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.

It's That Time Again: The National Book Festival

Hip, Hip, Hurray! It's The 2005 National Book Festival this weekend. The 2005 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public. For reasons spelled out Here, the poet Sharon Olds has declined to attend.


Internet Librarian International 2005

The countdown is on for this year's Internet Librarian International. Only 5
weeks remaining to arrange your visit!

If you are facing technology challenges and looking for practical solutions,
plan now to attend Internet Librarian International on 10-11 October in

This year's conference programme showcases innovative information environments
and ideas that will help you update your skills and energise your thinking
about how to find, organise, and manage information resources. Create a
personalised conference agenda by choosing among sessions, tracks, and topics

* Blogs, Wikis and Collaboration Tools
* E-Learning and Training
* Information Organisation and Discovery
* Global Best Practices
* Digital Libraries & Resources
* Exploring Web Research Skills and Resources
* Innovative Information Environments
* Technology for Libraries
* Information Literacy
* National Digital Projects and Initiatives
* Practical Technology Tips and Tools
* Managing Corporate Libraries


Wikimania in Frankfurt

Here's one from the UK Guardian about the First International Wikimania conference in Frankfurt earlier this month.

Leon Weber, 14, was annointed as the youngest of Wikipedia's administrators this year after spending several months correcting entries on the German site. Wearing an oversized cap on top of his undersized body, he travelled alone to Frankfurt from his home town of Ottendorf-Okrilla, which was the subject of his first Wikipedia entry last year.

Here's the main page for the conference.


“Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits, Telling Our Stories.�- Librarians of Color Meet

Kathleen writes "The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) is the first-ever national conference to be held and sponsored by the five caucus associations of color at the same time in the same place. The theme is“Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits, Telling Our Stories.� The JCLC is scheduled for October 11–15, 2006 in Dallas, TX at the Adam's Mark Dallas Hotel.

The five caucus associations are affiliate members of the American Library Association (ALA) and their liaison to ALA is through its Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS). The five caucus associations have each held their own national conferences in the past. The 2006 joint national conference is co-sponsored by the American Indian Library Association (AILA); the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA); the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA); the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Provide Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. "


Ausweb conference

tqft writes ""Keynote speaker at the recent annual Ausweb conference, Terence Huwe, says the role of libraries has taken on a new importance as digital information takes the high ground in research, business and government."The Ages Has More (soul sucking registration may be required)Is there a better report on the conference? It looks interesting."


One Student's Journey To ALA Annual

Rosemarie Maldonado writes: Often said is, "Getting from here to there is the journey and that is more important than the destination." While I am no sage, I will tell you a few of my experiences on my journey with research at UB and at the ALA Annual Conference 2005 last month in Chicago, Illinois in which I co-presented a research paper as a University at Buffalo The State University of New York MLS student. I've included som tips if you are thinking about doing a special project, and some tips if you are thinking about going to a conference.

A Tale of Two Talks

Steven Bell has one Over @LJ on the big gathering last month in Chicago.

"Another American Library Association (ALA) conference comes, and along with it another opening keynoter who does little more than give us the standard, “Gee, I really, really like you� speech. It’s a syrupy blend of admiration for all things library, patronization of the causes ALA attendees support, and vitriol for those, mostly politicians and policies, we oppose."

He says it’s a tough and thankless job to arrange ALA keynote talks, but more attention should be paid to balance the political spectrum our speakers represent.



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