IFLA Satellite Meeting 2008 - Navigating with youth - August 5th and 6th at McGill University, Montréal



    MONTREAL, July 7 /CNW Telbec/ - On August 5th and 6th, 2008, will be held
Navigating with youth: In these days of technology, how can public libraries
attract and keep their young clientele? This Satellite Meeting precedes the
74th Annual International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
(IFLA) conference to be held in Québec City on August 10-14, 2008. This event
aims to conduct a general survey of the services offered to children and young
adults from 10 to 17 years of age in public libraries around the world and to
highlight the most recent and successful best practices. The meeting will be
held in French and English, with simultaneous translation, at McGill
University, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, with the support of the School of
Information Studies.

    An inspiring program

    During the two day congress, twenty speakers from eight countries,
including Denmark, France, Iran, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Germany and
Singapore will present projects that have succeeded in bringing teenagers aged
from 10 to 17 years old into their libraries. Also, prestigious guests are
invited at this Satellite Meeting. You will hear Charles E. Caouette, a highly
sought-after speaker devoted to improving the quality of life in educational
institutions, and Patricia Aldana, President of the International Board on
Books for Young People (IBBY) and founder of the Groundwood Books publishing
house, dedicated to literature for young people.

    Session 1: The library's impact and social role

    Does the traditional view that people use public libraries to find
information appeal to teenagers? What are the other reasons why they use the
public library? How can libraries take a more important place in the lives of
teenagers?

    Session 2: Technology: trends, on-site users, distance users, developing
    new services

    An exploration of the ways libraries have listened and responded to the
interests of young people today such as gaming, music, reading and a desire
for learning. This session explores success stories of how teens can develop
and get involved in both library activities and programs.

    Session 3: Marketing youth services and physical spaces

    How can we define the teen's needs? How can we develop specific services
for this clientele? How can libraries create physical spaces where youth can
identify themselves? All these questions will find answers in the following
presentations.

    Session 4: Innovative practices and reading programs

    From homework help to job search and outreach programs, here is a
presentation of different innovative practices that made their way.

    A cultural evening that will knock you out of this world!

    The Cultural evening, presented by TD Bank Financial Group on August 6th,
will be hosted by master of ceremony Neil Kroetsch. It will begin with Poetry
for three voices, where two poems from Quebec (The Poet's Wine by Emile
Nelligan and A Lesson in Commitment by Gaston Miron) will be read in three
languages. Then, the nominees of the 2008 TD Canadian Children's Literature
Award will be revealed. The show's finale and climax of the evening is the
presentation by the contemporary circus company the 7 fingers (les 7 doigts de
la main) of their best numbers, inspired by their three shows.

    The partners

    This satellite meeting is being organized by the association Les
Bibliothèques publiques du Québec, in collaboration with the following
sections of the International Federation of Library Associations and
Institutions (IFLA): Public Libraries, Children and Young Adult Libraries, and
Management and Marketing. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of
the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine,
TD Bank Financial Group, the City of Montréal, the McGill University School of
Information Studies, the ministère de l'Education du Loisir et du Sport, the
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Société de développement
des entreprises culturelles, the Secrétariat à la Jeunesse du Québec and the
Canadian Heritage.

    For all the details on the Navigating with youth Satellite Meeting,
please visit www.bpq.org/satelliteifla2008.

    You are invited to participate to the Navigating with youth Satellite
Meeting, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec cocktail on
August 5th and the TD Cultural Evening on August 6th.




For further information:

For further information: or to obtain a media accreditation, please
contact: Mireille Bertrand, (418) 828-0481, mireillebertrand@sympatico.ca;
Nathalie Vital, (514) 522-7874, nathalie.vital@videotron.ca; Catherine
Lalonde, (514) 282-3966, zainc@sympatico.ca

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