Drill Cart Competition at ALA

The competition was fierce...five teams of librarians — dressed in costumes ranging from Vikings to Elvis Presley — competed for the coveted gold book cart. They marched in drill-team formation, equipped with metal book carts.

Check out the the video and story from NPR'S 'All Things Considered'.

ALA Attendees Doing Some Private Conferencing?

OK you naughty've been found out.

Amanda Hess from the Washington City Paper has been following you on Twitter, and found that:

When the American Library Association’s annual conference kicked off in Chicago last Thursday, some attendees wanted the world to know that librarian get-togethers aren’t all about shushing and stacking: There’s a lot of f**ing, too.

The nearly week-long librarian meet-up, which began July 9, delivers “over 300 educational programs” to professional bibliophiles each year—including workshops like “Collection Development: Decision Making With Data” and “When Is Nice Too Nice? Strategies For Disengaging From the Talkative Patron.” Some attendees, however, haven’t been entirely satisfied with the ALA programming. So they launched a “secret” Twitter account for librarians to share more intriguing professional insights. A typical anonymous ALA tweet:

Virtual Reference Conference in Ithaca, New York - Sept. 24th & 25th

The Western New York Library Resources Council presents a conference in Ithaca for New York State Librarians...

Revved up for Reference: Virtual Reference in New York State

Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown
225 South Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY
September 24th & 25th, 2009

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Text-A-Librarian at ALA

From Library Journal: It's coming up soon, and those attending the American Library Association's (ALA) annual conference in Chicago in less than two weeks will have a new service to help them navigate their way around—Text a Librarian.

ALA has partnered with Mosio to maximize the conference experience by offering mobile information through a service called “Text an ALA Ambassador.” And with an estimated 25,000 librarians and information professionals expected to show up, there are bound to be lots of questions about the conference's many seminars, committee meetings, educational programs, exhibitor locations, the registration process—yes, and even fun things to do in the windy city.

Attendees to the July 9–15 conference at the McCormick Place Convention Center can text questions from their mobile phones and receive an answer from one of 250 volunteer ALA Ambassadors who will use Mosio's Text a Librarian technology to respond quickly.

American Library Association Goes Mobile with Mosio for Annual Conference

Mosio’s Text a Librarian is partnering with ALA this summer in Chicago to offer Text an ALA Ambassador, which will provide mobile information services to all attendees and participants at the conference via text message. The 250 ALA Ambassador volunteers will use the Text a Librarian technology, which enables attendees to text message any question via their mobile phones regarding conference programming, schedules, locations, etc. and have Ambassadors staffing the information desks respond via a web-based interface. More information here:

Call for Proposals for Handheld Librarian Conference

Alliance Library System, Learning Times, and the Infoquest project are cosponsoring a Handheld Librarians Conference to be held online on July 30 and 31, 2009 online using Adobe Connect. You are invited to submit a proposal for a 60 minute program on a mobile library topic If your proposal is accepted, you will receive free registration to the two day conference. Please send your name, institution, position, email address, phone number, address, and the title of your presentation to: [email protected] by June 22.

All TED Talks on One Spreadsheet

The TED [Technology, Entertainment, Design] conferences are known for "riveting talks by remarkable people"--Doris Kearns Goodwin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Michael Pollan, and Steven Pinker, to name a few--and all TED Talks are available for viewing at the TED site. But where to dive in?

Via @joycevalenza, here's a link to all TED Talks as of 03/31/09 on a spreadsheet that includes names of talkers, names of talks, short summaries of talks, and links to the videos. It enables one to quickly skim topics and choose a talk for viewing.

Lauren Pressley of Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library and her coworkers have come up with a great way to share TED Talks with staff: they have weekly, informal Wednesday Lunches with TED, watching a talk (each TED talk is 18 minutes max., by design) and then chatting about possible applications for the library.

Top 10 A-HA’s at Computers in Libraries

Lori Reed: The good side of conferences is gettng to meet Web 2.0 friends in real life and having the chance to learn and network with like-minded people. The bad side is the pile of work waiting for you (in my case at work, home, and school).

So in that spirit this will be quick list of 10 take-aways or as trainers call them a-ha moments from CIL2009. These are her random thoughts in no particular order.

Following CiL 2009 on Twitter

If the hashtag in use remains the same during the conference, these two links can help you follow along via Twitter:

In context, relatively speaking, on Twitter Search:
RSS feed to pipe into your reader:


Want To Go to ALA on Someone Else's Tab? Enter to Win!

Walden Media wants to send you...and a the next ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Here's the application form; thanks to Loriene Roy for the heads-up.


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