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Webinar links and reflections

18 Oct

Last week’s webinar seemed to go very well. It’s a whole different experience for me, making a presentation in a format which makes it impossible for me to see or hear the audience. There were apparently 83 people in attendance, and the feedback I’ve received both from bepress and via email has been positive.

Plus, my sign totally worked:

If you’re interested in what I had to say about getting faculty involved in a digital repository, but weren’t able to attend, there are a few ways you can check it out. First, here are the slides from Prezi:

Or, you could watch the video of slides with voice-over:

Both of those, plus a PDF of the slides, are available here.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how this went. I probably talked too long,* and so we didn’t have as much time for questions as I’d like.** But I thought the questions I did get were good, and I’m hopeful that folks might send me more.

I enjoy talking about this stuff, and I try to frame the conversation in terms of relationships: both between the folks who work at libraries and the folks who make content, and between the material within the repositories and its users/creators.

Back when I spoke at an IR Day in April, the one piece of negative commentary I received was that I didn’t use the DigitalCommons software at any point in my presentation. Frankly, I can’t imagine giving that kind of presentation outside of training folks within my library or school to use the software, and one of the reasons I’m glad give webinars or presentations in conjunction with bepress is that I don’t have to frame my presentation in a DigitalCommons-specific way.***

I try to make this stuff generally applicable, regardless of what kind of repository software you use (and maybe even to digital library projects beyond repositories). Hopefully, I succeeded this time around.


** I can’t really fault bepress for cutting things off right at an hour, though; I actually needed to end the webinar and start a chat reference shift.
*** I did talk a bit about the upload interface, I believe, but even then I tried to frame in the context of how much you could expect folks outside the library to contribute to repository workflow.

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.

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.