Day 2 continued my trend of attending awesome presentations while other awesome presentations were going on.
First up, Michael Edson detailed how the Smithsonian is prototyping my dreams of an interactive digital commons. IT made me want to weep, and I;m not sure if it was with envy or joy. The ideas they’re pursuing are wonderful, and their definition of a commons as an interactive space that catalyzes collaboration and innovations speaks to me powerfully. Sadly, my attendance there meant I missed what I’ve heard was a very fun and informative presentation from Craig Anderson and JP Porcaro on crafting online personas.
After that, I caught Piotr Adamczyk, Oleg Kreymer, and Dan Lipcan talking about facilitating engagement through open data at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While I might quibble with their definition of open data, I was taken by the variety of visualization tools they were using, such as IBM Many Eyes and Google Chart Tools. Meanwhile, Jill Hurst-Wahl and company were dispensing wisdom on reaching reluctant learners, which I’d have liked to see despite my tenuous connection with instruction in my current position. (How do I know so much about what was happening in other sessions? Twitter. Believe.)
After a long lunch break that included Italian food with folks from my librarian boot camp back in 2007, I got back into it at a session on digital reference by Joe Murphy, Virginia Roy, and Jan Dawson. My big takeaway there was that folks are using VoIP for reference, a concept I find intriguing. They started to stake out a territory for that service between chat reference and phone reference, and while it’s something I hadn’t considered before this I’m really curios to see where they take it.
Then I hit the Speakers Reception and met more excellent individuals as well as reconnecting with extent excellencies. (The balance between fun and hoity-toity was superb.) Jaleo was the next destination for magnificent tapas, followed by Freddie’s for a karaoke night which can only be described as life-changing. There was much talent in effect, but I think I managed to hold my own with renditions of “I’m Just A Girl” and “Hard to Handle”.
The fact that we didn’t get back to the hotel until 2:30AM had some repercussions better covered on Day 3.