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Here's Library Journal's annual overview of ALA's upcoming conference in Orlando. Whether or not you agree with John Berry's take on the worthiness of individual sessions, I find this to be a very valuable pre-conference overview of programs.
Still no word on whether or not last year's LISNewzter summit will become an annual event. Maybe there's no room big enough in Orlando to keep the LISNews Jets and the Sharks at a safe distance. I'm certainly up for something and would be happy to coordinate a time, if folks want to send me their free times. rochelle at lisnews dot org
I've always been a bit of an exhibit snob, poo-pooing the exhibit hall as a bit of unneccesary fluff that, frankly, I didn't have time for. At Midwinter, however, I learned that it's exhibitors who make conference (relatively) affordable for attendees. Were it not for exhibitors, registration fees would be several hundred dollars. Apparently, exhibit hall traffic at Midwinter was so low, that members of the Exhibits Round Table (ERT) threatened to pull out if ALA didn't institute a no-conflicts time that would give members an open period during which they could visit with vendors, scoop up free pens and get their picture taken with Elvis. ALA heard and responded to the concerns. Here's an editorial from Library Journal with more details. See you in Orlando where I'll be putting in time at both the Public Programs Office and U of Illinois booths in the exhibit hall!
Librarians are invited (but not obliged) to stay in a separate hotel (a quiet one, of course) when they attend BookExpo in Chicago next month from June 4-6.
The conference keynote will be given by (auto)biographer and former President Bill Clinton, who, reports have it, will be showing up late.
Here's the invite for the Claridge Hotel from the BookExpo website.
10 Things I've Learned Presenting at Library Conferences, by Michael Stephens, a librarian, technology trainer and author living in Northern Indiana.
1. Always be prepared.
2. If presenting in a track, try to be present for the other speakers.
brat librarian writes, "What's the most you've ever paid for wireless acess? ALA wants to
charge people $25 per day or an astonishing $5 per hour for wireless acess, which for many could double the cost of the conference. Since a wi-fi hub just requires a $100 router and some know-how, where did this number come from? Technobiblio explores the issue, as does Librarian.net."
The 2004 Annual OVGTSL Conference will be held Wednesday, May 12 to Friday, May 14 in Louisville, Kentucky with the theme "Technical Services = User Services: Making the Connection." This year's keynote speaker will be Janet Swan Hill, Director of Technical Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Other invited speakers are Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of Libraries at Eastern Kentucky University and Glenn Patton, Director of the WorldCat Content Management Division of OCLC.
The North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Sciences and NASIG's Continuing Education Committee are co-sponsoring the Thirteenth North Carolina Serials Conference, April 15-16. The conference title is Opening Pandora's Box: Managing the Chaos of Serials Resources.From the announcement email: "Feeling overwhelmed, and fearing that even Hope has deserted you? Come hear about the latest developments and techniques for restoring order from chaos."
NickBogaty writes "Hello:
I would like to remind the readers of LISNews of a conference that the Open eBook Forum is hosting on March 16th in New York called the eBooks in the Public Library Conference. Details of the conference can be found at www.openebook.org/library2004.
I believe that this conference will be a real eyeopener for publishers, technology companies and libraries on how eBooks can be integrated into library systems, what patrons want, how eBooks can be used, what they cost, problems, challenges and opportunities of eBooks etc.
We've got a really good mix registered to the conference of large, medium and small library systems, eBook technology companies, traditional library system companies like Dynix and Sirsi and distributors like netLibrary and Baker & Taylor.
It's shaping up to be a good show and I hope people who read LISNews will attend. A couple of details, the conference is in NYC at March 16th and tickets are $79 (this includes breakfast and lunch). The conference is very intimate (350 people capacity) which will be great for networking, asking questions etc., but there are less than 100 tickets left, so I suggest signing up soon if you want to attend.
Open eBook Forum
P.S. If anyone has questions, you can email me at email@example.com."
"Overall the conference showed lots of enthusiasm in the use of standardized metadata for future inter-operability between institutions such as libraries, government agencies, and corporations. It was interesting to hear various DC people acknowledge that they needed more awareness of how DC was being used in non-traditional settings and ways, such as in corporations, with hardware, and in conjunction with other standards. It will be exciting to see how Dublin Core metadata and other metadata standards start to share a common ground with the information architecture community."