I am travelling to Durban, South Africa, for the IFLA Conference (International Federation of Library Associations) in August and am awfully excited. I finally get to rub elbows with the International set of the Librarian community and am looking forward to the opportunity to dazzle with oratory while promoting our organization, Aluka ( I am proud to represent this organization and the work we are trying to do.
Check out the conferences section and see where I would also like to go in 2008 and 2009. I have included a few shots of Durban, as well as a map of where it is for those who would like some bearing (i.e. me when they told me).

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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