Cape Town, South Africa, hosted the 81st International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) General Conference and Assembly August 15-August 21. The keynote speaker at the opening session, Rob Adam, director-designate of Square Kilometre Array (SKA), briefly introduced SKA, which will build the world's largest radio telescope, with locations in South Africa's Karoo region and Australia's Murchison Shire. The Big Data aspects of this project have the potential of proving or disproving Einstein's theory of relativity and of answering the question of whether or not people are alone in the universe. Sandy Chen, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, concentrated on discovery services, the call to do more with less, and validated search strategies. The library situation in Nigeria is somewhat precarious, but partnering with community services is one road forward, according to Emmanuel Dawha of University of Maiduguri and Georgina Oyedum of Federal University of Technology.
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