October 31, 2007

Good food and excellent company

Posted in IL, il2007 tagged at 12:33 am by Robin

Tonight I went to eat Greek food with Renee (the librarian from Canada) and Eric (the librarian from Illinois) and Chad (who is from Ohio). We had a lovely evening, but we ended up staying at the restaurant until 10, so I begged off of the karaoke fun and came back to the room to type this stuff up and rest. So, with no further ado, I’m going to type up my notes now!

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!

Better late than never, right?

Posted in il2007 at 6:47 pm by Robin

Well – I did attend sessions yesterday – and have lots of notes from them – I just didn’t ever get a chance to get on my laptop. Our hotel is just far enough away from the conference for it to be somewhat of a time issue to just “pop” back there for computer access and all that. I was going to try to do my updating last night, but I ended up spending quality “unconference” time with all sorts of crazy librarians. I’ve advanced the cause of international diplomacy by sharing some tasty beverages with a librarian from Canada (Vancouver, to be exact) and Champagne, IL. While we were imbibing those tasty beverages, we also dragged Steven Cohen and Stephen Abram into the conversation. I’ve since learned that I really shouldn’t try to outdrink anyone named Stephen – however they spell it…

But, now that I’m online and ready to go, I’ll start posting my notes from my sessions. Though maybe not until later tonight. My new Canadian friend has a car here in Monterey and we’re going to go out and about for dinner tonight – in about 10 or 15 minutes. I’ll post what I can, though!!

October 29, 2007

And the conference starts…

Posted in IL, il2007, schedule tagged at 9:29 am by Robin

I have been a bit sketchy in my comments from the preconferences, simply because they are long and exhausting and contain so much information that I’m not sure what to write for you all. I’ll do better about the shorter ones… I’ll also probably put a full write-up about the AJAX stuff up on my “other” blog (shh – don’t let it know I’m cheating on it!!), because that sort of techy info is just what my readers (Tab and Margaret, mostly…) expect from me!

Today the conference starts! The keynote this morning is titled “2.0 and the Internet World” and it should be interesting! The next sessions are all about incorporating 2.0 tech in your library and encouraging information literacy and managing a web site redesign. All fun stuff! I’ll write more later…

October 28, 2007

Project Management and Gaming

Posted in IL, il2007 tagged at 10:54 pm by Robin

I took it pretty easy this morning, just caught up on some ‘net stuff and wandered – while window shopping and stopping to people watch – down to my only session of the day. That one was on Project Management for Libraries and was interesting in that it gave a “library” slant to basic project management concepts. Our exercise was to start basic planning for a project to expand a Public Computer Center in a fictional library. It was a pretty good session, but the day was beautiful and it was hard to focus… After that session, however, I managed to focus without a problem. I went to the open gaming night and managed to get my butt walloped by Jenny Levine while playing Guitar Hero. Besides that bit of fun, however, I also met a BUNCH of the folks that I know via twitter and found some new folks to follow on my twitter friends list.
Bobbi and I met up again after the gaming night was over and went to the Crown and Anchor Pub for dinner. We just got back from all that and we are both about to drop – and the conference doesn’t technically start until tomorrow!! Fun, fun, fun!!!

October 27, 2007

Saturday and AJAX

Posted in IL tagged at 9:17 pm by Robin

Today was BUSY. We started at the Wild Plum, as Bobbi mentioned in her post, and from there headed to Fisherman’s Wharf. While there, we noticed that the sea lions were particularly thick along a wharf close to Cannery Row, so we headed that way. From that wharf, we could peer over the knee-high stone walls and be within touching distance of the many HUGE sea lions sitting on the rocks against the wharf. It was incredibly cool!! While we were there, we decided to go ahead and walk to Cannery Row. After walking through the area, we stopped at Ghirardelli’s for diet coke and a rest while overlooking the bay. We walked back to the conference hotel after that, and I had a Turkey Jack sandwich for lunch. Then came the first pre-conference session…

The session was led by Karen Coombs (of the http://www.librarywebchic.net/wordpress blog – one I read regularly) and Jason Clark. They did a great job of giving an overview of the technology behind AJAX (a way to use various web technologies to provide data to web pages) and giving tours of library-related applications. AJAX is, essentially, what allows you to edit your photos in Flickr on the display page – without having to move to a different, “editing” page. I got LOTS of ideas, and realized that we use AJAX far more often then I’d realized. Mike is creating a Google Maps page that plots bookmobile stops – this is AJAX. Our desktop info page which pulls weather, the event calendar and the schedules link uses AJAX, as does our reference links page that pulls links out of our del.icio.us account. We are all AJAXed up!! This does not mean, however, that I didn’t get ideas for lots of new ways to use this really cool technique in even better ways on our sites!

After the preconference session, Bobbi and I ate at a nice little seafood restaurant that overlooked the bay at the end of Fisherman’s Wharf, then came back to the hotel where we are now *both* online at the same time. This is a big improvement from yesterday when I could barely get on and she couldn’t at all.

Saturday Morning

Posted in IL tagged at 9:56 am by Robin

We got up at the reasonable time of 7:45am this morning – CST. It was 5:45 local time. We’ll get un-jet-lagged soon. Probably. Monterey is beautiful! Last night at my last cig of the night, I heard the seals. This morning’s first cig had me listening to an owl (then some guy whistling the Sesame Street theme song, but that’s beside the point).  I am definitely not in Missouri any more!! Right now we are eating breakfast at a local organic cafe because they, unlike our hotel, have reliable wireless internet access. Posting may be a bit spotty because of this…

Bobbi and I are hashing out schedules – mine can be found at the IL2007 conference wiki  – I’ll try to keep it updated. This morning, before the conference begins at 1:30, we’re planning to hit the Fisherman’s Wharf area so Bobbi can see the seals that hang out in Monterey Bay.

October 26, 2007

We’re here!!

Posted in IL tagged at 11:48 pm by Robin

Finally – we’ve arrived in Monterey at 8pm local time (10pm CST) and eaten and are getting ready for bed now. Our flight from LA to Monterey was delayed by 2 hours (supposed to leave at 4:10 local time, left at 6:10) and it consisted of a tin can with propellers. When we reached our cruising altitude of 16,000 ft, Bobbi told me I needed to pedal faster to get us to go higher. It was an interesting flight… Since we left Jefferson City at 5:30am (CST) and it is currently 11:48pm (CST), I’m about to drop – Bobbi’s already dropped (metaphorically – she’s just in bed, not yet asleep). The trip was good, but long, and we have arrived and are ready to sleep and get ready for our first sessions tomorrow. There will be more from us then!!

October 23, 2007

Internet Librarian

Posted in IL tagged , , at 8:16 pm by Robin

It’s been so long since we’ve had an “official” conference blog, that I can’t find where we put it. It’s not like the Internet is so big… – anyway, Bobbi and I will be heading off to Internet Librarian on Friday, and we’ll be using this blog to keep everyone informed of what sessions we are attending, vendors we are hounding and activities we are participating in.  Feel free to ask questions in the comments – we can often track down session presenters and get them to elaborate on whatever it is you all want to know.

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