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While a lot of knowledge sharing activities focus on making written information widely available, face-to-face interaction is still one of the most efficient (and fun) ways of learning from each other. To this aim, FAO will host a Knowledge ShareFair on the 20-22 January. Staff of Bioversity International, the CGIAR ICT-KM programme, FAO, IFAD and WFP will have the opportunity to exchange their experience on have applied new methods of communication
and knowledge sharing to improve the effectiveness and impact of their work.

One event that will be of special relevance for everyone interested in libraries (virtual and otherwise) is a session on the 22th of January, hosted by Peter Ballantyne, president of IAALD exploring the future of libraries.

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(by Mila Ramos)

In response to the demands of scholars in this digital age, a new service is now being offered by the Consultative Group on International Research (CGIAR) Virtual Library. Researchers seeking to avail of instant agricultural information, specially those pertaining to CGIAR research outputs, may now use the services of the CGIAR Virtual Library (GGVL) via a social networking tool: Skype. This is envisioned to provide services required for the 21st century and to realize better awareness and usability of the CGVL as a primary information resource for agricultural scientists the world over.

With the Skype name CGVLibrary, users, on demand, will receive instant assistance from libraries of the various agricultural centers. Currently information providers from the Bioversity (Rome), International Potato Center (CIP, Lima, Peru), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI, Los Banos, Philippines), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India), International Water Management Institute (IWMI, Sri Lanka), International Center for Research on Agroforestry (ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR, Indonesia), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA, Aleppo Syria), and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI , Washington, D. C.) are testing and taking turns in looking after site. Live service through Skype is available 16 hours a day (2:00 AM – 6:00 PM GMT) with the collaboration of 9 centers mentioned above.

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