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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.