Beginning of September 2013 400 attendees gathered at the Free University Berlin for the 8th IGeLU conference.
Starting with the Opening reception on Saturday September 7th right after the meeting of the representatives of the National user groups with the Steering Committee and Ex Libris, the conference begun on Sunday morning with the keynote on the history of the world library by Michael Cotta-Schonberg.
As usual, the 3 days were full of interesting sessions by the users and Ex Libris and offered plenty time for networking in between or after the sessions at the magnificent Henry-Ford-Building of the Free university where the whole conference took place.
One highlight of the conference was surely the social event on Sunday evening in the Jewish museum Berlin. Before the social event started guided tours through the museum were offered and nearly 300 attendees of the conference seized the opportunity to explore the museum building designed by Daniel Libeskind and the exhibition of Jewish history.
As part of the organizing team I had the feeling the conference was a great success and the results of the satisfaction survey seem to confirm my feelings, though only a very few attendees responded. We were wondering what was the reason for the low participation in the survey – no time or nothing to complain – but what ever the reason was we will try to organize the feedback in a more efficient way next time.
After the conference is before the (next) conference and I am looking forward to see you all in September in Oxford!
Jirka Kende, IGeLU Chair