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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.

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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.

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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: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23cil2009
RSS feed to pipe into your reader: http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23cil2009

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

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

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

Remembering Librarians Kathy Krasniewicz and Kate McClelland

The Greenwich Times profiles the two librarians killed in the tragic crash reported here earlier today. The two were headed home to CT from ALA when the taxi van they were riding in was slammed into by another driver.

The library's head of youth services, Kathy Krasniewicz, 54, of Palmer Hill Road, Riverside, and former youth services director Kate McClelland, 71, of Dorchester Lane, Riverside, were killed in the accident, cause by an alleged drunk driver.

"We received the tragic news of the passing of our colleagues in Denver today," said library Director Kevin McCarthy, who declined to comment further Wednesday evening. "It's too raw at the moment. The shock has not worn off yet."

Muslim Librarians to Meet in Malaysia

The 2008 World Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists will take place in Kuala Lumpur next month.

The congress, which is being co-organized by some Malaysian Islam universities and librarian societies, will be held here on Nov. 25-27 after an absence of 13 years. It is the second time that Malaysia would welcome the congress after the country hosted it in 1986.

The first COMLIS was held in the United States in 1982 and the fourth one was held in 1995 in Tehran, Iran. Registration and call for papers at the COMLIS website . Bernama.com has the story.

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #39

An airline?  On Twitter? This week the production team had the opportunity to visit BlogWorldExpo. Many vendors there will not be at Internet Librarian to exhibit and had not ever heard of its existence prior. Interviews included in this episode involved chats with representatives of: The final part to our BlogWorldExpo coverage will be released Thursday night Pacific time. That part will be different as some of the extended interviews will be aired. The list of speakers will appear deceptively short but there will still be plenty to listen to.
Related links: The first part to LISTen's coverage of this event

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