June 8, 2014
Sunday was the official opening of the conference. A local First Nation leader (Canadian version of Native American), Elder Shane Pointe, gave a stirring invocation (I later learned that it is standard practice to have opening invocations provided by local natives — the public lands, including the waterfront properties, are all theirs, after all). He referred to us as medicine men who seek the gift of information from the Spirit and make it available to the people who need it. Can’t wait to see the video of the opening on the SLA website. (see more notes on the opening at http://hurstassociates.blogspot.ca/2014/06/sla2014-notes-from-opening-general.html)
After the opening session, I split a competitive intel session, a panel of Borderless CI, with a session on MOOC challenges and ops for librarians. Then I split a session, The Evolving Information Professional (mostly government in the first half), with another CI session, Applying Elicitation Methods for Social Media Research. Then I attended a full Mary Ellen Bates session, Information Alchemy: Adding Value Where It Counts.
On the way to the hotel, I passed a curious rally/event at the Vancouver Art Museum, the commemoration of an attack on a Sikh temple by Indian officials in 1984. People were slaughtered, and books and artifacts were destroyed, and apparently it never made it to the western press. Was it an attempt at cultural genocide? Gotta learn more about this…
Exhausted from jet-lag and being up late the night before, I stumbled upon a Five Guys, took a burger and fries back to my room, dined, and crashed early.