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We deal in slides: Speaking next week at WNYLRC

13 Apr

As God as my witness, I thought weeks had more days in them.

The presentation as UNYSLA went really well, I think, and was bracketed by other excellent talks. I’m glad I got to see the whole thing, and would love to coalesce my thoughts about the event into words here. But I’m already prepping for my next presentation/workshop, so check out my fellow presenter Jill Hurst-Wahl’s take on things.

My next gig is on Monday, outside of Buffalo at the Western New York Library Resources Council:

Building Digital Communities With Digital Collections

Librarians can build online communities around their digital collections in the same way they build physical communities around their physical collections: by providing resources that interest their patrons, by making their patrons feel comfortable using those resources, and by providing their patrons with a sense of ownership of those resources. Hear how one library used the tools provided by new technologies to build a community of users around DigitalCommons@ILR, a premier institutional and disciplinary repository. Jim will discuss Catherwood’s strategies, practices, experiences and lessons learned, and illustrate how their success keeps patrons coming back.

There will be ample time for discussion. Please consider sharing information about your own library’s digital collections, or even doing a short demonstration.

I confess I’m not thrilled with the description, and that my dissatisfaction is entirely my fault. As described, it’s basically my talk from CiL2010, plus workshop elements. While that’s somewhat understandable — this event was originally scheduled for last November, and was prompted by good feedback the CiL presentation had received — the description itself feels somewhat obsolete to me. I wrote it nearly eighteen months ago, and those months have been full of work and thinking and assessment and discussion.

But, all is far from lost. It was good to revisit that presentation, see what still resonated and what needed to be removed. My plan now is to use a revised version of that preso’s thesis as a skeleton for the first part of the day, bring in some interactive bits rooted in the workshop Amy Buckland and I ran at CiL11 to get people talking and involved, and on the whole offer something that reflects my current thinking on these issues, allows attendees the opportunity to explore this stuff on their own terms, but doesn’t let me fall into the trap of simply rehashing an old presentation.

If you’re in the area and this sounds interesting to you, I hope to see you there! I’m thinking it’ll be a good one.

A glorious combo of modern nigh-ephemera

3 May

Via LibComf.com, a Wordle of the Twitter handles of anyone who used the #cil2010 hashtag at least five times. And yes, I did scour it until I found myself.

Talk about three great tastes going great together. It’s like wrapping your peanut butter cup in bacon.

Axioms of assessment

20 Apr

As part of my presentation at CiL2010, I posited that the following relationships often govern how the assessment of patron attitudes are interpreted by libraries. I thought it’d be fun to share it here as well, if only because I’m inordinately proud of locating a font which makes the “proportional to” symbol look good.

This translates as:

“The need to listen to our patrons is directly proportional to how much they agree with what we’re already doing. The need to educate our patrons is inversely proportional to how much they agree with what we’re already doing.”

Sad to say, I’ve been guilty of this myself more than a little. It’s an easy but pernicious attitude to adopt.

CiL 2010: Day 3

15 Apr

First off, I found two more folks blogging about my presentation on Monday: Jill Hurst-Wahl gives a great summary with commentary at Digitization 101, and Diane Schrecker adds in some discussion of how her library is handling these kinds of issues at Library Cloud. I can’t believe I missed Jill’s post until now, but Library Cloud is a new discovery for me (to which I’m now subscribed).

Now, onto Day 3. It started late, pretty much because of karaoke.* I missed what sounds like a great keynote, but did managed to get to hear Janie L Hermann, Colleen S. Harris, and Mary Carmen Chimato talk about developing information fluency amongst library staff —  a difficult issue, and one I got a question about as well. Frankly, their answers were stronger.

After that, it was running to catch a shuttle to catch a plane** to catch another plane. Unlike the last two years, I managed to get home the same day I left, and that’s a win.

Overall, I feel like I either didn’t get as much out of the presentations as I did last year, or I still haven’t absorbed it all yet because of the haze that followed my presentation bumping up against the haze surrounding karaoke. But I’ve got solid notes to go over; I feel like reviewing Lee Raine’s keynote*** as well as the talks on the Smithsonian prototype commons, digital reference, and open data will have the biggest impact on my work in the coming year. The networking this year was exponentially better than last year’s, and I feel like I’m developing a wider group to discuss library issues with.

For now, it’s good to be home, it’ll be good to check in at Catherwood tomorrow… and I suppose I should start thinking about whether I can find funding to go to Internet Librarian.

* I’m only now getting my voice back. Curse you, Chris Robinson.
** A bus to a plane, actually. Commuter flights out of National are odd.
*** How the heck did I not mention that in my Day 1 write-up? It was great! Again, the presentation haze rears its head, Putin-like, over the Alaska of my memory.

CiL 2010: Day 2

14 Apr

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.

CiL 2010: Day 1

13 Apr

So, like last year, these retrospectives will usually come a day after the fact. This works well, because I’m still in something of a daze from presenting.

The presentation went well, and you can find it here (if you’re willing to follow the Prezi path; I imagine it’s a bit odd without my voice-over). Some blog posts about it can be found here and here, and I’m proud to say that I seem to have avoided tweckling.*

After that I caught some interesting presentations on real-time collaboration tools and Google Wave, but sadly ended up missing a presentation on Gen X librarians by Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Karen Sobel, and Nina McHale. (EDIT: Woo hoo! It’s on Slideshare!)

After that, I headed north to visit family. More tomorrow.

* A word I learned less than an hour before my presentation, because I needed more to stress about.

CiL 2010: Day 0

11 Apr

I have once again arrived in Arlington for Computers in Libraries. So far I’ve bumped into several people I met last year and have met even more folks (including the very neat crew I went to dinner with, whose twitter handles I hope I will remember). Thanks again to Amy for introducing me around, and Jenica for making sure my allergy-blighted eyes didn’t cause me to walk into traffic on the way back from the pub. I’m looking forward to seeing more folks whom I haven’t run into yet, and catching up with the people whom I’ve only managed to see in passing today.

I also got to rock out, this year with “Hungry Like The Wolf” and “Alex Chilton”… though I think the kickass rendition of “You Outta Know” might’ve stolen the petting zoo. (No, it’s not a mixed metaphor, dammit.)

Now to bed, to try to get some sleep before presenting tomorrow.