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I’ll be there (along with my colleagues Chrystie Hill and Rachel Van Noord). You can come too, as they still apparently have a few open slots. Some big/interesting names will be there AND it is at the Computer History Museum (!!!) so if online community is your bag, you love them ‘puters and can swing the $$$, you might seriously consider it!

The Online Community Unconference is a gathering of online community practitioners – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities.

Those involved in online community development (and social software in general) share many common challenges: community management, tools, marketing, business models, legal issues. As we have found with our past events, the best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners.

The Online Community Unconference is inspired by the emerging “open space” conference format. (For an excellent description, see this article on a past MashUp Camp.) There will also be plenty of time for networking.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View is a unique venue with plenty of parking and WiFi. Lunch and snacks will be provided, and the Museum exhibits will be open to the group during the breaks.

Price: $195 ($175 before May 12). Space is limited. Fee is fully refundable prior to May 24, not refundable after (but admission is transferable).”

The Santiago Library System has created a pretty spiffy flier for an upcoming event that I am very honored to be taking part in next month. I’ve had a chance to speak with a couple of the other presenters and I believe they will be quite interesting and certainly worth the time it takes to attend. I already know the audience ’round Santiago LS and MCLS land is pretty amazing, so it should be a great day all around (though I can admit that this is a bit of an intimidating crowd and not scare any potential attendees away, right?). At any rate, the event even includes lunch and a library tour, so how can you go wrong?

If you see me there be sure to say hello. I’ll do the same!

Generation Tech - Upcoming So Cal Presentation

Thanks M! ;)

From a quick email conversation today about conference presentations comes a blog entry about a word that I have been holding close and have also been sharing more and more: Fulfillment. Fulfillment is not a new concept to library folks by any means, but it is different now than before. We are seriously gearing up towards a Libraryland with previously unimaginably rich fulfillment deeply at its core. A new, more dynamic, more rewarding and engaging type of fulfillment. A fulfillment that every brand wishes they could deliver. Except we are poised to actually do it! How? Oh my, that could be a book. Or a job in LibaryLand! ;)

It seems to me this is really the core of what we are all working towards, reading about, talking about, thinking about, blogging about, etc, etc…and it?s become pretty crystal (a fluid crystal of course) in my mind that this is our future. Our challenging, opportunity filled and delivery rich future. Here is what I sent my friend about presentation themes:

“My new key word for presentations is Fulfillment. I love that word. It is the big word for me. Each presentation I give (and many of the casual conversations I have as well… I know, it’s sad;) include me saying: “Libraries do two things: content and community”. Fulfillment is the answer for libraries in relation to the content section of that equation. Community is a whole other happy ball of wax, though fulfillment is certainly a big part of that as well.

What is Fulfillment? This is part of it.
Gimme, Gimme is also a healthy part of Fulfillment:
Gimme Gimme Gimme Set & Summary


Coming Friday To A Corvallis Near You:

Electronic Presence and Outreach - Online NW 2007


More Sweet, Delicious alamw2007

ALA Midwinter is over, but continues to age gracefully, opening the full bouquet of library bounty as the dust settles. Library peeps from around the globe now are returned home and have begun reassuming their real and on-line (still real) identies. What did that last sentence mean? I don’t know for sure, but I think it was something like: Cool stuff from Midwinter is still showing up on-line!

For one thing, (though it may not qualify as “cool” to everyone), you can find this presentation on flickr. Me is meant as a good thing here, more of an outward reaching concept for sharing and libraries than a selfish individualistic worldview. Click the pic below for linkage:
Gimme Gimme Gimme Set & Summary

Also, lots and lots of conference photos are showing up on flickr with the tag alamw2007. That’s the tag that the collective decided on, right? Check out the most “interesting” here.

Also today, David Lee King posted a video of he and I doing some booty shakin’ with the video game Dance Dance Revolution at the ALA TechSource booth. Alright, it may not technically be booty shaking, more stomping really, but you can tell we were havin’ us some fun! I hope they have Karaoke Revolution next year. :)

If you’ve left something cool on-line from alamw2007 and want to share it here, I’d love to see it. Stick a link in the comments, baby!


ALA Midwinter – 10 Things

Libraryman went to this year’s ALA Midwinter Conference and all you got was this lousy “10 Things” blog post.

This was a unique conference for me personally, with exposure to an unusually large number of new people, events and situations. Some events were things that I had *heard* happened, but had never been invited to before. Others were work realated. Many were general events that were simple unmissable. I continue to be deeply grateful for some of the kind invitations and warm welcomes received at this conference. It was exhausting, exciting and invigorating. I should go to bed, but though it best to write these observations down before I turn in. Here goes!

1. Yeah, yeah, you already know this, but it’s still true; the best thing about every library conference is our community. With few exceptions, the opportunity we have to reconnect and catch up with old friends, make new friends and learn from fellow professionals is worth the money, time and effort.
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2. Seattle, I love you. You are pretty and have amazing food. Sure, you’re a bit expensive, but this is a case of getting what you pay for. I really hope most of you enjoyed Seattle and had good experiences with the city.
Seattle: Sound, Ferry, Needle, Mountains, Downtown
3. If you get an invite to a Gates Foundation party, go. These parties have a relaxed yet sophisticated and celebratory air that is difficult to match. Plus their food is the best you’ll find at just about any conference (or restaurant for that matter).

4. If you get invited to any other fancy parties, the kind you knew happened, but hadn’t been invited to in the past, follow your instincts regarding picture taking. I was not an aggressive picture taker at most events and even left the camera at home for a few shin-digs.

5. Most of the people in Libraryland that act like they are your friend really are your friend. Conferences provide on of the best opportunities to see these friendships in action. They will demonstrate this to you over time with things like:
-Uncontrollable smiles.
-Heartfelt group hugs given without any sense of irony.
-Invites to events you didn’t even know were held and certainly weren’t listed in any brochure I’ve ever seen (wait, we already talked about that, didn’t we?).
-Phone calls and text messages at odd hours from old friends and former coworkers attempting to meet up for at least a few minutes during impossibly packed days and nights.
-Knowing glances across the room that say “I know your tired, hang in there” or “We aren’t going to have time to talk, but what I really want to do is have more time and energy so we could talk until we were all caught up”.

5. I’ll bet most people here already know this, but most of the folks that are, have been or are upcoming ALA Presidents have amazing stamina and really, truly care about “our” business. They aren’t superstars, aren’t usually diva’s (or Devo‘s ;) they just are librarians (mostly) like us. They are often somewhat over achieving librarians with amazing political skills, connections, achievements and personality, but they really are just “one of us”.

6. This is easy since we library folks do a good job of this for the most part already. But …always try to be genuine and honor the attention people give you. The people saying nice things to you and trying to talk to you are just exactly as important and special as you are. If a librarian bothers to try to meet you, meet them! I know some folks have felt sad after they were brushed off by people of “importance”. That is SO not cool. Though developing a thicker skin is probably a good idea, respect is the best idea (something I am working on myself, the thick skin especially;).

7. Fred Kilgour was given a tribute that was respectful, appropriately irreverent at times and moving. Many of his quotes inspire me the exact way conversations with some of my closest library friends do. I’d say it even if MPOE (did I get the right, Karen?) wasn’t tied with the org he founded. If you haven’t seen it, look up some of his stuff. Or you could just look up a book in your library catalog. That book info you find there is pretty much there because of his work.

8. Gaming is one of the best things I’ve ever seen happening at a booth. At any conference. Nice work ALA TechSource (and Jenny). 1. David Lee King and I rock out with the “Guitar Hero” video game. 2. Jenny works hard, man. 3. Check out Rosario from MCLS playing DDR! She was good too!
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9. You can sleep some other time. Though it seems that if you’re just going to an early session for free breakfast and don’t care about the session at all, why not just sleep a bit longer? You’ll have more energy later in the evening to put towards talking, dancing, drinking…or all three! *#9 was given to me during a conference conversation. I’m all for free breakfast, don’t get me wrong.*

10. If you are at all nervous about seeing someone from your past, there is a three times greater statistical chance you will run into that person. Seriously, I saw the mathematical formula for this once in college. It’s an ugly formula too. Lots of conversion and carrying of ones. Of course, I’m happy to see everybody all the time, so this couldn’t possibly apply to me personally…

There you have ‘em, ten observations from the 2007 ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle. Hope to see you this summer at Annual and at next years Midwinter.

PS- Walt was a good sport, but Andrea put me up to it, I assure you. *Taken at the blog salon mentioned in the preceeding post*
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Blog Salon? My Goal Is To Bartend…

…and make it a blog saloon!

May not happen though as I hear the position of bartender is hotly contested at this event. Oh well, even if I’m not pouring, I hope to see you there if you are in Seattle this week for ALA Midwinter. It’ll be fun!!!

“The Blog Salon will be in room 3028, the OCLC Blue Suite, Saturday beginning around 8pm. The Sheraton is under construction so you come in at street level and need to go up to the ballroom level (2) to get an elevator.

Hope to see lots of you there…”

From It’s All Good


ALA Midwinter Presentation Intro Slide

ALA Midwinter  Presentation Intro Slide

I’ll be giving a brief presentation will three fellow “sharing” (aka ILL aka resource sharing aka fulfillment) librarians on Sunday morning at ALA Midwinter. After we give our presentations there will be an hour or so of conversations/feedback/discussion. It should be fun!
“…will discuss user expectations for immediate satisfaction and personalized service, and what it means to serve users…. Hear how delivery and fulfillment are becoming central to resource sharing.”
Audrey Huff, Northwest School of Law
Mary Hollerich, National Library of Medicine
Michael Stephens, Dominican
Moderated by Dana Dietz, OCLC

The Libraries and Librarians Group on Flickr:
One Year, 700 Members, 3,500 Images (with both images and members coming from six continents), two tagging projects, one mash-up, 22 discusion threads, oh my!

As we hit a series of nice round numbers for the Libraries and Librarians Group on Flickr, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has participated and made the group the amazing resource and community that it is today.

Along these lines, if any of you are going to be at the Internet Librarian Conference this year there is going to be a presentation on Flickr. It will cover lots of ways libraries can use it as a tool for searching, outreach, marketing, connecting, community building and technical innovation. I’ll be presenting with some other (more impressive I might add:) folks too. Folks from other countries even! Now that is community, baby! :) I’ve been talking about Flickr and libraries quite a lot this past year, all over the country, but this one is near and dear to my heart.

Here is the description of the presentation:
Flickr & Libraries at the Internet Librarian 2006 Conference

If you haven’t checked out Flickr, or this specific Flickr Group please do. Here’ is a link to the Libraries and Librarians Group page.


CHI/YA Technology Speaker

I just got an email asking:

“Are you able to suggest any speakers that specialize in technology for children and young adults?

Ideally, we can prepare ***(insert a state everybody wants to visit***) librarians with a basic introduction to the technology kids and young adults will be using or materials they may be requesting in the next one to five years.”

I’ll also be presenting here, but on other subject matter. If this is your area of expetise and you might be interested drop me a line at mp (at sign)


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