Computers in Libraries 2012

13 Mar

My investment this year: a stamp for the back of my business cards.That time’s come round again, wherein I make plans and prepare to head down to Washington, DC, for Computers in Libraries. This will be my fifth year attending, if I’m counting correctly, and it’s still my favorite conference. There’s nothing like getting a bunch of cool folks together to talk about the stuff they’re excited about doing. I love it.

I’m on the agenda a few times this year, as well, which truth be told I also find to be damnably fun (if a bit nerve-wracking in the weeks beforehand). Here’s my schedule, if you’ll be down there and interested:

Digital Repositories: Strategies & Techniques
with Amy Buckland, eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator, McGill University Library
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

This workshop addresses key issues surrounding the creation, maintenance, and cultivation of digital repositories. Drawing on the latest literature, case studies, and personal experiences, speakers lead a discussion that covers planning the digital repository, selecting a methodology for its establishment, populating it with content, marketing it to the library’s constituencies, and meeting the various challenges and questions along the way. Participants have the opportunity to bring their own experiences to bear, as well as engage in group discussions regarding how to get the most out of a digital repository.

Assessing Success for Digital Repositories
Friday, March 23, 2012
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

This session illustrates how a digital projects group found a balance between using stories and data analysis to assess the success of a repository and how success is defined. The cautionary tale warns that assessing data with various assessment tools can prove ineffective or disconnected without a context provided by a strong narrative. Get some tips and insights from our speaker.

Getting First Years Off to a Strong Start
with Jennifer Colt-Demaree, Web Development Specialist, Cornell University Library, and two other teams with whom we’re sharing the time slot
Friday, March 23, 2012
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

With recent studies indicating college students don’t really understand what libraries can do for them, these libraries are taking action to get first-year students using libraries for better grades. At Cornell University, the Get Started! campaign combines innovative print materials, modern webpage design, and directed multimedia. At Washburn University, librarians aren’t content for the libraries to be repositories, so are now the personal librarians of Washburn students and faculty, using technology to teach information literacy to first-year students. At Drake they created a course for first-year students to explore institutional specific resources (special collections/archives) and Drakeapedia, a wiki about, by, and for the Drake community.


The notice is probably too short, but seriously: if you don’t go to CiL, l I highly recommend that you start. The speakers at this shindig are perennially great, and the presentations and discussions are as inspiring as you’re like to find in libraryland. Check it out.

And if you’re already going, see you in DC!


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