I attended my first Internet Librarian conference this year (which surprised a lot of people, but I have tended to go to the Computers in Libraries conference). I blogged the whole conference — the sessions I attended — and those notes are listed at the bottom of this post, if you only want to jump to them.
The Monterey, CA location was incredible — it was my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean, and experiencing the climate beside it. That environment didn’t disappoint. I took in the Monterey Bay Aquarium over two days (wow!), walked along Cannery Row each morning and a small beach nearby, and ate some great food (fresh seafood please!). In conference attendance past, I enjoy meeting new people, but these days, being honest, I’m much more apt to reconnect with those I already know from previous conferences. Yep, I’m a full-blown introvert these days. Watching a couple of Royals World Series’ games wasn’t that bad either, especially since the Royals won both!
All that being said, I went to the conference to attend the sessions. I attended several sessions each day, but not all. I blogged for the conference, and one of the things I learned many years attending and presenting at conferences is to pace yourself. You cannot do everything, and if you try to, you end up sick. You end up sick after many conferences, anyway, but especially if you don’t pace yourself (I’ve stopped getting the post-conference flu, thanks to taking Emergen-C each and every day.
What did I learn? I learned about the Empathy Toy, Data Viz, new forthcoming, exciting, and potentially transformative research from Pew Internet on Libraries and the New Education Ecosystem, NISO Privacy Frameworks, SJPL’s Patron Privacy Toolkit, writing for the web, lots and lots of tools to use, search research, OCLC’s new metadata work, and a new forthcoming report on Rural Library Space Usage. The notes I took for these sessions and more can be found linked below.
It was a great conference; I’d love to come back again some year. And, I’m definitely planning to visit Monterey again, sometime!
Many of the sessions I attended had slide decks available online through the conference presentation page. I tried to link to them below, but also check out the conference presentation page in case other presentations get linked to after this post goes live. I also linked to each session description, in case you wanted more information.
- My Notes — DataViz Workshop — Session Resources make sure to check the resources page — lots of links & tools available there
- My Notes — Keynote: Exploring Roles & Directions, Ilana Ben-Ari, Founder, CEO & Lead Designer, Twenty One Toys; Liza Conrad, Head, Community & Partnerships, Hopscotch; Erin Mulcahy, Strategic Initiatives, Global Education Business, littleBits
- My Notes — Search results are the new black, Deirdre Costello, Senior User Experience Researcher, EBSCO Information Services
- My Notes — Working out the Future of Library Resource Discovery, Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides
- My Notes — Data Designed for Discovery, Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, Research, OCLC — Presenter’s Slides
- Resources Discovery: Exposing Collections on Wikipedia, Jake Orlowitz, Head of The Wikipedia Library, Program Capacity and Learning, Wikimedia Foundation — I didn’t attend this one, but the session looked very interesting; Presenter’s Slides
- My Notes — Keynote: Libraries and the New Education Ecosystem, Lee Rainie, Director, Internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Research Center, Author of the book “Networked: The New Social Operating System“
- My Notes — Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries, Peter Morville, President, Semantic Studios — Presenter’s Slides
- My Notes — Writing for the Web, David Lee King, Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Publisher, davidleeking.com; Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries; Elaine Meyer, User Experience Librarian, MCLS (Midwest Collaborative for Library Services) — Presenters’ Slides
- My Notes — Mobile Strategies Best Practices, Tony Medrano, President, Boopsie, Inc.
- Keynote: Trends In Tech & Biz, Jean-Claude Monney, Global KM Lead, Microsoft Services, Microsoft — I did not attend but the presenter’s slides are online
- My Notes — Re-Imagining Small and Rural Library Space, Ken Roberts, Consultant, Ken Roberts Library Consulting Former Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library
- Project Management Thinking, Emily Clasper, System Operations and Training Manager, Suffolk Cooperative Library System — Presenter’s Slides (I wanted to go to this one but it was at the same time as the rural library session)
- My Notes — Tech Tools Infoblitz
- Slides: Mobile Hotspot Lending, Gretchen Rings, Digital Collections Librarian, Oak Park Public Library
- Slides: Online Tools for Collaborative Projects, Emily Clasper, System Operations and Training Manager, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
- Slides: XSLT & XML, Phil Gunderson, ILS Coordinator, San Diego Public Library
- Slides: Library Brain project, Michelle Zaffino, Founder & Chief Digital Librarian, In the Stacks Creators of the Librarian Brain database
- My Notes — Privacy Frameworks & Tools, Kate Roberts, Senior Librarian/ Web Team Manager, San Jose Public Library; Erin Berman, Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, San Jose Public Library; Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO