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Google's ALA 2006 Wrap-up and "Tips of the Trade"

A few weeks ago Google had the pleasure of meeting many librarians at the American Library Association's annual conference in New Orleans. They say it was gratifying to be part of the city's renaissance as a hub for gatherings like this one, and to share that historic experience with nearly 17,000 librarians who flew in from all across the country to share ideas and learn from one another.

They brought along a camera crew to capture some of the excitement, and they're sending this special ALA dispatch so that even if you weren't able to attend, you can get a taste of the experience.

New Orleans Marks a Recovery Milestone, their First Convention

Check out Chris Arnold's report on All Things Considered //NPR about the first convention to hit New Orleans after Katrina--yes, ALA.

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And the librarians shall lead them

Nice One From The Times-Picayune. Chris Rose says the American Library Association convention this weekend was a serious step in the right direction. "I don't mean to read too much into this event, but it's a sign that New Orleans is ready to be, once again, New Orleans when drunken librarians in relax-fit jeans and plaid shirts cavort in the halls of fancy hotels."

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Heading to New Orleans? Prepare Yourself to Laissez Les Bontemps Roulez

For the ALA annual conference in New Orleans that starts this Thursday, June 22, Fodor's offers a downloadable PDF New Orleans travel guide at Fodors.com. Updated for the ALA, it has information on hotels, restaurants, sites and Hurricane Katrina's effect on the Crescent City.

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We're Blogging (and podcasting!!) at the NJLA Conference

As a member of the NJLA Information Technologies Section, I am proud to announce that the New Jersey Library Conference (April 24-26) is being blogged here.

For the first time ever, we will be hosting a podcasting station at the conference!
Check us out!

On-Line International Podcasting Expo

Here's an easy conference to take in, in the comfort of your own office or home--The International Podcasting Expo begins today and contines for 48 hours. Lots of give-aways and goodies, as per usual.

Download the schedule and other information on attending from PR web. Or buy a CD at the conclusion of the conference.

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NMRT Conference Mentoring Program now taking applications

For those of you going to New Orleans, the New Members Round Table (NMRT) Mentoring Committee is once again seeking participants for their Conference Mentoring Program at the ALA Annual Conference in June!

ALA and New Orleans

Leslie Burger is back from her quick trip to New Orleans along with Michael Gorman, Keith Fiels, Diedre Ross and Deborah Bloom. She says it appears from what they all saw that the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau along with the hotels are well prepared for the big conference. The Convention Center will be completely refurbished by the time of the conference. They also met with the asst. director of Public Health who reassured them about the city's capacity to handle emergency services.

CIL2006 Sketches

Derik Badman did a lot of sketching while at Computers in Libraries 2006 in Washington DC in March 2006. He posted them all On Flickr, and they're quite good. I especially liked "Michael's catchphrase" and Roy Tennant on ditching the word OPAC.

Librarians Convene in Boston

Here's An NPR Report on PLA from a few days ago. Thousands of librarians from across the nation are gathered in Boston this week for the Public Library Association's annual convention. They'll discuss among other topics, how to more aggressively market their libraries, and keep people coming in the door, in an era when Internet research is easily done from the comfort of home.

Bob Oakes speaks with Dan Walters, the president of the Public Library Association. We asked him whether libraries are becoming more creative in their bid to attract patrons.

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