Library Camp Kansas was a huge success!

Yes, Library Camp Kansas was a huge success. For links to more blogs, photos, etc., check out

Hope to see you all there next year!

-Talking Books Librarian

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Going to Minneapolis for PLA 2008 National?

For those attending PLA 2008 National Conference, steps have been taken to allow conference participants to contribute reflections for consideration by LISTen. To leave your thoughts just call 646-495-9201 and enter the extension 12761. It would help immensely with such if you identified who you are and what library/vendor/agency/entity you work for as we will discard any anonymous messages. As long as we actually get some reflections left at that voicemail box, LISTen will try to air a montage of the best in the episode directly following the conference.

The telephone number above is a temporary one and will disappear at 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time on March 29th. Voicemails will be accepted all throughout the conference.


BOBCATSSS 2009 Portugal January 2009: Challenges for the New Information Professional

BOBCATSSS 2009 @ Porto, Portugal, 28—30 January 2009, Challenges for the New Information Professional * Interdisciplinarity of Information Science * Information Professional and Information Management * The current impact of the new technologies in the life of the Information Professional * The rise and fall of physical libraries * Information Literacy * eLibraries & eArchives * Librarian 2.0 BOBCATSSS is an annual symposium organised by students at a number of universities in Europe.

code4lib conference

The code4lib Conference was born in a chatroom discussion in November 2005. code4lib members quickly coalesced around the idea, and Jeremy Frumkin stepped forward to host it at Oregon State University. It was such a success that attendees immediately set about organizing the next one, which was held at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, hosted by the Georgia Public Library Service. In 2008 we'll be back in Oregon, this time Portland, again made possible by Mr. Frumkin and the rest of the crew at OSU.

Call For Speakers – ALA Conference 2008 Technology Program

On Saturday, June 28th 2008 at 4:00 PM, HoLT (Heads of Library Technology Interest Group of LITA) plans a presentation on “Transformational Change: The Evolving Role of Library IT Departments.” The description of this program is as follows:

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Heads of ECO national libraries to meet in Tehran

The Tehran Times Reports The first meeting of the heads of the Economic Cooperation Organization’s National Archives and Libraries will be held at Iran’s National Library and Archives (INLA) venue on November 19 and 20.

The meeting is to be held as the result of a proposal made by Iran at the 3rd Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) which was held in Islamabad in May 2007. Iran suggested organizing a union for the management of the documents and archives of the member states of the ECO, Ali-Akbar Asha’ri, head of INLA, told Mehr News Agency.


Spanish strife spreads to Frankfurt Book Fair

birdie writes "AFP is reporting on spats between members of the multi-lingual European publishing community, specifically the Catalan and Spanish-speaking segments. The organisers of the 59th Frankfurt Book Fair, which has made Catalonia guest of honour, said they were sorry to see the writers stay away for reasons linked to "nationalism, regionalism, vanities.""


Looking For A Good Conference Speaker

I'm part of a committee looking for good speaker for a local librarian conference next year. All I can tell you is what we're NOT looking for:

No tech gurus

No library 2.0

No future files

No gaming

No wikis, blogs or Second Life

We're thinking more back to basics, good old fashioned librarian stuff. Ideas? Let me know.


Australian Conference News on Facebook

ADHD_librarian writes "For those interested in the idea of a library conference in the middle of Australia, there is now an unofficial facebook group dedicated to giving you all the news which is unfit to print on DREAMing08. The Australian Library and Information Association's next Biennial Conference, to be held in Alice Springs from the 2nd to the 5th of September 2008."


The Value of Libraries: 2008 CASLIS Ottawa Seminar

CASLIS Ottawa writes "CASLIS Ottawa is pleased to invite you to a two-day seminar to explore the value of special libraries — how we measure it and how we communicate it. The seminar will be held January 23 and 24, 2008 at 395 Wellington Street.

Special libraries — whether corporate, government or not-for-profit — face the constant struggle of justifying their existence and budgets and of explaining their value to their stakeholders.

For more information, visit"

NZ Librarians Get a Fashion Makeover and the Bookworms are Aghast.

Are you a librarian? Interested in a makeover? Better head down under.

Style queen Paula Ryan will run a workshop at the national library conference this month, offering tips on how to transform their "conservative and dated image".

New Zealand's Sunday Star Times reports: In an email to librarians on Wednesday, the Library and Information Association's communications co-ordinator Megan Mathieson said the workshop was "a not-to-be-missed opportunity to be inspired and challenged by New Zealand's pre-eminent style guru".

"Librarians," she says, "have a very conservative and dated image: if we want to transform our profession then surely we must start by transforming ourselves?"

Would American librarians want someone to come to the next ALA conference and do makeovers?

5th Int. Conference on the Book

Check out the attractive graphic for the Fifth International Conference on the Book, which will be held in Madrid Spain, October 20-22, 2007.

This is a conference for any participant in the world of books: authors, publishers, printers, librarians, IT specialists, book retailers, editors, literacy educators and academic researchers. All are encouraged to register and attend.

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session. (Check out the website for additional details).

Conference organizers are the Government of Spain, Ministry of Culture and Common Ground.


Librarians Rule @ Romance Writers of America Conference says Barbara Vey in her blog at Publishers Weekly about the RWA Conference in hot Dallas.

"Today was all about the librarians. In a program founded by author and former librarian Cathie Linz, the librarians were treated to a breakfast and speeches by Suzanne Brockmann and Shana Abe (who wasn't warned that she had to give a speech, poor thing. She was still delightful). The librarians were then allowed in the goody room where they could stock up on free books, bookmarks and a variety of author giveaways. Then came a workshop hosted by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jayne Ann Krentz, who clearly had worked together before and taunted each other to the delight of the audience. Nora Roberts was the guest speaker at the luncheon and the group received a copy of her book High Noon."

ALA <i>not</i> in Orlando in 2010, <i>and not</i> Visiting Harry at His Theme Park

Courtesy of Stephanie Stokes and PUB-LIB , here's the upcoming ALA schedule, with the choice of the 2010 venue (oops, we stand corrected, see last paragraph below) explained by the hot hot Harry news of a Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.

The park will recreate life-size versions of Hogsmeade Village and
Hogwarts Castle at an estimated price tag of a half-billion dollars.
Scheduled to be completed in 2009, the attraction will be the park's most
expensive venture, according to Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal

ALA Schedule: June 21 to 27, 2007 - Washington, D.C.
June 26 to July 2, 2008 - Anaheim, CA;
July 9 to 15, 2009 - Chicago;
June 24 to 30, 2010 - Orlando;
June 23-29, 2011 - New Orleans, LA;
June 21-27, 2012 - Anaheim, CA;
June 20-26, 2013 - Washington, D.C.;
June 26-July 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV;

Why no show in the capital of the civilized world, New York City???

(update)Thanks to reader John Overholt, we discovered that ALA has amended its location list eliminating Orlando. Here's the corrected list of ALA meeting locations.

Conference Proceedings: IFLA The Changing Face of Metropolitan Libraries

Library Web writes "Conference Proceedings: IFLA's Metropolitan Libraries Section Conference. I like the "WOT and SWOT" of the concluding presentation (WOT stands for What's Out There)."


Conference Of Chairmen Of National Libraries Coming To Turkey

Turkish Culture & Tourism Ministry organized a "Conference of Chairmen of National Libraries of Turkic Republics", it was reported on Tuesday.
The conference is set to take place between June 4th and 8th in Ankara. Chairman of national libraries of 11 countries, namely Azerbaijan, Hakas Republic, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Crimea, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Bashkordstan, Saha Republic, Tajikistan, Tatarstan, and Turkmenistan will attend the conference.


Library Camp NYC on August 14, 2007

Stephen Francoeur writes "Baruch College will be hosting an unconference, Library Camp NYC, on August 14, 2007. There is no charge to attend. Details can be found on the conference wiki:"


Digital Odyssey 2007 Begins

Filipino Librarian writes "Digital Odyssey 2007, organized by the Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA), is now underway. Some photos are already up at the official blog, and notes on the different sessions will follow soon. LibraryThing's Tim Spalding will be speaking this afternoon."


Dartmouth October Conference: Call-for-Presenters

Surveys and Focus Groups: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The eleventh annual October Conference for New England academic librarians,
sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

Friday, October 12, 2007
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Library Futures Conference May 7 & 8, 2007

Peggy Cadigan, New Jersey State Library writes "The Mid-Atlantic Futures Conference, a groundbreaking partnership between the NJ, PA, MD, WV, and DE state libraries and PALINET,will take place May 7 and 8, 2007, at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City.

Will libraries exist in 20 years? Is it possible to keep up with the incredibly rapid pace of technological innovations? What job skills will we need to be efficient in the future? Will we remain relevant? Who will our customers be and what kind of information will they need?

We have assembled a stellar list of presenters to help us begin to imagine various future scenarios. We have carefully selected presenters who are willing to engage in a dialogue with the people attending this conference, because we believe that the conversations that take place and the connections that people make with one another at this conference will coalesce into the transformative force that propels libraries into the future.
To register: Go To"



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