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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...

TechSource Forum: Annual is Coming!

Annual is just around the corner. Our bloggers discuss what they're most looking forward to this year in the Windy City: Jason Griffey: ALA Annual is always a blur of activity, and it's sad to say that while I tend to overplan like crazy, it usually takes me days after I get back before I really know what the most valuable part of the whole Annual experience was. There's a whole lot to look...

Where the rubber meets the road...

...applying what I learned at Computers in Libraries 2009 Have you ever cleaned papers off your desk, only to find lurking at the very bottom that list of nifty ideas from that awesome conference you attended months ago? It's easy enough to report what was seen and heard at a conference; it’s more difficult to apply that knowledge and demonstrate its application. Life and work inertia...

Dispatch from the Chicago Drupal4Lib BoF

Hot on the heels of Cindi's outstanding coverage of the Darien Library's Drupal Unconference, I had the chance to attend a smaller, in-person Drupal event of my own. The Chicago Drupal4Lib BoF, hosted by librarian and all-around Drupal enthusiast Leo Klein, included over twenty participants and took place in an instruction room in the library at DePaul University's downtown campus right here in...

A n00b goes camping – Drupal Camp at Darien Library

Get Engaged with Unconferences Drupal Camp 2009 at Darien Library in Connecticut was my first “unconference.” This informal style of professional gathering, also called “Barcamp” (Library Camp, in libraryland), assumes two things: that everyone in attendance is an expert in one area or another, and that the group of people who show up are the right group of people to be there. There is...

They're Just Tools: Enhancing our work with Technology

I really enjoyed ALA Midwinter. Touching down in 70 degree weather on Wednesday was a treat and participating in various activities with colleagues and folks who I admire is a great way to spend a few days in the Mile High City.Last summer, I wrote about the use of Twitter at Annual. This time around everything seemed even more connected and accessible. I'm very impressed with what the LITA folks...

Virtual Participation on a Shoestring - LITA Rocks the House!

My original intention was to write about LITA's Top Technology Trends Round Table at the recent ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver (I'm on the committee) and our integration of technologies. I intended to make the session available to remote viewers and engage our in-person audience, then I went to the LITA Town Hall meeting and sat at a table of the most amazing people who, working together, set up...

Reflections on Midwinter

Unlike Tom, I actually attended the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. I spent most of the weekend on the exhibition floor, chatting with librarians and vendors from around the country. Attendees were, as always, curious and happy to chat, discuss products and talk about their libraries. Still, in talking with other vendors on the floor, a common theme emerged--librarians are always...

The Great Chain of Being There

An amazing thing happened to me last Saturday--I attended a few events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver from the comfort of my own home here in western Missouri.  How is that possible, you ask?  The last time I checked, there is a small landform called The Great Plains  between my home and Denver.  Several of the Midwinter events were offered simultaneously on ALA Island and other venues in...

Midwinter Map

For anyone who needs help finding there way around the upcoming conference, Jason has posted this map over at LITA.

Video Coverage of the Gaming Symposium

Our friends at AL Focus have once again provided some great video coverage, this time from last week's Gaming, Learning and Libraries Symposium. To relive your fantastic memories, or to find out how much fun you missed, check out this post by Greg Landgraf.