Going to Nicaragua was an amazing experience for her. The gratitude and smiles received for simply delivering books was a humbling experience. Being able to participate in the Anniversary Celebration was icing on the cake.
IFLA President, Donna Scheeder, to Speak at MPLA-CALCON 2016
Donna Scheeder, outgoing president of IFLA, will speak on So People May Know; Access to Information Around the World on Friday, October 21, at 5:00 p.m. This program is co-sponsored by the ILCE-IG of CAL.
Donna Scheeder is the current President for the International Federation of Library Associations, where her presidential theme is “Libraries: A Call to Action.”
Prior to becoming IFLA President, Ms. Scheeder served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. She provided leadership for the provision of a wide range of information and collection services for the U.S. Congress, the Courts, the Executive Branch agencies and the public. Ms. Scheeder introduced a number of innovative services during her career including establishing the first collection of legal blogs and instituting the Electronic Briefing Book product for the Congress. She serves on the organizing committees for both the Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences which place a heavy emphasis on showcasing the latest developments in the field and the innovative services that take advantage of those developments.
Ms. Scheeder has been a member of the IFLA Governing Board for 8 years including two as Treasurer. Her networking skills have been sharpened over her 45 year career and record of volunteer public service. She is a former President and Treasurer of the Special Library Association (SLA). She is also a SLA fellow and a recipient of the John Cotton Dana award given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of special librarianship. She was elected to the SLA Hall of fame.
Ms. Scheeder lives on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Hill Center and she also serves as Chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee.
International Adult Beverage Reception
Please join us for an international adult beverage reception following Donna Scheeder’s program. We will be featuring adult beverages from around the world. Location to be announced.
Support the ILCE-IG through International Jewelry Purchases
Stop by Nancy Bolt’s booth in the exhibit area. A percent of all sales is donated to the ILCE-IG to be used for grants and programs.