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

Thursday, 20 April 2006
9:30 - 9:45 Opening of Second International Convention
of Slavicist Librarians in Sarajevo
Minister of Science and Education of Sarajevo Canton
Chair of Librarians; Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina
9:45 -10:30 Session 1: Topic 1 History of slavistic collections
Joint presentation by international participants
10:30 - 11:15 Session 2:
contributions by participants
11:15 -11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 12:30 Session 3:
contributions by participants
12:30 - 13:15 Session 4:
contributions by participants
13:15 - 15:45 Lunch break
15:45 - 16:30 Session 5: Topic 2 Future of slavistic collections
contributions by participants
16:30 -17:15 Session 6:
contributions by participants
Friday, 21 April 2006
9:45 -10:30 Session 1:
Topic 3 Challenges of technological changes
Joint presentation by international participants
10:30 - 11:15 Session 2:
contributions by participants
11:15 -11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 12:30 Session 3:
contributions by participants
12:30 - 13:15 Session 4:
contributions by participants
13:15 - 15:45 Lunch break
15:45 - 16:30 Session 5:
Topic 4 Challenges of archiving and analysis of collections
contributions by participants
16:30 -17:15 Session 6:
contributions by participants
Saturday, 22 April 2006
9:45 -10:30 Session 1:
Topic 5 Publishers, translation and contemporary presentation
Joint presentation by international participants
10:30 - 11:15 Session 2:
contributions by participants
11:15 -11:45 Coffee break
11:45 Concluding session
13:00 Visit to Book Fair
19:00 Reception hosted by Lord Mayor of Sarajevo
Sunday, 23 April 2006
08:30 Visit to cultural and historical sites: Mostar, Neum
Monday, 24 April 2006
Departure of participants in the Second International Convention of Slavicist Librarians
Application to attend the 2nd ICSL and intention to submit papers:
29 March 2006 Submission of papers: 10 April 2006

Hotel reservations:

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].


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