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Five Weeks to a Social Library October 26, 2006

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Yet another thing that happened in that April-to-October period where I posted absolutely nothing: I submitted a proposal for Five Weeks to a Social Library (for the blogging track) and it was accepted. Woo hoo! I feel like one of the cool kids now!

The planning committee is looking for course participants. I’ve promoted this in all kinds of different places–the Synergy e-mail list, my library system’s weekly newspaper–and now here. There’s a great lineup of speakers and the content should be phenomenal–and it’s free! What more could you ask for? Applications are due on December 1st.

Slides from Internet Librarian October 26, 2006

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Here are the PowerPoint slides from my presentation at Internet Librarian 2006. I added a few weblinks for people who weren’t at the presentation.

I’ve read some very complimentary blog posts commending me on how well I did, which is extremely flattering, especially since this was my first “big” conference presentation. I’ve moderated panels and done introductions and stuff like that before, but I had never made a presentation. It was a lot of fun and I am certainly looking forward to doing it again!

As I said in my last post, I’ll elaborate on the slides further over the next few days. I need to spend the rest of my afternoon catching up at work.

Internet Librarian October 24, 2006

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So my presentation was yesterday, and I feel like it went really well. Exceedingly well. Since the wireless isn’t the greatest, I haven’t had the chance to look around and see what people are saying about it, but I did catch Michael Stephens taking photos of some of my slides, and that totally ruled. I’ll put the slides up shortly, once I’ve managed to add some links to some of the places I discuss. (Tim told me I should do that if I’m going to put the slides out there for people who weren’t at the presentation, so I’ll follow his sage and expert advice. As always.)

I think I’m going to write a couple of posts here expanding on some of the ideas that I discussed in my presentation—namely, what libraries, vendors, and catalogers can—and should—do to make online catalogs better. I feel that we often spend a lot of time attempting to assign blame for “why OPACS suck” and not enough time trying to think up collaborative solutions for improvement. We are all accountable for the state of our online catalogs. It’s easy enough to scapegoat vendors and blame them for selling us a crappy product, but guess what? We’re the ones who BOUGHT the crappy product and didn’t insist on something better.
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Internet Librarian, etc. October 20, 2006

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So the last post on this poor, neglected weblog was written on April 26–almost six months ago. And it was about Internet Librarian, which I will be attending, um, starting this weekend. Craploads of stuff has happened since then, but apparently, none of it was interesting enough to write about.

And now I’m updating this blog so I can avoid tinkering with my PowerPoint presentation any further. Heck, I did call number checks to avoid tinkering with my PowerPoint presentation any further. I hate doing call number checks, so that’s saying a lot, I suppose.

The presentation is called “Perfuming a Skunk, or, There’s More than One Way to Skin an Online Catalog.” It is about how we tried to add a “skin” to our online catalog and why it just didn’t happen. I have not practiced it yet. I need to do that. Tim thinks it is going to rock. So if you are one of the attendees who is still working on their schedule, please consider attending. Yeah, I know it’s at the same time as the Second Life presentation, but your online catalog certainly deserves as much attention as your busty online avatar/altar ego/whatever. (I’m a Second Life skeptic. I feel like it’s one of those things we’ll be laughing at five years from now. I’m sure someone will be waiting for me at IL to seize my “trendy techie librarian cred card” at the door.)

I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to actually blog the conference, but I may put the blog up on the IL2006 wiki just in case. I’m going to try and remember the digital camera, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll remember to take pictures with it.

As a means of keeping myself from descending into “hide in my hotel room and watch One Tree Hill DVDs” mode (seriously, I did that at the CODI conference last year, although I think that’s acceptable since NOBODY at that conference wants to talk about ANYTHING other than Horizon, and after a long day of listening to Horizon-related sessions, that gets a bit, uh, dull), I signed up for a couple of dinearounds. My dislike of seafood is keeping me away from the blogging dinearound, so I’m going to “learning and training” and “digital strategies for the future.” Whee.

I’ll also be at the Five Weeks to a Social Library meetup on Monday (is it on Monday? I hope so) night. It’s like being invited out to party with the cool kids. (I will try not to pass out on the front lawn or barf on the couch or otherwise embarrass myself.) I’m presenting a webcast on blogging as part of the course, and I am very excited about that.

In other tech-related news, our new library website has launched, and it looks great. We didn’t get to do everything we wanted to do, but we’re going to continue adding enhancements, including a wiki featuring information for local businesses. I think that people around the library are becoming more willing to embrace new technologies, which is positive.

Also, I am trying to put together a preconference about social software for libraries for next year’s Illinois Library Association conference, which is in October 2007 in Springfield. So if you’re in Illinois (or near enough to Illinois that you’d be willing to come out here and present for nothing or close to nothing), leave me a comment or e-mail me. We’ll talk.