I am at IFLA as we speak, setting up the booth for the day. After my initial bout of mild dysentery, I am recovered and doing well. Durban is lovely geographically, not unlike a tropical Detroit. My hotel, although nice in itself, is in one of the violent neighborhoods in town so we are basically whisked around in buses and the like and I have had very little opportunity to look around. I imagine this will be the case for the rest of my time in Durban. The closest I have got to the Indian Ocean is through my bus window.

I am not sure how credibility this report has, but according to a gaggle of librarians I was talking with the other night, there have been 4 muggings so far. Librarians beware! Although it is not hard to see why the devious type might target librarians. They are so friendly and eager to communicate.

I am here for another few days and then off to Pretoria to deliver my training. I am too tired to be nervous about that. I have had a fair amount of jet lag and so I am waking up after three hour stretches of sleep. Aside from that, I am having a good time.

At the booth itself, I am beginning to question my sales ability. I can’t quite seem to turn up the schmaltz to make these proceedings work.

I will have to refine my skills and forgo my dignity.

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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