Well in a little over 7 days, I’ll be flying over to Turkey to begin my adventure. Last week, we had a conference call with Herbert Achleitner and the other attending students to discuss the conference and any questions we had. I am slightly concerened about the wifi situation in Turkey and Bulgaria, but I’ve been assured that there are actually wireless spots in and around Istanbul and Sofia. I am also somewhat concerned about the level of security I’ll have with my laptop over there. I suppose that this is one of those instances where you’ve got to throw caution to the wind and trust that no one’s going to steal your identity. Maybe I’m being naiive…
Anyway, we’ve got no plans in Istanbul except to explore the Mosques and the Bazaar. From there, we’re planning on taking a bus from Istanbul to Sofia, which was recommended over the train in terms of price and comfort.
If everything goes smoothly wifi-wise, I will be heavily covering the conference here on the blog with photos and discussion. Amy and I are almost finished with our poster for the presentation. I’ll be interested to hear what people think about it. It’s a rather tricky subject to be discussing library services related to virtual education in a global market to a group of Europeans. As an American, what I’ve come to think of as a library here has a very different meaning elsewhere, actually everywhere else. In some respect, we’re not really able to address the world’s education situation coming from a country where 1. basic education is free, 2. access to technology is rampant, and 3. libraries in the U.S. strive to be everything to everyone. But we’re posing the solution to some of the most basic road blocks to global higher education: technology. I’m fully prepared to get schooled, but if being overly optimistic is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
Cross your fingers for safe travels and abundant wireless signals!