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.


Ottawa Librarian Quizzed About Library Conference Attendance

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?

Call for Participation -- Wikimania 2006

Phoebe Ayers writes "Call for Participation -- Wikimania 2006 -- Aug. 4 - Aug. 6, Cambridge, MA For more information, see the Wikimania website: -----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-----


Asia-Pacific Conference on LIS

Filipino Librarian writes "The Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education & Practice (A-LIEP) will be held in Singapore, 3-6 April 2006. A-LIEP is quite possibly "the first LIS conference focusing on the Asia-Pacific region." Speakers and participants will be coming from North America, Europe and, of course, Asia. More..."


The Library + information Show (LiS)

Nyree writes "Coming this April to the The Pavilion, NEC, Birmingham: The 17th annual The Library + information Show (LiS). LiS caters to all sectors of the library profession, bringing them together to share key industry developments, the latest technology, exchange ideas and debate current issues. A programme of free, practical seminars presented by senior librarians and UK industry experts is available on the show floor with full days dedicated to the four library sectors: public, academic, workplace and school. The Library + information Show is running alongside MUREX, the UK's national exhibition for museum resources."


Call for proposals - Code4lib 2006

I saw this posted in several lists but not on any
blogs. Call for proposals - Code4lib 2006 We are
now accepting proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2006. [1] Code4lib 2006
is a loosely structured conference for library technologiststo commune,
gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge
collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped
into a conference-ish format. It is *the* event for technologists building
digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and

At least six time slots will be available for prepared
talks. We will choose from among the proposals based on diversity of
topics, usefulness, wow factor, and potential impact. Proposals of 75
words or less are being accepted for review now. Please send your name,
email address, and proposal to code4libcon. [2] We cannot accept every
prepared talk proposal, but multiple lightning talk sessions will
provide everyone who wishes to present with ample opportunity to show
off. The proposal deadline is January 2, 2006, and proposers will be
notified by January 9, 2006. Prepared Talk
Prepared talks are 20 minutes, and must center on
"tools" (some cool newsoftware, software library or integration platform),
"specs" (how to get the most out of some protocols, or proposals for
new ones), or "challenges" (One or more big problems we should
collectively address). We will evaluateproposals on criteria of usefulness,
newness, geekiness, and diversity of topics. [1] [2] Again,
proposals should be sent to [2].

Coverage of the Internet Librarian conference, 2005

An Anonymous Patron writes "Re IL2005: I could not attend, but the coverage has been terrific and has filled many of the blanks. Coverage of note includes:

Librarian In Black continues posting some fascinating thoughts and predictions emerging from conference seminars at Internet Librarian 2005. Also posting interesting discussion on IL2005 are Liz Lawley (future of librarianship); Free Range Librarian (Ethics talk); The Shifted Librarian (observations from IL2005); and G from Library Bitch hams it up with his own style of commentary on the commentary."


AASL conference blog

Aliceinfo writes "Check out the brand-new AASL Conference blog at for summaries of sessions and up-close-and-personal observations from conference attendees at the American Association of School Librarians' 12th National Conference in Pittsburgh PA, 10/6-9/2005"


More coverage of the American Association of School Librarians

Librarian conference focuses on enticing reluctant readers to read

Anonymous Patron writes "The Washington Observer Reporter has some coverage of the American Association of School Librarians conference held at David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Wednesday through Sunday. "To not acknowledge graphic novels, particularly Japanese comics, is self-defeating," Jones said, adding that the series of Simpson comics also should be on school library shelves. Shorter works, such as Tupac Shakur's poetry collection, "The Rose that Grew from Concrete," have proven popular among readers with short attention spans."

5 libraries serve as examples: National librarian convention looks to them for inspiration

Anonymous Patron writes "The Pittsburgh Post Gazette is also covering the conference. Yesterday, about 90 librarians from across the country were to have toured the libraries at Keystone Oaks Middle School, Jefferson Elementary in Mt. Lebanon, Bower Hill Elementary in Peters, Upper St. Clair High School and West Mifflin Area High School."


Chronicle Colloquy on Student Learning

Anonymous Patron wrote us about Higher Education for Multi-Taskers.

On Wednesday at 2 PM (Eastern Time), The Chronicle will host a live online discussion on teaching and learning with the "Millennial" generation.

Richard T. Sweeney, librarian at NJIT, will field questions, which you can submit now.

A transcript will be available following the discussion.

Recent library conferences have covered this topic -- often with the same sort of bemused condescension that 19th century anthropologists exhibited toward alien cultures.


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