October 30, 2007

Keynote

Posted in il2007, presentations tagged at 6:57 pm by Robin

This was another entertaining keynote/opening of the conference speech. The CEO of Information Today got up and gave us the stats on the conference – 1600 total attendees from 48 states and 11 countries. This is the largest IL conference yet! He was followed by Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet & American Life project who gave us a breakdown of the ways in which people use technology these days. He finished his talk with a breakdown of the 8 “types” of tech users and gave a link to the quiz
so you can find out what kind of tech user you are. I’m an omnivore – but almost half of our users are in one of the “low-tech” groups – that sort of information makes you think about not only what kinds of services we should offer via technology, but whether to offer many of the services I’m all excited about at all. One snippet that struck me was the very low penetration of podcasting. The percentage of people who consume podcasts are in the low teens (12% or 13% – I don’t remember right off the top of my head), so this is something that – while it would be cool, isn’t really going to make a big difference to our patrons. Second life – while still not really popular at 20%, was used by more people than podcasts! That was surprising.  After the keynote, we split up and started heading to our first official sessions, but it’s time to be social again, so I’ll write those up later!

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