October 31, 2005

10 Things I Learned at Internet Librarian 2005

Finally things have calmed down. Here goes a long overdue summary of what I took home from Monterey.

#1 Public Librarians Rule

Public Libraries Track at Internet Librarian 2005iPod Shuffles guys: JoePublic Libraries Track at Internet Librarian 2005

I had high hopes for the track when we got the go ahead from Jane to put it together. I am super-pleased with the feedback I've received. (and send more if you haven't...) There was such energy in the room... so, one thing I learned is the folks that work at PLS really seem to be interested in new technologies and serving their users. Public Librarians rule because they care about their users and their buildings and the profession. Many seek out learning, and try new things and aren't afraid of technology or failure. And many of them spent time with us in the De Anza 1 room.

One of my most striking moments was when Ken Weil, super-cool director of South Huntington PL (they are the ones that circulate iPods!) in South Huntington, NY said: "Our staff isn't afraid of change..and we are not afraid to try new things."

I wish every PL staff was like that! Can we foster that culture elsewhere? I think so! Ken and Joe Latini, the assistant director there, should let us know what their secret is!

#2 It's still a struggle for some folks

During a talk about technology and people, David King and I, however, had a question from the audience that made both of us stumble a bit: a lady stood and said "I'm not interested in new technology, and I don't have time for it and i'm not one to play with technology..what about me?"

Wowza! I did a slow turn to my right and said: "David."

So David says: "We're at the beginning of a huge information revolution. We have to change, or we'll be left behind..." (He sums up IL05 here)

And I add: "The wave of technological change is not going to stop. In fact it will only get bigger as newer stuff somes along..."

Here are some more thoughts, a few days later: If you are not engaged and learning right now about how libraries are changing and adapting in the world of Google, digital content, the Read/Write Web, Electronic Resources Management, and everything else... you may be in trouble. A library director stopped me after that presentation and told me that he had found a way to free up some staff time for technology exploration and made it mandatory as part of his library's strategic plan and the staff's development. I was overjoyed. Look closely at processes...what can chage to free up time? Or is it just a mindset we librarians fall into so easily: No Time..No Time..No Time... I think there is time...we just need to find it.

Take a lesson from Ken and the other director who spoke to me. Admin must be behind change and learning or your library may be in trouble, because...

#3 The wave of change is not going to stop and we need to plan for it

Darlene Fichter and I taught an "Organizational Weblogs" workshop and this was the first time I've heard librarians actuall say that blogs and such are becoming part of planning. It's in our "strategic plan" one said. It's part of our long range plan, said another.

Jenny summed it up perfectly at our Future Trends panel: "2005 is the year that librarians got it."

Aaron and I did a workshop on technology Planning and did some exercises to get the group thinking about what they needed to do to implement some HOT tech. It was fun, engaging and the threee hours flew. Here's what the group voted on as HOT HOT HOT:

Weekend Workshops at Interenet Librarian 2005

#4 Little Libraries can do the same things that the big libraries do

Sarah Houghton spoke the truth and engaged the crowd when she discussed what any library can do, not just the huge ones with loads of money and staff. Don't have $20,000 for bloated virtual reference software? How about IM? Need a way to disseminate infor easily without a huge Content Management System? Try a blog -- but lose the word, which i agree with! Need a collaborative web-based workspace for your reference librarians to build useful pages? Guess what?

Many of the social tools are free to use, adapt and share. Try it!

#5 Librarians should all be given a Tech Toolkit

"If I had a million dollars.." If I could, I would outfit every librarian on my staff with a Tech Toolkit to help them do their jobs and serve users as effectively as possible: a super nice laptop filled with useful open software (and to be realistic some of the necessary evils), a big USB drive to swap files and move content, wifi everywhere, and an iPod. (Well, just because...) If I had a billion billion dollars, I'd buy a tech Toolkit for every librarian in the WORLD! I would hope every library would see this as money well-spent. That said...

#6 We all need a playground! And administrators should give time to play and learn...

In my talk on Staff Buy-In, I urged folks to consider some mechanism for time to play with new technologies. It really helps staff feel informed and on top of what the library is doing. Like the above examples, directors and adminstrators must understand they have to be involved as well. If your director is blogging (AADL anyone?) that speaks volumes about how the adminstration feels about the tools we can use to communicate. Ignored tools lead to a disinterested, out of touch staff.

More here on buy in!

#7 Speaker's gifts can be most entertaining especially combining them with Social Software


The Most Interesting Librarians with Giant Calculators Images at flickr

#8 We need to put a face on the library

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This was one snippet of Glenn Peterson's part of the Web trends panel... the Subject Guides at Hennepin Co. PL contain little pictures of the librarians who take care of the pages. This is a Cluetrain alert: let's make our conversations human. Let's get the library a human face. Sign blog posts. Use images. Have a voice. It's not technology, it's people.

Glenn said there were varying degrees of buy in for putting folks' pictures up and offered a tip: let the librarians choose how their picture looks or what prop they use. Hot!

#9 Training is still HOT

Scott Brandt and I had a great workshop with 28 folks who were there for tips on teaching new technologies. Have you looked at your class content of late? Have you updated? Are you promoting Web access to the OPAC, the library blog, the library IM name, etc?

#10 Finally: the Techie types are all over the social tools

This was pretty amazing to watch play out and participate in. Posts were tagged..folks were flickr'ed...wikis were born. Sessions featured serious topics for library bloggers! This wave is not stopping...

LiB's People of IL

The Technorati tag for the conference was IL05. Take a look to see the posts still coming in.

Sherri has a conference category:http://blog.uwinnipeg.ca/schwagbag/archives/conferences/

Liz lawley did a nice "Parting thoughts" piece: http://mamamusings.net/archives/2005/10/26/internet_librarian_05_parting_thoughts.php

Aaron used a category this time: http://www.walkingpaper.org/index.php?c=internet-librarian-2005

Jessamyn had a few things to say: http://www.librarian.net/tags/il05

Libraryman, who i never get to spend enough time with, just rocks: http://www.libraryman.com/blog/archives/000196.html

Some folks were even inspired. Look at this little blog that crossed my path: http://superturbo.blogspot.com/ - Ok Superturbo, let's see how blogging plays out for you. I'm glad you were inspired. :-) Did you learn about ethics? Nice start! And I like your little Pug too!

It was a good time in Monterey. I got to hang with some good friends, chat with folks I seldom see, and join in a great ongoing discussion about libraries, tools and the future! See you next year!

Update: Don't miss Erica's Blog at http://queequegs.blogspot.com/. She has some cool ideas!

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October 28, 2005

What a GIANT Calculator

Michael Stephens

I am still chuckling over the fun had with this speaker's gift!

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October 26, 2005

What a nice thing to read as I'm about to turn off the light...

...and head home from Monterey in the morning...From Liz Lawley, keynoter and blogger...

http://mamamusings.net/archives/2005/10/25/glory_days.php

Here at Internet Librarian, I see the next posse hanging in the halls. They’re talking about blogs and flickr and del.icio.us. They’re laughing out loud at the stodginess around them (as well they should), and carving out their own space. And I find that I’m not at all jealous. I love seeing them blaze their own paths, create their own disruptive force. I don’t want to go back to who and where I was fifteen years ago. But I am oh so glad for the friendships that were forged during those conference romps, and the memories that remain. I can only hope that this new group of go-getters will have as many joys and successes in the profession that we’ve had.

Thanks Liz!

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Librarians with Giant Calculators

Librarians with Giant Calculators

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/librarianswithgiantcalculators/

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October 25, 2005

Raise Your Hand if You are a Public Librarian!

Public Libraries Track at Internet Librarian 2005

Internet Librarian 2005 Public Libraries and Technology Flickr Set

(Let the tagging begin...)

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October 24, 2005

Joe and Ken are Speaking about circulating iPods!

iPods at South Huntington PL

http://shpl.suffolk.lib.ny.us/

This is most cool!

Ken just said: "We have a staff that's not afraid to embrace change..."

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Breakfast Tea & Internet Librarians

I'm up early! (J-E-T you are so BAD for me!) and I'm working on a few things for this mornings Public Library track at Internet Librarian 2005. So far this experience has been incredible! I taught 3 workshops over the weekend and got to chit chat with librarians from all over the US as well as Canada AND Copenhagen!

Darlene Fichter and I taught "Organizational Weblogs" and my big AHA moment there was the fact that two of the participants were present because their organizations had a blogging initiative in their strategic or long range plans. Do you have such an initiative?

This was fun coming off "The Blogger's Toolkit" in London, and the differences and similarities between the folks here and over there were fascinating. One of the highlights: blogs being used in the classrooms and inj the school libraries. Nice! I am so happy librarians are recognizing how a tool such as weblogs can solve many problems and create a flow of information that could become a conversation with users.

Aaron and I taight a planning for technology workshop that really came together well. We spent some time on "Ten Steps for Planning for Technology" and then Aaron took us through some hot tech. The group then broke out to discuss how they would implement their chosen technologies. He posted about it here.

Finally, Scott Brandt and I taught a new version of teaching the Internet -- in 2005. Six new courses we presented for the particpants to adapt and use in their libraries included "Setting Up Wireless networks," "All about Podcasting," and "All About Digital Music Players."

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Breakfast Tea & Internet Librarians

I'm up early! (J-E-T you are so BAD for me!) and I'm working on a few things for this mornings Public Library track at Internet Librarian 2005. So far this experience has been incredible! I taught 3 workshops over the weekend and got to chit chat with librarians from all over the US as well as Canada AND Copenhagen!

Darlene Fichter and I taught "Organizational Weblogs" and my big AHA moment there was the fact that two of the participants were present because their organizations had a blogging initiative in their strategic or long range plans. Do you have such an initiative?

This was fun coming off "The Blogger's Toolkit" in London, and the differences and similarities between the folks here and over there were fascinating. One of the highlights: blogs being used in the classrooms and inj the school libraries. Nice! I am so happy librarians are recognizing how a tool such as weblogs can solve many problems and create a flow of information that could become a conversation with users.

Aaron and I taight a planning for technology workshop that really came together well. We spent some time on "Ten Steps for Planning for Technology" and then Aaron took us through some hot tech. The group then broke out to discuss how they would implement their chosen technologies. He posted about it here.

Finally, Scott Brandt and I taught a new version of teaching the Internet -- in 2005. Six new courses we presented for the particpants to adapt and use in their libraries included "Setting Up Wireless networks," "All about Podcasting," and "All About Digital Music Players."

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October 21, 2005

Conference Travel...

I'm not the only one shuffling around trying to get stuff done!

See you in Monterey!

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October 20, 2005

Monterey IL 2003 Flickr Set

Internet Librarian 2003 Monterey CA

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/sets/1177868/

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October 18, 2005

See You in Monterey!

Monterey Bay

I leave early Friday for Monterey and Internet Librarian 2005. I hope to see many colleagues and friends and spend some time taking libraries and tech. See you there and please say HI! I'll be moderating the Public Libraries and Technology track all day Monday -- hope to see you there!

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May 07, 2005

ATTENTION Public Librarians

Start making travel plans! California in October!

Here's the blurb for an ALL DAY TRACK at Internet Librarian in Monterey, CA in October. For more info: http://www.infotoday.com/il2005/default.shtml

(Note: this line up could change!)

Top Tech Trends for Public Libraries (PLs)

This track explores what top technology trends some public librarians are using to reach their user and explores how medium and small PLs can successfully implement some of those new technologies. With an eye toward cost, staffing and the ROI, these sessions offer useful tips, take-home examples, and loads of practical experience. Michael Stephens, Moderator, SJCPL, & Tame the Web.

B101
10.15-11 Web Trends & Innovations
Glenn Peterson, Hennepin Co. PL
Sarah Houghton, Marin Co. PL
David King, Kansas City PL
A lively opening to our day! Meet the experts for a discussion of the state of public library Web sites, including what smaller public library Web sites are focusing on in terms of content, tips for effective Web presence and maintenance, bold design and new technology, and what cutting-edge public library Web sites are doing and plan to do in the next year, including integrated subject guides and a team approach.

B102
11:15-12
Digital Content
Ken Weil & Joe Latini, South Huntington PL, Long Island, NY
Meet librarians who have implemented a successful audio books program in their libraries detailing many valuable lessons about choosing the right vendor, configuring the Web site, promoting, and eventually surveying users. And don’t miss the librarians from the first public library to circulate iPod Shuffles!

Lunch Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

B103
1:15-2
People and Technology
David King, Kansas City PL
Michael Stephens, SJCPL
How do we manage technology, people, and ourselves in the public library environment where change is constant. King discusses how to hire and keep tech-savvy staff and Stephens presents ways promote staff buy-in when planning and implementing technology.

B104
2:15-3
Social Software & Sites for PLs
Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian
Jessamyn West, www.librarian.net
Learn what public libraries can do with social software and sites. Images! Bookmarks! Tags! Presented by two notable blogging librarians, this session offers tips and tricks to use in your library for marketing, outreach, and presence!

B105
3:15-4
Hardware Solutions
Aaron Schmidt, Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Bernadine Goldman, Los Alamos County Public Library
Schmidt outlines the best practices for configuring the public computer. From reasons not to “dumb them down” to spyware solutions, these hints and tips offer useful insights for participants’ public libraries! Goldman outlines how to take control of public library computing stations with step-by-step instructions and tips for planning.

B106
4:15-5
Future Tech Trends for PLs
Sarah Houghton, Marin Co PL
Joe Latini, SHPL & Ken Weil, SHPL
Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian
Aaron Schmidt, TFML

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February 07, 2005

Shifting Worlds Call for Speakers

Please note I am still looking for proposals for the Public Libraries and Technology Track at IL 2005!


Internet Librarian 2005: Shifting Worlds
Monterey, CA October 24-6, 2005   ***note the new dates!
www.infotoday.com/IL2005

Call for Speakers
It has been 10 years since the last major technological sea change when the Web rocked our world.  Not just the information world, but also those worlds at the very roots of our lives  the places and spaces where we work, learn and play.  All indications point to very dramatic and dynamic changes in the coming year.  Consider the recent announcements by Google that emphasize the new players in the information world.  It is more important than ever for information professionals to keep close tabs on the shifting worlds around us: the information landscape with its key and new players, new platforms and technologies, as well as new applications and strategies. 

Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for over twenty years, is pleased to announce the 9th annual Internet Librarian  the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators and developers, taxonomists, searchers, community builders, information providers, trainers, guides, and more. This comprehensive conference and exhibition offers a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers, content managers and information specialists.

Internet Librarian 2005 caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with four simultaneous tracks plus many workshop and networking opportunities. This year’s tracks encompass such topics as: Information Discovery & Search, Leading Edge Technologies, Managing Knowledge Assets, Web Tools, Intranets & Portals, eLearning & Training, Case Studies of Internet and Intranet Librarians, Web Development & Management, e-Resources & Digital Libraries, Blogging & Knowledge Exchange, Distance Learning & Instruction, Streaming Multimedia, Search Engines, Content Management and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, new tools and techniques, case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sending us a proposal to speak.

If you would like to participate in Internet Librarian 2005 as a speaker or workshop leader, please complete the submission form at:
http://www.infotoday.com/il2005/SpeakerSubmissions.htm>
or contact the Program Chair at the email address listed below as soon as possible (March 15, 2005 at the very latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate to the topic, and full contact information (title, address, e-mail, phone & fax). All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made in the summer.

Jane I. Dysart, Program Chair
Dysart & Jones Associates
phone: 416/484-6129
email: jane@dysartjones.com

To receive the registration and program brochure in the fall, or exhibit information please contact:
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
phone: 609/654-6266
fax: 609/654-4309
email: custserv@infotoday.com
Web site: www.infotoday.co

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January 22, 2005

Call for Speakers: Implementing Top Tech Trends for Public Libraries

I am organizing a track for Internet Librarian 2005, October 24-26, dedicated to implementing some of the top technology trends in public libraries. My emphasis: practical applications and useful ideas that attendees can take home and USE in their small or medium-sized public libraries (or boost what some of the BIG libraries are doing).

Are you a public librarian and implementing RFID? WiFi? A PL Blog with RSS? A Tech Training program that ROCKS? Let me know -- Comment here!

Shoot me an e-mail (mstephens7 (at) mac.com) or comment here and we'll talk. The Submissions page is here.

FEEL FREE as well to use the comments on the post to weigh in on what you'd like to see during a fun filled day at Internet Librarian devoted to public library folk!

Stuff to be included for sure for your perusal and thoughts: technology training in PLs (staff and public), wrangling new tech such as RFID, Blogs, RSS, dealing with IT staff, Web site improvements and collaboartion amongst public librarians. There are more to ponder: help make this session what you want it to be!

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January 19, 2005

Shifting Worlds

The call for speakers is up!

http://www.infotoday.com/il2005/

How are libraries and librarians chanmging to meet the needs of users in 2005? Got something to say? Want a great place and a wonderful crowd to say it to? Ponder a submission for Internet Librarian 2005!

I'm still fired up from last November!

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