I just got back last night from the OLC Convention and Expo, where I got to present about changes in technology and education, and their impact on libraries.
This was a great trip, not only because of the awesome crowd at my session, but also because I got to see several friends (including Evan Struble, who helped organize the event, and David Lee King who was delivering the keynote speech). Big thanks are due to Jamie Mason of Rocky River Public Library for helping make it possible for me to be there.
As a side bonus, I got to hang out with my friend Darrin who I’ve known for ten years, and finally got to meet in person — that’s the power of the internet, people!
If you’re interested in some of the cool things the GSU Library is doing to reach out to the Millennials, check out the presentation I did with the awesome Sarah Steiner. We presented at the Teaching With Tech two-day conference here at GSU: Connecting with Millennials: How the University Library is Responding to Today’s Students (requires iTunes, unfortunately). You can also check out Jason Puckett presenting on Zotero, and Joe Hurley present with Christopher Pell on using demographic data and visualization for teaching and research.
I was also lucky enough to present at the Your Library, Your Community conference hosted by OCLC. I really enjoyed listening to the keynote speaker Elisabeth Doucett talk about keeping an eye on trends, as well as the telecast of author Marilyn Johnson giving librarians a great pep talk and a lot of hope for the future! They’ve got pictures up from the event, and I’m told that video may be following shortly. Until then, you can check out my slides:
I had a great time this year at COMO, the Georgia library conference. I was insane lucky enough to present three times!
First up was “A View from the Trenches: Using GIL-FIND in Instruction, Reference and Marketing,” where I co-presented alongside Lori Critz, Rebecca Drummond and Claudia Shorr, fellow members on the GIL-OPAC committee. We talked about using GIL-Find, Georgia’s instance of the VuFind open source catalog interface. We had a great crowd and some excellent questions from the audience.
Next was a great panel presentation on starting up a texting/SMS reference service. It was a loose, conversational panel presentation with Casey Long, Sarah Steiner, James Stephens, Jeff Gallant and myself. Again, we had a wonderful group of folks in the audience and some interesting dialogue–it’s always interesting to see what other folks are doing!
Last, I got to take part in the closing keynote! We got off to a late start (partly my fault for getting my laptops confused!), but Tim Daniels and Buffy Hamilton did a great job. We all talked about the future directions and possibilities that lay before libraries, and it was very heartening to see that all three of us came to the same general conclusions (we didn’t even share notes, I swear!).
It was a great conference! I got to hang out with old friends and make some news ones. Thanks again, everyone, for making a great COMO!
I’m settling nicely into Atlanta, and enjoying all the exciting work in my new job as the Web Services Librarian at GSU. We’re hard at work on a new website, so keep your eyes open for the groovy new features we’ll be rolling out in the next few weeks.
In the mean time, here are some speaking gigs I’ve got lined up for this month:
- Wednesday Webinars – The Social Library (Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 10:00am). This is a free webinar series offered by the Georgia Public Library Service, so feel free to sign up. I’ll be talking about some of the latest trends in social computing and how you can leverage those trends in libraries.
- Atlanta Emerging Librarians – Say What You Mean: Professional Communication Skills for Librarians (Saturday, July 24th, 2010, 3:00-5:00pm, Dunwoody Library, Dunwoody, GA). I’ll be doing an overview of interpersonal communication skills as they apply to librarians, including: basic communication skills, direct vs. indirect communication, conflict management, and professional relationship maintenance.
I’m really looking forward to doing both presentations, and to taking part in the post-talk dialogue with librarians (always my favorite part!). So sign up, show up, and let’s have a conversation!
I had a great time in Ft. Myers for TechLearn2009 last Friday, and heard some great talks on literacy and brain science, how to invest in learning, e-branches, and much more. I was delighted to give the opening and closing keynote speeches, LEARN and TECH, both shown below. A great big thank-you to everyone there for making me feel welcome, and especially to Lee LeBlanc for inviting me!