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Conferences and Conference Options

Lessons from ALA 2010

Three years ago, at the ALA Annual Conference in DC, I wrote this blog post. I was a month into a new job and trying to find my way into the impenetrable depths of the seemingly endless ALA.  My past experience in other associations told me that Woody Allen was right when he said that eighty...

Conferencing: Computers in Libraries and Evergreen 2010

What makes for a good conference? It’s tempting to reduce it to a simple equation: C+P+L=E. Content plus people plus location equals experience. I’m just back from three consecutive conferences and in addition to my annual sense of wonder at the librarian obsession with conferencing, I’ve been mulling over conferences in general, and technology-oriented conferences in particular....

Finding My Tribe at EDUCAUSE

“I’ve found my tribe.” I surprised myself with the admission that I felt very at home with the attendees, speakers and organizers of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Conference 2010. I had never been to the conference before and I was rather nervous about my invited presentation. This was a step away from presenting in the library world. I'll confess that it felt a bit daunting. The theme of the...

WordPress for Library 2.0 and Beyond

As part of our continuing partnership with WebJunction, ALA TechSource presents WordPress for Library 2.0 and Beyond, a Webinar with Joshua Dodson and Laura Slavin on Wednesday, February 10th at noon Eastern. WordPress has become more than just a blogging tool. It can be utilized as a fully functional content management system for library websites. Joshua and Laura, librarians at Lincoln...

Charleston: There's Nothing Finer

It’s been my experience as a librarian responsible for supporting and implementing technology that I spend more time on the “technology” bit rather than the “librarian” bit. You know, the things people think that one would do as a librarian--dealing with books, their use, and their longevity. Your mileage may vary, of course, and I think the percentages spent doing one or the other will vary with...

American Libraries Covers the 2009 LITA Forum

As many of you know, the 2009 LITA Forum took place this past weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. While we didn't have a physical presence at the conference, modern technology and networking softened this barrier a bit for us. Throughout the week, we'll providing some coverage and highlights from a number of different perspectives. To start things off, we're proud to syndicate some coverage from...

Researching Your Library Tech Decisions

I spoke this past week in San Diego, at the San Diego Law Library Association's Fall Conference, and one of the members asked me the following question (paraphrased for brevity):How do you make decisions about what technologies to offer or support at your library? With the explosion of Web 2.0 over the last 5 years, how do you decide what to offer your patrons? I decided to share my suggestions...

Anticipating LibCamp Monterey at Internet Librarian 2009

Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries are two of my favorite library technology conferences.  All of the programming focuses on the application of technology in libraries, they have great keynote speakers, and feature shorter "Cybertour" presentations in the exhibit hall--quick, 15-minute introductions to whet attendees' appetites.  This year, the organizers of Internet Librarian are...

A Tale of Two Twitters

It was the best of Twitter, it was the worst of Twitter, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity. Okay, that’s 140 characters.  While I used to be ambivalent about the value of Twitter, now, based on a whole bunch of tweeting that I observed during a recent online conference, I have become strongly ambivalent about...

Annual 2009: Catalogers Look to the Future

ALA Publishing staff working on RDA:Resource Description and Access are watching for library innovation building on bibliographic records.  Shirley Lincicum has offered some fantastic coverage of a technology that had catalogers excited at this year's annual conference. Shirley has been a professional cataloger in academic libraries for 15 years. She currently serves as Librarian/Associate...

Annual 2009: Let the Games Begin

Annual kicked off today, and at one of Chicago's swankier hotels I took part in a distinctly non-swanky event: Open Gaming Night. In an elegant ballroom at the downtown Hilton, a group of professionals from around the country gathered to kick back, socialize and have some fun. There were plenty of attendees from the time the doors opened, as eager gamers of all ages gathered at tables to play...