Thursday, May 10, 2007

Day 1 at CIL 2007

The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference was Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project. See the website for interesting data on Internet trends.

I attended 4 more presentations that day. Rebecca Jones of Dysart & Jones Associates talked about Organizing 2.0. Web 2.0 is about relationships and collaborations; our organizational structures don't parallel these changes reflected in technology. A question she posed: Do we staff the organization or organize the staff? Rebecca is an excellent speaker and gave us some good ideas to think about in working with our organizations in the changing world we line in today. Her presentation is here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


I attended the Computers in Libraries conference in Arlington, Virginia, April 16-18, 2007. This was the first time I had attended this conference. While the content presented was excellent, the logistics at the conference hotel were terrible. There just wasn't enough space for the 2600+ attendees to move around easily. With a Noreaster' blowing for two days, it was tough to venture outside the hotel for the first two days without using the shuttle bus.

It was great to hear how other librarians are using technology and trying new things all the time. I just wish I had enough hours each day to keep up with my peers at the larger organizations. Well, I may not be able to move as fast as they do, but I can sure learn from them and adopt a few new things along the way.