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Irreverent Library Badge Ribbons

Irreverent WLA Ribbons
Attendees at WLA/PNLA last week were treated to a variety of unusual ribbons at the registration desk including: “My Ribbon Is Better Than Than Yours”, “Know It All”, “Politically Correct”, “I READ YOUR EMAIL”, “OCD”, “Been There, Done That” and “Worker Bee” among others. Too funny!

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Presentations at ALA Annual

I’ll be presenting during four session at ALA Annual this year. I’m especially excited to be on the panel discussion about access to digital content with a rep from Google. Can’t WAIT for that one! If you’ll be at Annual this year please come and say hello! :)

“Video Makes the Library Star: Library-Created Visual Media”
Presenter/panel member
ALA Video Round Table Annual Program
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Time: 10:30PM – 12:00PM

http://vrt.ala.org/wiki/index.php?title=VRT_Guide_to_ALA_Annual_Conference_2010#Video_Makes_the_Library_Star:_Library-Created_Visual_Media

“Re-thinking library business model for licensed digital contents under mobile and cloud computing” Panel member
Sunday, June 27, 2010, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Marriott Hotel-Grand BR III
w/ Melissa Blaney, Publications Division Lead Web Analyst, American Chemical Society, Chris Palma, Strategic Partner Development Manager, Google.

Libraries MUST Have A New Electronic Content Access and Distribution Infrastructure (and there is hope)!
LITA BIGWIG Social Software Showcase
Monday, June 28, 2010 from 10:30am to Noon

Battledecks!
“Battledecks represent the ultimate challenge for a public speaker as they are challenged to give a coherent presentation based on hand-selected, seemingly unrelated slides that they see for the very first time live on stage “
ALA Washington Convention Center -103A
Date: Monday, June 28
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

*I’ll also be at ALA Council Meetings and ALA leadership related events/receptions*

I’m hosting a “Library Competency Success Stories” webinar on WebJunction this Tuesday, April 20th 2010 and you can still register and attend up until Tuesday morning. If the topic or slides look interesting, why not attend (it’s free don’t you know)? You’ll be able to check out the archive afterward on WebJunction, but live is always best, no? Here is the registration link.
PS- These slides were pretty fun to work on! :)
PPS-There will be more slides in the actual presentation, but here is a sneak peak (including a party invite and a sneak peak at the new competency white paper):

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Sunday’s CiL PreConference Session

For the “Videocasting Boot Camp” preconference session David Lee King and I are doing Sunday. I think you can still come if you’ll be in D.C.
Intro Slide: Videocasting Preconference

The archive of today’s WebJunction webinar with Jeff Dawson from the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and myself on Marketing Library Services with Images is live now. You can watch the archive here: http://www.webjunction.org/marketing/articles/content/94460985

Here is a shot of Jeff and I meeting for the first time at the PLA Conference in Portland, OR last week. Birds of a feather!
JEFF DAWSON GETS A THUMBS UP

Also from last week’s PLA conference, here is a link to the write up in Library Journal on the Top Tech Trends Panel I was on. The room was packed and the ideas were flowing!
The Audience at the LITA Top Tech Trends Panel

From that article:
Connecting community and content
To start, Porter offered what he hopes will become the librarian’s mantra: “Libraries need a new electronic content access and distribution infrastructure.” He returned to this phrase repeatedly and tied it to his view of the fundamental mission of libraries as community intermediaries providing access to content. He contended that libraries are at serious risk of being marginalized if they cannot compete with flashier and more robust digital content distribution outlets, like the Amazon, Google, Netflix, and others.

He also made veiled mention of founding a project or a foundation to address content access concerns on behalf of libraries, perhaps even via legal or judicial means. Pressed for more detail by audience members, Porter said the process has barely begun and that he had few concrete details to offer. But, he concluded, “if we can…make libraries the hub, we would be more vibrant, relevant, and well funded than we’ve ever been, and able to achieve the things that are at the core of our mission”—namely, connecting patrons to the content they’ve come to expect to be made easily available.”

That last paragraph hints at a much larger project I have been working on and will be talking about here much more in the coming months. It is a substantial, exciting and much needed project designed to help libraries figure out how to thrive in a world filled with electronic content. Want more hints? Check this out.

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Briefly on NPR Tomorrow

NPR Baltimore Public Affairs Program Midday

Slightly unexpected but pretty darn cool: Looks like I’ll be on WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR station, tomorrow for their 1:00 EST midday show. www.wypr.org/midday.html Carla Hayden is the main guest, I think they’ll just bring me in to mix things up a teeny bit. Who knows though. Should be fun! Listen and call in even! Here is a link to the show’s facebook page.

PS-If you want me to give your library a shout out for what is does well to “help libraries survive and thrive in the age if the iPad” please send me a direct message now! michael.libraryman **at sign** gmail.com

**UPDATE** You can listen to the archive of the show here: http://tinyurl.com/ybe9vlg . It seemed to go well and was an interesting, thoughtful discussion by and large.

As you likely know, the Public Library Association conference is just around the corner, and there are two events I wanted to help spread the word for. One you can even attend if you aren’t in Portland at the conference. The other is a party/educational event I have worked a lot on during my day job at WebJunction.

First, from the LITA list serve, here is info on the “Top Tech Trends” panel that you can attend in person in Portland, or virtually, wherever you are, on Thursday, March 25th. *note* If you are attending virtually you have to register, so be sure to do that if you want to see it. It is consistently one of the more popular and interesting sessions and I promise to do my best, to use the parlance of our times, to “bring it”. In fact, I hope to well and truly be able to say, “Oh, it’s done been broughten!” by the time we are finished. lol! Here are details for that session:

LITA is headed to the 2010 PLA National Conference in Portland, OR for a Top Tech Trends panel focused on public libraries. Panelists include David Lee King, Michael Porter, Monique Sendze, and Kate Sheehan. Program participants will come away from Top Tech Trends with a better understanding of the variety of complex technology issues currently facing public libraries.

LITA’s Top Tech Trends session will also be part of PLA’s Virtual Conference, consisting of live programming chosen from the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey. The Virtual Conference will feature panel discussions, author interviews, interactive workshops, and chats with colleagues, all from the comfort of your computer.

*Virtual Conference registration closes March 19* http://www.placonference.org/virtual_conference.cfm
Check out the LITA web site for information on Happy Hour and Exhibit Booth hours at PLA: http://www.lita.org/ala/mgrps/divs/lita/litaevents/pla2010.cfm

The second event I wanted to get the word out about is the “Party with Competencies” event, also on Thursday, March 25th. At this event you’ll be able to learn, chat, snack, imbibe a bit and get a first look at a new competency resource we’ll be unveiling. It will be a lot of fun and good company and you will leave with practical info you can use in your training and instruction work back at the library. So if that is you bag, you should come to this event! Please note that this too is an event you need to register for! As my colleague JD would say, “check it”:

WebJunction’s Party with Competencies
6:30-8:30 pm, Doubletree Hotel Portland, OCLC suite 1455
Please register for this session

Grab a bite and a sip and connect with the people and proven competency resources that can help your library! We’ll have plenty of fun, food, festivities, good company and practical material for you to enjoy and take back to your library to help you and your staff learn and work more effectively.

And just a note, to register for that event, you’ll use the OCLC event page. On that page, there are some sessions worth considering like the “Geek the Library” session, the “2010 Perceptions of Libraries in Changing Economic Times” event, and the “Web-scale Management Services” session (which, while to some seems oddly named, is something library folks should be aware of and informed about, and while I keep my day job separate from much of my other work, I would say regardless of where I was employed). There are others you can go to as well, so if you’ll be at PLA and haven’t gone though though sessions yet, well, “check it:)

One final note, I have some video interviews that I conducted during my recent trip to Scotland to present at the EDGE 2010 conference (which was AMAZING btw). As soon as I can get my computer to work properly (I’m currently at the “kick it three times” stage of troubleshooting;), those will go up. One is even with Martyn Wade, the National Librarian of Scotland. It is so encouraging and motivating to see how our colleagues in libraries around the world care and work hard, all for the same positive reasons! So watch for those videos, coming soon. In the meantime, I scanned in some postcards from a very surprising and effective ad campaign the National Library of Scotland is using right now…and those scans prompted a blog post from the CalPoly Library Services folks. Here’s a link. Enjoy!

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On Speaking in Montreal

Last Friday’s “Web 2.You” event at McGill University was crammed full of interesting speakers and attendees. The sessions were useful and thought provoking, the crowd was smart and engaged, the egg salad at lunch was even magnifique’. ;) On top of that, they even hosted a reception after, where we got to get into some meatier conversations (a perfect follow-up to a heady, info packed, full day of material). They even had a cheese ball, twice the size of your head! Seriously though, all around this was a great event, one I was very honored to be a part of it.

So if you are in Montreal around this time next year try and get your ticket (before they sell out of them again). And to Amanda, Adrienne, Amy, Brianne and the many, many other capable volunteers who made this student run event work so well, kudos to you all, as well as to McGill University for supporting this fine student effort. Very impressive work!

MP @ Web2.You

Finally, here is some commentary from Montreal librarian Lora Baiocco, who attended the event. This is from her “infinite digressions” blog. Thank you, Lora!

“Michael Porter, aka Libraryman, uncensored, live at Thompson House, one day only”…”what are the right tools for us? Do we have them? Are we using them? Who are we trusting to build what we need? What started off as leisurely stroll through the tech park grew into a frantic facing of the facts. Where is the infrastructure to support libraries and, more importantly, library users’ needs (what, when, where they want it) and why are we not real players in the infrastructure game…that so directly impacts access? that so directly impacts service? that so directly determines our relevance? I can put it down here as a few reasonable questions, but the effect in the room was like running in heels while being chased by zombies through that tech park with only a gum wrapper, a salad spinner and dead AA battery for protection. The presentation also reminded me of that distinct Montreal music sound – it starts off soft and then builds and builds to a cacophony. All of a sudden, Arcade Fire’s Régine is screaming over 15 instruments. So in the spirit Arcade Fire let’s ask “Who’s gonna throw the very first stone?” and then, why can’t it be us?”

Best…review…ever. :)

Stats of note for libraries in todays iPad launch slides: Apple stats: “75 million iPhone users”, “iBookstore”, “over 125 million accounts with credit cards”, over 12 billion downloads”…These brief notes say more about what the things Apple is doing to pieces of library business than any hype or buzz ever will.
iPad Full Keybaord On Screen

I’ll be doing a free webinar March 3rd with my pal Jeff Dawson (Director of the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers, Wisconsin). You should come! “Library Images and Video: Engage, Inspire and Tell Your Story” is the title. Here is a registration link with more details.

Session description:
“In this entertaining and heartwarming presentation you will learn how two librarians teamed up to advocate more effectively (and boldly) while staying true to the personality of the communities, the libraries and the staff they serve. You and your library really can market your services and engage more effectively, and images, video and authenticity can be a key! Learn how you too can use images and video creatively and effectively to inspire Libraryland, engage the communities you serve boost staff morale and get more enjoyment from your job. The stories and lessons in this session will be presented by Jeff Dawson from the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers Wisconsin and by Michael Porter from WebJunction.”

I’ve also got a slew of presentations coming up, including two international presentations next month, which are pretty exciting!

Also, I wrote a summary post for WebJunction about ALA Midwinter, (which was an exhausting blast btw). You can find that post here.

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