Conferences

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

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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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #38

Outside the south hall This week the production team had the opportunity to visit BlogWorldExpo. The event was packed with vendors showing off tools and products to help bloggers produce even more effective content. With the rise of Library 2.0 and the growth in the use of blogs as well as other social media tools, much of what was on display was quite relevant for librarians.

Interviews included in this episode involved chats with representatives of:

Since we have so many interviews we are dividing such up. Special episodes will be released on LISNews on Tuesday and, if necessary, Thursday. Keep an eye on LISNews for additional episode posts. Our goal is to keep the episodes around thirty minutes in length and we have still more to share.

Related links:
Website of Edward B. Driscoll, Jr.
Piece by Rick Moran of Pajamas Media on BlogWorldExpo
Flickr photos tagged from this event

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Coming up in LISTen #38

BlogWorldExpo 2008 remains underway and has been a unique event. In many cases, the LISTen production team have been some of the only ones conducting stand-up interviews. Los Angeles-based TechZulu is also on the floor doing interviews.

Who isn't here? We've been looking for representatives from CNET and other tech news outlets. They're surprisingly missing. With the TWiT network suffering a fairly major server outage right now, their attention is focused on their own house rather than the happenings here.

Interviews we have conducted so far include:

  • Pajamas Media
  • Sodahead.com
  • MindTouch
  • PodBoxx TV
  • Woopra
  • CrowdScience

The event continues today as well as Sunday. The next episode of LISTen will have coverage from the event. Specials throughout the week might also arise, circumstances permitting.

LISNews Is Going To BlogWorldExpo: Anything You'd Like To Hear About?

The LISNews Podcast (LISTen) team is gathering ideas and concepts to inquire about with BlogWorldExpo exhibitors. This PDF (Or the Website) has the exhibitors listed with brief descriptions of what they do as well as their websites. Full questions need not be posed, just areas to explore.

If there is anything you'd like to hear about in a future LISTen podcast, please let us know.

You have about a week to get your questions in, we would need to hear back from you and others via e-mail by late night on September 17th.

The 2008 BlogWorld & New Media Expo will take place September 20-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to the only industry-wide exhibition, BlogWorld features the largest blogging conference in the world including more than 50 seminars, panel discussions and keynotes from iconic personalities on the leading-edge of online technology and internet-savvy business.

Stephen also wrote something in the matter.

An Idea For A New Online Library Technology Conference

Steve Lawson picked up on an idea from Meredith Farkas for a new online conference "that sort of fits into the big space between something like Internet Librarian and something like Code4Lib." He brings up some good questions:
What would such a conference cover?
Who would teach or present at such a conference?
Is an online conference really the right way to learn this kind of thing?
Lastly, Meredith writes about people feeling “over their head” at code4lib. Is that bad?

I'm with Steve on this... I still think the idea of such a conference is interesting, and I'm curious to see how other people feel about some of these questions.

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