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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! -- Read More
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.
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.
Filipino Librarian writes "The 13th General Conference of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (Consal) starts on Monday, March 27, and ends Thursday, March 30, with library tours. There will be pre-conference events on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26. Check out the program or the blog for last-minute changes and other news. For additional information, see other posts about Consal XIII."
Birdie sent in an email report from Boston:
Hello from Boston, where the eleventh annual Public Library Association
Conference (a biennial event) is being held at the John Hynes Convention
Center in Back Bay. Public librarians from around the country are gathered
to share their best ideas and find out what's new and exciting in the
library world, and in particular how best to serve their communities in
these days of the shrinking public dollar. There are tons of publishing
houses represented of course, as well as distributors,subscription services,
and technology suppliers. Library equipment and service vendors are well
represented, from a manufacturer of themed program activity kits for
remembering Bi-folkal Productions to RFID bookdrop
manufacturers Birchard Company . I happen to be
particularly familiar with these two vendors, as I am sandwiched between
them in Exhibit Hall A, selling In My Book greeting card/bookmarks to library stores and friends groups. -- Read More
Sasa Madacki writes "The second internation convention of Slavicist librarians will be held in Sarajevo from Wednesday, 19 April 2006 through Friday, 21 April 2006. For conference schedule and hotel information, see below.
Additional information and preliminary notification by:
Complete details on the
website (...in Serbo-Croatian?...)
Or by post:
IKD UNIVERSITY PRESS d.o.o.,
PO Box 420,
71 000 SARAJEVO,
Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Fax. ++ 387 33 26 03 91
Further information will be offered in greater detail on 1 April 2006." -- Read More
Meredith Farkas, who was behind the first popular library wiki (for ALA Annual in Chicago last year), has created the ALA 2006 New Orleans Wiki... and this time it's official! (I guess that explains the Irvingesque "No organizing boycotts" rule.) Please take a look around the site and see what you can edit to make it better.
Not sure why, but for some reason, the Ottawa Sun demanded that librarian Barb Clubb (Chief Librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and current President of CLA) reveal information on travel costs of librarians to conferences (IFLA, etc.)in the past year. Seems Clubb and the paper are having some sort of dispute about making that information available to the public.
Here's the Ottawa Sun's side of things...we welcome any information on Clubb's p.o.v.. Canadian librarians, is your local paper giving you trouble on travel and expense issues?
Phoebe Ayers writes "Call for Participation -- Wikimania 2006 -- Aug. 4 - Aug. 6, Cambridge, MA For more information, see the Wikimania website: http://wikimania.wikimedia.org/ -----About Wikimania Wikimania is an annual global event devoted to Wikipedia and otherWikimedia projects. It is both a scientific conference and a communityevent, open to the public. Wikimania is a place for users and editorsof the projects to gather from around the globe, to meet each other,to exchange ideas, and to report on research and projects. This year'sconference will be held from 4-6 August, 2006, on the Harvard LawSchool campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We are accepting submissions for papers, posters, presentations,workshops, and discussion groups. We are also accepting nominationsfor speakers and speaker panels, and suggestions for other activities.Everyone is welcome to submit abstracts and ideas. Be bold in yoursubmissions!-----Important dates: * 30 Mar 2006: Proposal deadline for workshops and tutorialsNotification of acceptance: by April 30* 15 Apr 2006: Abstracts due for panels, papers, posters and presentationsNotification of acceptance: by May 15* 4-6 Aug 2006: Wikimania----- -- Read More