Books for the Soul: An Adult Learner Attends CLA/ALA Conference

Szita, Ellen
August 2003
Feliciter;2003, Vol. 49 Issue 4, p204
The article presents highlights of the UCLA (Canadian Library Association)/ALA (American Library Association) Conference held in Toronto, Ontario in June 2003 by the author who attended it. On June 20, 2003 she arrived at the Toronto Airport at 3 p.m., where Thomas Quigley, Co-convenor of the UCLA Action for Literacy Interest Group, was waiting to greet her. In the evening, Quigley took her to a reception held at AlphaPlus Centre, a resource centre for adult literacy. It was a great success. The following day, she met with her guide. They went to hear a talk called "The Next Generation." It was mind-boggling - the technological changes that are being made and how libraries will be affected and the need for them to keep up with the changes. On Sunday, she met with another guide and they went to listen to Rex Murphy. His talk was witty and eloquent, and left her with much to think about regarding the importance of libraries. She attended talks by various speakers on various issues. Her personal feelings regarding the entire conference are that it was a huge success. She spoke to different people from all over the world. She left the conference with a whole new outlook on libraries and the treasures they hold.


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