Michigan Library Association – talks and notes

I gave a talk today at the Michigan Library Association: What Works: More My Library Less MySpace.

It was an all new from-the-ground-up talk about appropriate social technologies with some decent (and local!) examples of libraries that are doing Library 2.0 stuff, especially Twitter. I almost always rewrite my talks somewhat, but using the excuse that I wanted to learn to use Keynote, this time I started from scratch. Unfortunately I don’t have a sleek 150K html page to share with you, but I do have the slides in PDF or flash format. The librarians in Michigan are always excellent to talk to and with, and have a great sense of humor about forever being compared to Ann Arbor District Library in things technological. They liked my John Blyberg joke. I heard that Kevin Yezbick was supposed to be live Twittering my talk but blogocoverage seems to be thin. I have gotten a few Facebook friend requests, Twitter adds, and one really nice MeFiMail (MetaFilter’s in-house mail system) from a member who came to my talk and enjoyed it.

This morning I wandered around downtown Lansing and marvelled at some of the lovely buldings including the downtown library. I’d show you some photos but despite all my blabbing about 2.0 Tech, I left my USB cable at home. I get back to New England tomorrow and will be chatting Scriblio with Casey before heading home to a snowy Vermont and a sock sale. Thanks very much to everyone in Michigan for making me feel so welcome.

9 thoughts on “Michigan Library Association – talks and notes

  1. Your presentation at MLA was definitely the highlight of my day! Thank you so much for coming to visit us in Michigan :) I suppose there might not have a lot of live Twittering/Blogging at any of MLA because internet access was not free and I think it cost something like $10 for one hour of access at the center. It’s too bad…

  2. great looking slideshow. looks like it was a thought-provoking presentation.

  3. The fact that the O RLY? owl (as well as 2.0 RLY?)was in your silde show made my day. There are so many interesting social technologies out there…I am distracted enough by just facebook. I’m impressed that you get things done besides dinking around online. Thanks for the great presentation!

  4. Jessamyn,

    Your presentation at the Michigan Library Association was by far the best presentation I’ve seen in a long while, and should be used as a case study in all LIS programs on connecting with your audience, customizing content for the situation, and bringing knowledge, passion, humor and authenticity into your presentations. The library world (and snowy Vermont) is lucky to have you.

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