October 19, 2004

10 Things I Learned in London at Internet Librarian International

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10 Things I Learned in London at Internet Librarian International

It's a sweet thing to drink breakfast tea in my room, lounging in my hotel dressing gown, reading the proceedings and planning for the day.

Technology training issues are the same for trainer/librarians everywhere - from issues about retention of material to support for training programs by administrators! Talking with Rob was illuminating and made me realize public librarians in the Netherlands are lucky to have him doing training!

According to Sullivan: personalization and "invisible tabs" may be the wave of the future for search engines...and after hearing Frank Cervone speak, we could say the same for library Web sites! Customization will rule!

FREE WiFi in the meeting rooms and conference areas is the way all library conferences should go!

Brian Kelly gets it! He encouraged folks to message each other with laptops or other devices and discuss our presentations while we were presenting!

Key words: convergence & collaboration! Presenting with Frank cervone and Brian Kelly was a joy! What inceredible fellows! Our panel was rather lively...with Brian playing the skeptic...

Receptions and lunches are the coolest times to chat with people: networking, marketing yourself and your library, exchanging knowledge... and at the reception you get good red wine too!

Even without PPT and notes, I still can mange to say something about technology and its place in libraries.

I've said it before, but if you can swing it, if you can afford it, send your librarians to meetings like this! Get them out and get them involved and listening. Time is short - what if the next cool thing comes from a group of librarians and not Google or MS?

No matter where we're from, we all speak the same language: libraries! In speaking, listening to others, chatting at breaks... it dawned on me: Problems I've encountered are the same for folks on the other side of the world. I spoke about surprise technology appearing on reference desks and the nods in the audience meant those folks had encountered it too!

Posted by Michael at October 19, 2004 05:10 PM
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