conferences

conferences

ALA Conference Recap

ALA Conference Recap

The American Library Association’s annual conference was held in Washington, D.C. last weekend.  26,000 librarians from all over the country converged to discuss the pressing issues of libraries and information access.  This was the first time I had attended, and I was amazed at the scale and breadth of opportunities and challenges facing librarians today. There were numerous breakout sessions, panel discussions, and presentations there, including poster sessions.  In fact, out of 120 poster sessions offered at the conference, IU East was privileged to offer three of them.  I got to present the library’s action figure tour (on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IENKivi3pEg).  About a hundred people came by to look at the dolls and hear how and why we made it.  … Continued
A Collegial Meeting

A Collegial Meeting

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) annual conference in Indianapolis to present at the poster session.  There were many interesting exhibits there, on a number of hot topics in the library world. Ball State showcased a presentation on their evolving web interface.  Purdue University featured the results of embedding liaison librarians in their departments for regular office hours each week.  Notre Dame charted usage statistics from their experiments with mobile reference using an iPhone.  I gave a presentation on IU East’s action figure tour, online at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IENKivi3pEg There were more besides.  It struck me, as I interacted with attendees, how important collegiality and sharing are for librarians.  We can read articles … Continued