During June 2010

Top Tech Trends – LITA / ALA

Sunday afternoon found many WFUers at the LITA top tech trends panel. If you want the full session, notes from it, or the twitter feed, hit the LITA live blog of the event. There were lots of interesting ideas – the impact of the ipad on future client technologies, the impending adoption of e-readers and... more

Kevin at ALA Annual 2010

In what was a quick two-day abbreviation of the ALA Annual conference (my first), the same observation kept recurring: there are a lot of librarians here. For every session I attended, there were more librarians than the chairs (and walls and floors) could accommodate. Erik’s Saturday morning cloud computing session was a case in point:... more

Continuing ALA for Wanda

With two very long days of board meetings and conference planning behind me, I settled down to center my attention on two different tracks held during the conference; assessment and staff development. The assessment sessions were sponsored by the Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). The assessment first... more

RBMS 2010

2010 ACRL Rare Books & Manuscripts Section preconference. RBMS was in Philadelphia this year, with an official theme of Join or Die: Collaboration in Special Collections. The opening plenary session highlighted the work of PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries), a 25-year-old consortium that now includes over 30 member institutions. Although the particular... more

Sunday at ALA for Susan

Today has been a busy day with a variety of interesting activities that made for a different than usual conference experience. This morning I started the day off at an awards breakfast where Kevin was presented with his award from Lyrasis as a Next Gen librarian. I was expecting a big impersonal affair, but it... more

Chris at the 2010 NASIG Conference- Day 3

Due to the departure time of my flight back to North Carolina, I was unable to attend the final vision session. However, I did get to one last tactics session before it was time to leave. Tactics- One Identifier: Find Your Oasis with NISO’s I2 (Institutional Identifier) Standard For years, libraries vendors, publishers, and other... more

Chris at the 2010 NASIG Conference- Day 2

These are observations from the second day of the conference. Vision Session #2: Kent Anderson of JBJS, Inc. on Publishing 2.0: How the Internet Changes Publications in Society Mr. Anderson is the CEO/Publisher of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery who also maintains “The Scholarly Kitchen” blog. His talk centered on the concept of... more

Chris at the 2010 NASIG Conference- Day 1

This year, NASIG celebrated its 25th anniversary at its conference in Palm Springs, California. Since I was not part of the conference planning committee, I was able to be an “attendee” once again and learn more about the latest challenges for serials and other continuing resources. These are the highlights for the sessions I attended... more

Twitter, mobile tech, conferences and communication

In my days as a thrift store junkie I had an unproven theory about the ability to predict social, economic and fashion trends by shopping at a thrift store. I noticed then that it was common to find multiple identical but otherwise unique items that had been donated to the thrift store at the same... more

More Cloud Computing, Some Screencasting and EBSCO for Lunch!

I’m doing the abbreviated version of ALA. I arrived late Friday night and leave early Sunday evening, but I’m making the most out of a fast weekend! I was fortunate to be one of Erik’s “Lightning Round” presenters at his marathon Cloud Computing session. Turnout was amazing, Erik did an amazing job keeping things moving,... more