March 31, 2005

The Importance of Wikis in the Library

Will Richardson spoke about Wikis @ Your Library and it was one of my most anticipated sessions. I am currently working a s a Research assistant for UNT to set up a wiki for the Info Science Doc students to build our own spot of collaborative discusions, entries and data. (I am sorry I haven't written much about my studies this semester...a lot has been happening!)

Will said a Wiki is a difficult thing to define. But he did an excellent job: "Sometimes chaotic, sometimes amazing tool to create collaborative content on the Internet. A wiki is something anyone can edit at anytime. A tool of the read/write Web." (I love that term!)

He noted the huge increase in Podcasting (6 months ago from 1 to 4000 podcasts) and Photo blogging. "The everyday creation of content by everyday people."

Why wikis at your library?

Easy creation
Small elarning curve
Easy collaboration
Easy information storage
Easy retrieval
Easy tracking

Keys to Success:

Effective structure
Monitioring content
Consistency with names of pages
Active participation


I've been pondering wiki use in libraries since Will's talk.

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March 22, 2005

"Less focused on me" - Blake's Wrap Up

Please read Blake's wrap up and pay special attention to the last bit that I quote here:

The “core Bloggers” thing was surprisingly divisive at the conference and apparently outside as well. As Bloggers (Core or not, I was not) I think we need to talk about what we do and look at how we do things more and talk about ourselves less. What was being done from the conference was a great beginning, an amazing 1.0 of conference blogging.. Let’s look at how we did things and look for the next step. Stephen Abram said something about the Sirsi sales crew working the booth being in “today” and being VP of Innovation, his job was to be in 10 years from now, and I hope a blogger will take the lead on being the VP of Innovation for the LIS Core Bloggers. Let’s begin by asking some big questions. How do we work together, how do we improve what we write, can we do some real reporting and is what we do fit for print, or would anyone want to read what we do in print. As Andrea would say, we need to be more meta, less focused on “me”, and more focused on “us” and what we can really do for each other and our profession. How do we move beyond what we do now and into something else?

Well said Blake! What will future conference blogging experiences be like?

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March 21, 2005

IM Presentation

Aaron just put it up over at!

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March 20, 2005

Hidden Peanuts meets TTW

CIL 2005 from TTW

Chad has posted final thoughts...

Nice to meet you Chad!

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Skagirlie Sums up CIL05

Oh! And she's the one that gave me the shirt ~ Thanks Skagirlie!! Glad you were at CIL!

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Techman & TTW

CIL 2005 from TTW

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After 3 workshops, two presentations and going to a bunch of great sessions as well as hanging with amd meeting some very cool library folk ..I'm home with my boys. And I'm exhausted. I'll be posting notes and thoughts tomorrow. I hope all CIL 2005 attendees, bloggers, presenters, vendors and organizers are home safe and sound!

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March 19, 2005

Greetings from Blogging Workshop

We are doing a live demonstration of Weblogging for Organizations!!

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March 18, 2005

Will Richardson Blogs

I had the honor of meeting Will Richardson Thursday! Here's his post about his travels and teaching:

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Tryst in Adams Morgan


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Implications of Podcasting in Library Land


Implications of Podcasting in Library Land

In the first two days of CIL, I heard the term "podcasting" in a few sessions, including the "Dead Tech" session. I guess, then, that "podcasting" is sooooo hot right now. With that, I thinkl we need to put some thought into what might happen as libraries jump on the syndicated audio (and video bandwagon). I'm all for adding media to a library's presence, but I also see the need to plan and ponder how the creation of audio content might impact our work:

Have a visiting author? Will guest speakers sign off on a "podcast clause" when visiting libraries? Or agree to be interviewed for a library's feed? This is marketing for your library and publicity for the person involved so they will probably be tickled to do it. However, make sure that your "interviewer" is skilled in asking questions and has time to put together a brief intro and set of questions.

For a library to produce audio content monthly? weekly? there will need to be a serious investment in time and staff. It must be a priority! A podcast created by staff should probably be reviewed by the marketing point person to insure it meets the standards that SHOULD HAVE BEEN SET UP for all library promotional materials. This is not just the duty of IT staff.

What of podcasting conferences? It's one thing to blog from your seat in the presentation room. It is certainly another to record conference content. here at CIL, Greg has been recording content and asking folks to record "promos" for his podcast, or "the show" as he calls it. To actually syndicate program content, however, there are legalities involved.

Key Factors for the Podcasting Libraries:

What will be your ROI? Loads of downloads, feedback from users, or some other method?

What equipment do you need -- or already have? A PC, microphone, software, etc. where will the recording be done? Not in a busy workroom for sure!

Audio content should be created with the same guildelines as text-based content. Follow your style guide for how you might say your library's name or similar.

How will you promote your cast? On the Web? Usual media outlets?

Who does it? What staff?

A tip: if you have a librarian that is into such things as music, recording music, audio, etc you may want to talk to them about being point person / project person for the podcasts. These skills carry over. Got a librarian who used to work in radio? Grab them for sure?

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Social Software Track

I was very lucky to participate in the Social Software track yesterday. I spoke with Aaron on IM and collaboration in libraries -- which was a lot of fun!

K. Matthew Dames opened the track, and also moderated with Steven M. Cohen. Dames explored Social Software 101.

Take a look at his presentation. There is some good stuff there, including:social software is tools used for effective collaboration and efficient work flow; social networking is an analysis of the relationships of individuals and how they are connected to each other and Dames likes the term "digital collaboration" -- as do I!

I must tell you that Aaron and I did much of our work for this conference via IM, email, video chat and 2 "face to face" meetings. We used tools that allowed us -- a librarian living in Northern Indiana and a librarian living in the Chicago suburbs -- to create content for presentation here.

Dames pondered: What are key directions for libraries? And answered with : Blogs may ultimately replace HTML websites. I get that. Not only is it easy, but utilizing blogs can be most cost effective and time-saving. Dames also said there will be more blogs used as a project management tool. I get that too.

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CBS MarketWatch Coverage that Means a lot to Me

Via Rochelle at LISNews (Blake, you rule!):

Librarians' words to Ponder

The keepers of old-school information, librarians, are gathering in Washington this week at a conference titled "Computers in Libraries."

The chatter on panels and in receptions about the Internet, and the several live blogs covering the event, clearly show that librarians are anything but introverted and low-tech, as stereotypes would have it.

Cliff Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, keynoted the meeting with this provocative comment: "When everyone can own a computer and enjoy a fast connection, then everyone can become a broadcaster and publisher."

I appreciate the "breaking the stereotype" bit and the fact that they linked to the ITI blog. Lynch's comments about everyday people becoming publishers and content providers speaks volumes for the future of libraries and digital information.

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March 17, 2005

Optimizing Technology in Public Libraries

Here's my presentation:

Tech Planning in Libraries

We had a snafu yesterday in my presentation. The PPT slides in the proceedings were put in the Workshop section -- because I also taught a workshop with a similar name this week. Sorry for the confusion.

AND: Here's the book I spoke about:

How Libraries And Librarians Help: A Guide To Identifying User-Centered Outcomes

Amazon link

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10 Things I've Learned Presenting at Library Conferences

Andrea posted some great tips...and I was reminded of these:

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CIL Dead Tech Panel Group @ Flickr

CIL 2005 Dead Tech Panel

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Will Richardson is Busy!

BUSY!...but I can't wait to hear his talk on wikis this morning!

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That Appcasting is so hot right now

Wonderful moment of synchronicity here in the Hilton Honors lounge this am while I enjoy a breakfast tea and some wifi. Last night at Dead tech, I heard a new term - appcasting.

This morning, I search to update my Mac's flickr plugin for iPhoto and I find the flickr export appcast:


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March 16, 2005

Post "Dead Tech": Sushi and Discussion


Nice evening...great Dead Tech Session! I'll be posting images tomorrow.

After, Aaron, David King and I stepped out for some Miso, Sushi and some darn good conversation about library IT departments, the academic library, implications of podcasts and videocasts and all things in between.

One thing that impressed me today about the actual impact of blogging on the library profession is that David used a blog post as a talking point during his first session about targeting web services and statistics.

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5 Implications for the Teaching/Training Librarian

I enjoyed Clifford Lynch's reflection and pondering the future keynote this morning. He detailed the past 20 years for the Computers in Libraries Conference (back in the 80s known as Small Computers in Libraries) and hit on some of the big changes or events of those times.

In the early 80s it was the advent of the electronic card catalog and libraries jumping in and doing conversions. Then, Lynch reported, librarians embraced the Internet and assumed the role of "teacher" from roughly 1992 - 1998. When he said that I remembered the glory days of our first public Internet classes at SJCPL: We offered a 90-minute lecture and demo and repeatedly for many months packed the house. In fact, one night we had 128 people attend in our largest meeting room. Back then, folks were starving for information about what was happening on the Internet and how they might get access at the library.

Then, however, Lynch said, "The teaching role has went away."

Here's where I beg to differ. I found Lynch totally engaging and right on but I think there are a few things to be said about the teaching librarian. In fact, I think there are 5 things to say about the future of teaching librarians as I relax here in my room at the Hilton Washington:

* As long as there are public libraries and folks that use them, there will be a need for librarians to show folks how to get to information -- good information. Mind you, this may be virtually, via a sound recording on an iPod, via IM or in person. There will always be some sort of "classes" at the library. For example, some folks will need help getting e-mail because they don't have a computer at home. I don't see that going away anytime soon. Stephen Abram said in his Library Journal piece about Google "Vastly more information is used outside the library than in libraries—and most of it is now virtual. Recognize that librarians' and library workers' key contributions aren't merely collecting, organizing, and delivering the information—it's improving the quality of the question." That says to me it's all about education!

* Librarians of the blended variety will also be needed in the academic setting. BI will be around as long as there are new interfaces and new database products. Again, the delivery methods may change but we will still be offering instruction out of academic libraries. Take a look at for more.

* One goal of many libraries is to offer access to new technologies. Aaron believes this and so do I. As long as there is new tech - iPods, digital video, wifi, RFID and future implications of digital media -- there will be a need for the librarian.

* In the corporate library, the needs for resources may change and electronic resources management may reign supreme (in all types of libraries too!) so someone will have to corral all of this stuff and tell people how to get to it.

* Lynch also said that the world has moved from a “scarcity of information” to an abundance in 2005. And that means someone skilled in instructional design, styles of learning and delivering training will have to be around to make sure people know how to look for it and use it.

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Pondering the ROI


Aaron and I presented a workshop Tuesday devoted to implementing a plan for new technologies in libraries. We discussed planning, seeing the big picture, various nuances of some hot tech and the ROI on technologies in libraries.

Be aware: not only do you have to buy the tech and implment, you have to staff, create policy, promte and train to get it going!

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Blog People in Action


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Bloggers' Lunch

Blake, David, Greg & Chad

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Future Minded (Updated)

Aaron 2
Taking a break after teaching a Tech Planning workshop at CIL, Aaron Schmidt catches up on some Texting.

Congrats to my chum Aaron Schmidt on his inclusion in the 2005 Library Journal Movers & Shakers lineup as a Reference Visionary.

Aaron gets it: "Schmidt wants to help librarians understand the environment within which libraries must compete, including the commercial web. If we understand what our users get from those realms, and apply those lessons, libraries will have a future."

And now I'm pondering Aaron and realizing he exemplifies the future librarians who will be running the show in 30 years! Forward thinking, not afraid of change and ready to take on the world... Rock On!

Don't miss his "Dead Tech" talk tonight at Computers in Libraries!

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March 15, 2005

Afternoon Workshop

Workshop 2

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Press Pass!


Cohen arranged for the bloggers highlighted on the ITI blog site to get green press ribbons. I was all aflutter!

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March 14, 2005

Should be standard issue for all bloggers at CIL


(Thanks Joyce!)

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CIL Blogdigger

This link aggregates many of the folks blogging CIL. I'm tickled to see Hidden Peanuts on the list! Welcome to CIL Chad!

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Welcome to Washington DC

Waiting for my room

I had a safe and unenventful trip and now I'm camped in the bar at the Hilton waiting for my room. Checking my aggregator, I see folks are posting about the conference. It is good to be here!

(and it amazes me this is my sixth CIL!)

See you in the workshops, sessions, exhibits and around Dupont Circle!

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March 13, 2005

TTW Meets ITI for CIL

I'm happy to report that TTW is one of the blogs listed at the Information Today Blog for the Computers in Libraries conference, which ITI's Tom Hogan Jr., VP of Marketing & Business Development says could be the highest attended in 5 years.

I leave out of South Bend at 6am tomorrow! See you there....

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March 11, 2005

David King on Computers in Libraries 2005

You know I'm all about numbered lists! An even BETTER list of things to do! :

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February 21, 2005

Six Tips to Enjoy Computers in Libraries 2005

I am really looking forward to this year's Computers in Libraries conference at the Washington DC Hilton March 16-18. This will be my sixth trip out to DC for this conference! I've been reading Chad's writing at Hidden Peanuts and was happy to see he found a way to attend CIL this year -- his first. I would recommend this conference to any librarian interested in learning more about what is happening in that space where technology and libraries meet.

For those going, have fun! Here are Six Tips to Enjoy Computers in Libraries 2005:

1. Six Feet Under: Don't miss the TechForum 2005! It's Wednesday night, after a reception when the exhibits open so you get some food, some "festive" beverage of your choice and a couple of hilarious hours with some presenters discussing dead and emerging technologies moderated by Mr. D. Scott Brandt. And my friend Aaron is on the panel this year!

2. Dine Dine Around : Look for announcements about dine arounds and choose one or two and go! A Dine Around is sort of like a hungry community of interest that goes out to eat together and discusses a particular topic. Last year's blogger's dinner was a HOOT! This is a great way to meet like-minded/focused folks and do some networking.

3. Plugging In: Speaking of networking, don't miss time in the exhibits to meet vendors, publishers, authors and other people who may give you info or insight into your own projects. The receptions are particularly good for rubbing some librarian elbows.

4. Unplugging: While in DC, break away during down times. The Metro can take you anywhere. My faves? National Cathedral, the Mall and the Smithsonian. Also take advantage of what DuPont Circle has to offer in the way of dining and shopping. You'll find cuisine from around the world, unique gifts and some nightlife right down the hill from the Hilton. The coffee place (XandO? Cosi?) right across from the Church of Scientology had 5 wifi networks covering it, good tea and food as well.

5. Don't be too shy! If you see someone at CIL that you've read/heard and you'd like to ask him or her a question or make a comment -- go for it! Librarians are pretty darn approachable, and if someone isn't - shame on them!

6. If you love it - COME BACK! Have something to say? Propose a talk. Guess what? Speakers get their conference fees waived! :-)

See you in DC!

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