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.


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.


Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians

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 Reports from the Public Library Association Conference

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.

Outside the exhibit hall, the big excitement has been about book maven,
reader's advisory goddess and author Nancy Pearl . She
of course is the librarian with her own personal
'shushing action figure'. Nancy presented "Book Buzz"
to an overflow crowd, seated inside and outside the Constitution Ballroom in
the Sheraton Hotel where audio was being broadcast into the lobby. Her
presentation included a discussion with a panel of publishers, Nora
Rawlinson of Time Warner, Marcia Purcell of Random House, Virginia Stanley
of HarperCollins and Talia Ross of Hotzbrinck, all touting their forthcoming

Journalist, producer and best-selling author Linda Ellerbee (Take Big Bites
-- Adventures Around the World and Across the Table, Penguin Putnam) kicked
off the opening general session on Wednesday, also to an overflow crowd.
She confessed to the crowd that her recent birthday (age 60) has caused her
to do a lot of soul searching, and that surviving breast cancer, a divorce
and other hardships has caused her to arrive at certain conclusions,
incuding "face a problem with a solution" and "when all else fails -- do it
your way". Here's a link to an NPR story on her new memoir/travel guide...


Second Convention of Slavic Librarians in Sarajevo

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:
[email protected]

Complete details on the
website ( Serbo-Croatian?...)

Or by post:
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."

17:00 - 17:30 Registration of participants
17:30 - 19:00 Welcome and cocktails, Speeches by Federation
Minister of Culture and Sport and Organizer

Official ALA 2006 New Orleans Wiki Launched

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.



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