This morning I had the honor of giving the opening speech at the 11th Jornades Catalanes d’Informació i Documentació in Barcelona. It was my first talk with an interpreter and I entered the room in procession with the Catalonian Minister of Culture. Wow. To be honest, all of that made me a bit nervous! It went really well though and it was very comforting to realize that librarians here are dealing with the same things we are in the US.
I’ve been seeing quite a bit of the city the past few days, and I’ve uploaded a few library related pictures to Flickr: an old handwritten catalog card, the reading room in the Biblioteca de Catalunya, a bookstore called Happy Books, and some dusty bottles at one of Hemingway’s favorite place to drink absinthe. Best of all is a book exchange they’ve set up in the Metro.
I’ve seen all the touristy stuff I want to see and I haven’t quite mastered sitting around like the Barcelonistes so tomorrow I’m going to tour a few public libraries.
One last thing. The librarians at this conference, no lie, are the most fashionable people I’ve seen in Barcelona so far. Ciao for now.