Sometimes when librarians talk like marketing people, the things they say work. Here’s a nifty little article that coalesces a lot of the smart talk I heard at Internet Librarian. Library 2.0 Movement Sees Benefits in Collaboration with Patrons.
I’ve been chewing over things since I got back from Internet Librarian last week. I’ve been spending the week teaching people the difference between “save” and “save as” and showing librarians how to insert pictures into text documents and the whole simultaneous blogging, and even the giant calculators seems like a distant memory. I do know that it was wonderful to be at a conference with so many smart people and not have to have some of the tired old discussions that I have at some ALA functions where I feel that I have to justify having a laptop or teaching an email class in a library setting. I also felt like a lot of the things people were talking about tended towards making things more usable — more findable, more explicable, more understandable — now that we’re over the love affair with just having gadgets. The trend towards openness, though we have a ways to go as a profession, makes me cautiously optimistic. I welcome this evolution and I’m impressed and honored to get to hobnob with people who are getting to make really Big Decisions in the library world.
That said, I gave my talk as part of the “Jenny and Jessamyn” show and it went well, even though it was short. I like to keep my high tech chops in order and as my Dad says “tell them something they don’t already know.” Unlike almost every other talk I’ve given, by the time I got to the B&B Andrea and I were staying at, there were already
five or six ten blogs that had posted about my speech. It made my toes tingle. I could feel something really great, just around the corner. I came home with ideas and a renewed sense of purpose which I’m pretty sure is what these things are all about. Here are the links to people talking about my talk, go meta yourselves out.
- Andrea from Library Techtonics knows a lot about tagging and what she wrote reflects that
- When Liz Lawley calls your presentation funny and smart you know you are doing something right
- David King made notes from my notes. Based on his website name, I always assumed he was a big hippie, now I’m not so sure
- The Travelin Librarian Michael Sauers is good — better than me — at writing in bullet points
- Jenny blogged while I was talking [I think] Her list of presentations are here, amazing functionality
- The Librarian in Black also wrote up some nice prose-y summaries
- Steve from See Also was a blogger I got to meet at IL05, has a good looking blog with tags right in it. He was IMing with Michael Stephens while I was talking
- Library Web Chic puts my slides into words
- Brief BlogJunction mention
- The Fashionista Librarian has a lot of pix but the page gives me trouble on Safari, you’ve been warned.
Librarians with giant calculators. I was treated very well at Internet Librarian. Their choice of speakers’ gift made many of us very happy.
Here are the notes for the short talk I gave today: Flickr, Tagging and the F-Word. I’ll see if Jenny’s are around, she had a lot more examples and expanded a lot on this one small area I talked about. Talk was well-received, thanks if you were one of the people in attendance.
For anyone who is at Internet Librarian, I’ll be speaking with Jenny Levine today at 2:15 about social software, Flickr and what libraries can do with them.