Blog from Online Information 2003

Check out this weblog from Online Information 2003 in London brought to us by Information Today with contributions from ONLINE editor Marydee Ojala and Dick Kaser (V.P. Content - Information Today). Includes news, photos, even an assignment for Dick to find the best trade-show give-away item.


Wi-Fi Planet Conference & Expo * December 2-5 * San Jose, CA

This conference sounds really interesting if you have the time and money to attend.

Financial Strategies for Urban Libraries

Mock Turtle writes "Urban Libraries Council invites you to gather around the speakerphone for the Fall 2003 audio conference, "Financial Strategies for Turbulent Times: Stories from the Field," September 26 at 12 noon EDT. Mary Kay Conwell of New York Public Library, Herb Elish of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Deborah Jacobs of the Seattle Public Library, and Molly Raphael of the District of Columbia Public Library will share what has worked for them."


Hackfest II at Access 2003 Vancouver

dchud writes "We're gearing up for Hackfest II to be held at Access 2003 in Vancouver next month (Oct 1-4) and there's an invitation posted on /usr/lib/info for it. Y'all are invited too!"


LearningTimes Library Online Conference: Innovations by Information

Hope Kandel writes: "I wanted to remind you that there is still time to
submit a proposal to present at the "LearningTimes Library Online
Conference: Innovations by Information Professionals" [].
This entirely Online Conference will take place over five days in
October, and is the first completely online forum to address in-depth
current issues relating to information service professionals in today's
libraries, universities, museums, and archives.

The LearningTimes Library Online Conference (LTLOC) will feature dozens
of industry leaders facilitating interactive webcasts, voice and text
based chat sessions, discussion boards, and online "poster sessions".


Libraries, Archives, and Popular Culture Meeting

Allen Ellis writes "The Popular Culture Association will be holding its annual joint meeting with the American Culture Association on April 7-10, 2004 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in Texas. Scholars from numerous disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests." Read on for details and a request for papers.


Comics have new nemesis: \'manga\' books

Someone sent in an article from The San Diego Union-Tribune about Manga (the Japanese graphic novel genre) and its market impact in the United States, as evidenced by the showing at this year\'s Comic-Con in San Diego. Some recent
stories have mentioned Manga.


Postcard From Toronto - Part Deux

A little correction to Rochelle\'s report from T.O., that was Steven Bell, not Steven M. Cohen who joined us at the hectic dinner last night.
I took a few pictures, and had a wonderful time. Toronto is a world class city, if you chickened out you really missed a wonderful gathering ground. I wish I could\'ve stayed longer, but alas, duties home require a quick drive back to the states.
I\'m also happy to report I ran into \"Charles Groatcluster,\" someone who has started no small number of flame wars around here. He\'s much nicer in person!Check out My ALA Photo Gallery to see how things went.


Postcard from Toronto

Forget SARS. The biggest risk to our lives thusfar in Toronto has been to raise the ire of a Waiter and Concierge in a high-end restaurant. Hoo boy! If looks could kill, the library blogging world would be in deep mourning today. An informal summit of library bloggers gathered at an unnamed hotel restaurant last night to meet face-to-face and blow a couple days\' per diem on very pretty meals. The waiter was plagued by the tardy and unwieldy group, who caused a change from two round tables to one long table, which was added to twice.

The shindig was arranged by lisnews good guy, Blake. Others at the table were Jessamyn West of and several lisnews contributors, including the prolific story suggester Jen Young, a funny gal who took no guff from the waiter, and a bona fide Canadian gent who did a great job of figuring tax and tip. (Names have not been omitted to protect the innocent, but owing to a mocha creme brulee hangover. So much saturated fat!) Other blogging luminaries included Walt Crawford and Steven Cohen who claimed \"other obligations\" after a look at the menu and one too many withering glances from the waiter. C\'mon fellas, the keyboard is mightier than the corkscrew! We will forgive this time, but expect tougher stuff at midwinter. We managed to tame the waiter eventually, and a good time was had by all, including Blake\'s lovely fiancee and a handful of others.

Toronto is perfectly lovely and friendly (waitstaff who\'ve had a bad summer aside) and we\'ve yet to see one SARS mask. Biggest dangers thusfar have been finding an ATM that takes VISA, being run down by sk8ter bois near the Sky Dome after the big ass Concert for Toronto, featuring Avril Lavigne, and being acosted by forlorn vendors who won\'t take no-eye- contact for an answer.

We are thankful for our employers who allowed us to come, thankful to the vendors who decided to stay, and especially thankful to the people of Toronto who have been gracious and welcoming beyond belief.

Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.


Pro-Castro librarians accused of shushing rivals

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Pro-Castro librarians accused of shushing rivals
The National Post Says A cold war has broken out at a librarians\' conference in downtown Toronto
as accusations fly that pro-Castro elements within the American Library
Association are trying to silence debate over Cuba\'s crackdown on
independent libraries.
The battle has laid the groundwork for the improbable scenario of a
shouting match among librarians at a meeting tomorrow.



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