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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

Posted by nanette in IL2006.
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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.