Archive for November, 2006

Libraryman

New Job News!

I am excited to let everyone know that I will be starting a new job next month. A very cool new job! And get this: it?s a job in one of my favorite library related organizations, working on projects that are near and dear to my experience and professional interests! It is a job with even more potential to positively impact our libraries and communities with practical technology AND, to nicely top it off, I?ll be moving back to my favorite U.S. city! So, without further ado:

I am very happy and excited to report that I will be moving on from my Training and Support Coordinator duties here at OCLC Western in Ontario so that I can transfer to the position of Community Associate at WebJunction in Seattle.

I?ve been a fan of WebJunction.org for years (before it?s inception even, when I worked at the Gates Foundation) and am honored to have this chance to help work with their amazing team. The potential here is just staggering and the opportunity to be a part of their forward motion is a huge honor (and responsibility). I can?t wait to get started!

I wanted to take a minute to thank all of my coworkers here at OCLC Western (and OCLC at large). My time here at Western has been invaluable and I truly appreciate the opportunities this position has presented. Additionally, many, many individual staff members have been remarkably generous, helpful, patient and good natured as we have worked together over the last two years. I?d like to thank each of you for being so welcoming and inspiring.

I?d also like to thank the member libraries and librarians who have made it possible for me to pursue the tools and ideas that have such potential to fuel our vitality and growth. If the librarians didn?t encourage the work, it just wouldn?t be there. Libraries and librarians inspire me every day and this new job at WebJunction is simply and naturally an extension of that point of view.

Friday, December 15 will be my final day at OCLC Western and Monday, December 18 will be my first day of work at WebJunction (whew!). I look forward to working with many of you as we all help WebJunction grow and evolve into an even more useful and practical resource and community center.

Libraryman

Have We Met?

The last several weeks have been an amazing flurry of activity! So many wonderful ideas conferences, new friends, old friends and happy opportunities to share content. Here is the picturebook version with some highlights that might actually provide some interesting content (or hopefully at least a pleasant diversion:) :

While in Hawaii presnting at the 2006 Hawaii Library Association Conference,

HLA 06 flickr Session
I got the see my friends Aaron, Jessamyn,

Librarians Listening to Paul's Boutique
Dave, Ruth

Surrounded By Librarians With Hair!
and drdrewhonolulu (from flickr):

HLA 06 - drdrewhonolulu & libraryman

At HLA 2006 I was able to present “flickr + libraries” and “Electronic Outreach and Presence: Beyond your library’s web site“.

After HLA is was off to the 2006 California Library Association Conference in Sacramento. There were too many people to mention seeing here, but it was a wonderful time, again full of interesting content and amazing chances to connect with people, ideas and inspiration. As always, it was heartwarming to get the rare chance to spend face time with my good friends Michael and Sarah, who are two of my heroes in LibraryLand.

At CLA Sarah Houghton-Jan, Scott Bauer and myself presented “What’s Hot in Technology”, which, while we had to turn away about twice as many people as were able to fit in the room, seemed to be useful to most of those that were able to squeeze into the room. You can see the PowerPoints we used in this presentation by going here.
Large Audience/Small Room

After booth duty, other sessions,

Pam Bailey from OCLC Western

dinners, and meeting a couple of remarkable new friends, it was time to give my “Social Software: For you and library” presentation. Thanks so much to Sarah for snapping this pic during the session. It’s seems hard to get well lit shots of folks during their presentations so I’m really grateful to her for this one. Sarah also took scary good notes during this session so if you’d like to read more about it, go here.

It was a tiring, rewarding and stimulating flurry, for sure. LibraryLand is the place to be! SO MANY good ideas and so much excitiment is swirling around our work! It was inspiring to meet and visit with so many hard working, intelligent, curious and high caliber folks over the past couple of months. A huge thanks to OCLC Western for saying “yes” to the inviations and paying my salary while I am away from the physical office doing these presentations.

PS- Other recent trips, presentations and events didn’t get a blog entry like this, but for what it’s worth, one of them did get a flickr set. It’s from the Seattle Public Library Staff Day and the beautiful downtown SPL Main Library:

SPL Staff Day Trip Pics