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My first international conference!

Two weeks ago I flew to Beijing, China to attend and present at my first international library conference! The International Conference on Embedded Education and Instruction of New Models of Library Service was held at Capital Normal University from November 15-17, 2017. Claudia McGivney and I arrived the Saturday before in order to settle in and (hopefully) recover from jet lag before our presentations on Thursday (11/16).

This was my first trip to Asia so I was a little worried about having enough vegetarian options, but luckily the Chinese know vegetables! Though the language barrier was difficult, we managed to spend a few days getting to know Beijing before the conference planner, Mandarin translator, and SBU Health Sciences Librarian superstar Michael Huang arrived. Before the conference, Michael was kind enough to take us to see the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China, both of which were breathtaking! The night before the conference began, the Dean and Associate Dean of Capital Normal University Library invited us to a tour of the Marco Polo Bridge (built in 1192) and a special dinner. It was a wonderful way to kick off the conference and a memorable experience.

The conference opened with a few keynote speeches including one by Michael Huang titled “From Embedded to Liaison Librarian: Academic Librarian in Transition” and one by Margaret Law, University of Alberta, titled “From Servants to Partners: Keeping Librarians Relevant.” Michael provided on-site translation (Mandarin/English) for Ms. Law's address.

The conference was attended by over 300 people and featured presentations in both English and Mandarin.

I presented two accepted papers which included a solo-authored paper titled “Digital Marketing Strategies in Libraries” and co-authored case study titled “Colloquium Series: a study in library faculty engagement.” Claudia, Head of Academic Engagement at SBU Libraries, presented her accepted paper, “Assessment through peer assessment: a method of peer evaluation for the liaison model."

My peer-reviewed papers are available in the conference proceedings through the following citations:

Conference Proceedings

Shi, C., Xiong, L., & Huang, M. B. (Eds.). (2017). The proceedings of the international conference on embedded education and instruction of new models of library service: The 4th international conference of Beijing Academic Network LibraryBeijing, China: Capital Normal University Press.

Papers

Haugh, D. (2017). Digital marketing strategies in libraries. In C. Shi, L. Xiong, & M. B. Huang (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Embedded Education and Instruction of New Models of Library Service: The 4th International Conference of Beijing Academic Network Library (pp. 297-303). Beijing, China: Capital Normal University Press. 

Haugh, D., & Saragossi, J. (2017). Colloquium Series: a study in library faculty engagement. In C. Shi, L. Xiong, & M. B. Huang (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Embedded Education and Instruction of New Models of Library Service: The 4th International Conference of Beijing Academic Network Library (pp. 287-296). Beijing, China: Capital Normal University Press.  

 

Dana Haugh