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Between wifi issues and tinkering with my presentation for tomorrow (damn procrastination!) I haven’t had much time or opportunity to blog. The conference is going pretty well so far, although as usual I have a couple of regrets about sessions I chose vs. sessions I missed. I really wish I had attended the whole “Dreaming, Designing & Using Mobile Library Platforms” session this morning. I caught the second half and it whet my appetite for more.
Yesterday’s keynote interview with Vint Cerf was interesting, although I’m not sure the interview format was the best choice – I think I would rather have heard Vint give a standard presentation. By contrast, this morning’s keynote worked really well in the interview format. Paul Holdengraber might be an unconventional choice for a technology conference, but he does a great job of speaking to the possibilities inherent in libraries – very inspiring! He was funny, too.
Yesterday I was intrigued by the possibilities of using iGoogle to expand the reach of the library. I almost skipped the Super Searcher session and I’m SO glad I didn’t! Mary Ellen Bates is a great presenter and showed me some new uses for familiar tools as well as some tools I hadn’t seen before. As usual, Gary Price offered a lot of great resources – his presentation was jam-packed with goodies – I will definitely be accessing his links.
Anyway, good conference so far, and more details later!
I attended my first unconference this morning – LibCamp Monterey. It was a great experience – representatives from a variety of libraries (all types) and all over the world. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad that with all that diversity, we still all seem to be dealing with the same issues: getting buy-in for change, prioritizing the end-user experience, deciding what to pursue and what to eliminate when resources are tight, and so on, and so on, and so on…
I liked the unconference format. We were a small enough group that everybody preferred to stay together instead of having breakout sessions. If we had more time, I think it would have worked well to have a large group session in the morning and breakouts in the afternoon to allow more in-depth discussion of topics. As it was, we covered a lot of ground and I got some interesting ideas – it’s always good to hear how other libraries are facing the same challenges we are.
All in all, a nice way to kick off Internet Librarian!
It’s time again for my favorite conference: Internet Librarian. I’m excited to be in Monterey again, as I had to miss last year’s conference. I’m here early enough to attend LibCamp Monterey, which will be my first “unconference” experience. I’m looking forward to it!
I’ll also be presenting this year (another first for me) in the Operations on a Shoestring session on Wednesday at 2:45. I’ll be talking about free and cheap ways of using customer input and usability testing to improve website design. I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited. I’m not planning on live-blogging any sessions this year (tried it once – it’s not for me), but I will be posting notes and impressions periodically throughout the conference.