What’s Happening in IL Space

This reception was at the Monterey Public Library on Sunday evening, there were a several speakers and a wine and cheese reception afterwards. I know, I know, how could I have forgotten to write about this yesterday? :) The Library was open with a lot of natural light and some great book displays, the staff was friendly and helpful to all of the strangers convening in their space. There was a LOT of information presented in a very short time so forgive the briefness of my notes. It was a great teaser for the rest of the week. Jeremy Kemp from San Jose State University School of Library & Read more [...]

Games, Gaming and Libraries

My Sunday morning pre-conference workshop was presented by Aaron Schmidt and Jenny Levine. Jenny presented first, reminding us the wide scoop that "gaming" covers - board games, computer games, online computer games such as scrabble, cell phone games, pda game etc. The stereotype that gamers are 13 year old boys sitting in their basements alone, is wrong. Sure there are 13 year old boys sitting in their basements but the average online gamer is a woman over 40. Aaron followed up with some great information about how to hold your own gaming programs. Dance, Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero are Read more [...]

Training Adults: Getting and Keeping Attention

Sunday morning I attended a pre-conference workshop on training adults. I was a little disappointed in the content. It was aimed towards people who have never done any training and geared towards all day workshops. Since I work at a public library almost all of the training for both the staff and the public is an hour long maybe two. So a lot of the tips and techniques will be hard to apply. My impression from the other people who spoke up is they will have the same problems. Some of the good things I did get and will be using Guidelines - no matter how short my training sessions are I can take Read more [...]

Give people your name

The Internet Librarian Wiki had a link to conference tips from Stephen Abram, I think these are great and read them several times before I left. I was pleased to see that he says if you aren't getting what you expected or needed from a presentation, leave, your time is valuable. I've been doing this for years and feel slightly guilty about it sometimes, but if Stephen Abram says it's ok, well then... :) I have one tip to add - Give people the gift of your name. It's easy, wear your name tag clipped to your collar rather than on a lanyard. That way it's close to your face and easy to glance while Read more [...]

Social Tools for Your Library

Today I attended one of the pre-conference workshops Social Tools for Your Library by Aaron Schmidt. He covered a lot of tools many of which I'm already familiar with and we're already using or have plans in the works to use (Myspace, Flickr, Youtube, RSS Feedreaders, Blogs). Either way it's always good to review old topics and see them in a new light, become rejuvenated about them, and see how others are using them, plus some things we're not using. There was plenty of food for thought and I walked away with 4 pages of notes. Some things that really stood out (these are a combination of his points Read more [...]

Live from the Wild Plum!

I'm blogging live from the Wild Plum this morning because even though the hotel has WiFi it does not actually work. Luckily it's right across the street. Yesterday was a very long day (traveled for 17 hours), but if our plane had not been delayed in LAX we would not have seen the amazing sunset as we flew to Monterey, it lasted the entire flight and was truly stunning. This is my first time attending Internet Librarian and I'm thrilled to be here. Monterey is beautiful and there are some great sessions scheduled.   I’ve put up my schedule and I’ll try to blog everyday about the sessions Read more [...]

MLA Presentation

Yesterday I drove 6 hours round trip to give a presentation (Learning Web 2.0 - Technologies and Beyond) with Robin at the Missouri Library Association Conference. This is the second time we've given this presentation, the first one was a Telepresention through MOREnet. I have to say we rocked the house at MLA! We were both spot on with our presentation (we alternate back and forth throughout), the audience was receptive and interested, and we got a lot of great questions at the end. One person even asked if we were interested in taking our show on the road, we said sure! So we might be presenting Read more [...]