A Tale of Two Talks

Steven Bell has one Over @LJ on the big gathering last month in Chicago.

"Another American Library Association (ALA) conference comes, and along with it another opening keynoter who does little more than give us the standard, “Gee, I really, really like you� speech. It’s a syrupy blend of admiration for all things library, patronization of the causes ALA attendees support, and vitriol for those, mostly politicians and policies, we oppose."

He says it’s a tough and thankless job to arrange ALA keynote talks, but more attention should be paid to balance the political spectrum our speakers represent.


ALA Conference

Anonymous Patron writes "The 2005 Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, IL from June 23-29, 2005. The exhibits will be held June 25-28,
2005 in the McCormick Place Convention Center.
ALA Conference WIKI featuring a link to folks who are blogging the



CILIP To Sponsor Internet Librarian International

CILIP – the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals - will sponsor Internet Librarian International 2005, taking place in London, England on 10 & 11 October this year. More on the upcoming conference here .


10-Year Anniversary of Latina Letters

kathleen writes "This year, we will discuss and celebrate three decades of Latina Literature in the U.S. The "crossing over" of U.S. Latino/a literature into the awareness of the general American reader began in the 1980s with the publication of Sandra Cisneros' "The House on Mango Street" by Arte Público.

On its 10-year anniversary, Latina Letters applauds Sandra Cisneros for helping to open the gates of the mainstream for many Latina writers to follow. Also participating in Latina Letters is a voice of the '80s poet Lorna Dee Cervantes, who will read from her new work. For the decade of the '90s we celebrate Pat Mora, Chicana poet extraordinaire, who opened the mainstream doors to Latina children's literature. Representing the first decade of the 21st century are Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Cuban-American Ana Menéndez, two writers whose works explore both political and social issues in the form of fiction.

Latina Letters will be a forum for issues of literature, art, identity, ethnicity and gender, continuing as it has from the beginning to focus awareness on these important issues.
Gwendolyn Díaz, Ph.D. Director, Latina Letters=See Latina Lista for more on a Latina woman's perspective."


What are you reading? Big guns of book world will decide for you.

Just One More on BookExpo America. This author says it was a lot like life. Most people split their focus among unseemly jockeying for immediate opportunities (party invites, press attention), unconvincing near-term confidence ("The next catalog is our best ever") and, when reluctantly contemplating the distant future, a barely suppressed case of the screaming fantods.


Librarians -- even "special" ones -- need a little help sometimes.

Anonymous Patron writes "The Globe and Mail's take on SLA seems to think we're all a bunch of party animal lushes: "There was also much letting down of hair -- and that's assuming it was pulled up in the first place."

This may require a login: .20050609.gtreinhart09/BNStory/Technology/?query=s la"


Interface Usability Testing program at ALA Annual

Lloyd Davidson writes "The LITA Electronic Publishing/Electronic Journals IG presents the following program at ALA Annual in Chicago:

Searching Digital Resources: How do people search? How do we know what they want? How do we know when they find what they need?
Saturday, June 25, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Exchange room of the Intercontinental Hotel. During its development, the content of this program has evolved to present a set of exemplary descriptions of the processes and techniques essential to designing Web interfaces for optimal clarity and simplicity and to describe the patron feedback methods used to accurately measure their usability.


SLA 2005 Conference Blog

vonjobi writes "If you're going to the conference this year, check out the SLA 2005 Conference Blog for updates and additional information on speakers, getting there, etc."


Mormon founder Joseph Smith Jr. celebrated at Library of Congress

Kathleen writes "The Library of Congress joined BYU to celebrate the legacy of Mormon founder, Joseph Smith Jr.
Most scholars agree that perhaps Smith's most important legacy - and one of the main historical flashpoints between Mormons and non-Mormons - is that he added a new volume to the canon, the collection of books generally accepted as religious scripture.
The conference is part of a yearlong celebration by the church of the bicentennial of Joseph Smith's birth in December 1805 in Vermont.
By December 2005, the public should get its first glimpse of a 12-volume publication of Joseph Smith's papers, diaries and personal writings, all part of the Joseph Smith Papers Project that has been endorsed by the National Archives."


CONSAL Call for Papers

vonjobi writes "The Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) will be holding its General Conference in Manila from 25-30 March 2006. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 31 May 2005. See "Call for papers" (MS Word) for more details.

For more information on the conference itself, please see the flyer (pdf also available)."


Durst Reports from RIO 2005 - the Corps of Engineers Information Management Conference

Durst has been reporting on RIO 2005 - the Corps of Engineers Information Management Conference in his LISNews Journal.
RIO 2005 Conference Blog Day 1
Communitites of Practice
Library Breakout
Day 2
Day 3
The conference covered Strategic Plans for Libraries, Knowledge Management, Knowledge-centric environments, Communitites of Practice and much, much more.
RIO Sounds like a conference you'll never read about anywhere else, don't miss it!


Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums

Kathleen writes "National Conference II Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums:
Preserving Our Language, Memory and Lifeways
will be held May 24-27, 2005.
The conference will create a network of support for tribal cultural institutions and programs; articulate contemporary issues related to the development of tribal libraries, archives and museums and encourage collaboration among tribal and non-tribal cultural institutions. The goals of the conference will be achieved through plenary sessions with keynote speakers, information and resource tables, concurrent panels, affinity breakfasts, group meals and special events.
The Arizona State Library and Arizona State Museum are collaborating under the IMLS National Leadership Grant category of library-museum collaborations."


Randomly Generated Paper Accepted to Conference

emknecht writes: "Having trouble finishing that research study? These MIT grad students just might be able to help." A bogus paper created by their Automatic Computer Science Paper Generator was submitted to and accepted by the World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. It's interesting that even the natural sciences have become so compartmentalized that a hoax reminiscent of the Social Text affair can be pulled off. At least librarians are never incoherent.


Conference Bloggers

Bill Drew is looking for help in organizing bloggers for the SUNY Librarians Association conference. He writes, "I am organizing a group of State University of New York librarians to report on our SUNY Librarians Association annual conference. Can those of you that have acted as official and unofficial bloggers at conference make any recommendations? I read the blogging going on from Computers in Libraries and found it quite interesting. Any suggestions on best practices or how to coordinate such an effort?"


Event Blogging @SLA in Toronto in June

Jane Dysart has some Hot News!
SLA is looking at blogging their annual conference in Toronto, June 5-8.

If you are planning to attend the conference and blog the event, please let her know!


Computers in Libraries 2005 weblogs

Durst writes "Covering the conference live, Information Today's staff have posted a blog here. Other comments about the conference have been found at CBS' Marketwatch Internet Daily.

Rochelle adds: There are links to other official blogs at the top of the Info Today blog. And, Blake gave his LISNews presentation this afternoon. Maybe he'll post it after he gets back."


Authors, writers and publishers network at sold-out third annual two-day festival

Anonymous Patron writes "From The Naples Sun Times on the Writers' Conference held Feb. 26 and 27 at the Bellasera Resort in Florida. One hundred people enjoyed lunch with Sen. George McGovern who spoke about his book The Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition. Several hundred attended the cocktail reception. Fifty people dined with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, and on Sunday fans enjoyed lunch with Tim Dorsey author of Torpedo Juice."


Asia's largest book exhibition opens new chapter in its history

Anonymous Patron writes "Taipei Times Reports on The Taipei International Book Exhibition which just opened the 13th chapter in its history earlier this week with a bevy of international and local publishing houses once again temporarily transforming The Taipei World Trade (TWTC) into Asia's biggest bookstore."


ILI 2005 Call For Speakers

Internet Librarian International is back in London again this year, on 10 - 11 October, at the Copthorne Tara Hotel. Make a note in your diary now and plan to attend to listen, learn, and network with your colleagues from around the world.
Internet Librarian International is a unique conference for information professionals who want to update their skills and learn about new strategies, products, and technology for finding, organising, and managing information resources.

This year’s conference programme will focus on electronic content and tools and strategies for connecting people and information resources in a digital world.


Midwinter in Boston

Got into Boston late last night, delayed by half a day, due to bailing out my waterlogged basement. But, I'm here and ready to confab at ALA's Midwinter Meeting. For those of you dying for a play-by-play, there is an official conference blog, sponsored by PLA. Looks like others have been busy and earnest in their attendance and citizen-reportage. Lots of good stuff!



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