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Steven Cohen: Mover & Shaker

I love this:

“Though Cohen has every intention of staying in a corporate environment, he remains an advocate of public libraries. ‘There is nothing in this country, including the right to vote, that transcends the right to walk into any public library, sit down, and read any piece of material in the building.”

I met Steven a year ago at CIL 2003 and we’ve been colleagues and, more impoortantly, friends ever since. I was so happy to see his name amongst this year’s list of Movers & Shakers at LJ.

Rock On Steven!

Preconferences at CIL 2004

One of the posts that got lost when my previous blog software crashed mid-conference was about Tuesday March 9, the day before the conference started when many of my colleagues and I were teaching preconference workshops.

I started the day by swinging by the Cabinet Room and giving my best to Jenny and Steven who were doing their Blogging 101 program.

Then, Scott Brandt and I spent the morning fine-tuning our 5-Star workshop I wrote about here.

Lunch was provided by InfoToday, offering a chance to have some good food and see old friends from previous conferences. A group of students for our afternoon session sat with Scott and I and we chatted before heading into our workshop space.

Fewer, Better Libraries run by Fewer, Better Librarians.

Barbara Quint’s wit and writing send me everytime! I was so happy to be on the panel with her at IL (even though she was just on a speaker phone, she captured the room with her words!)

Read this:

http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/feb04/voice.shtml

Looking forward, Quint theorizes that digital libraries (huge digital libraries..) will allow 24/7 access to huge amounts opf easily published materials. How do librarians fit in? “The trick for the future of the profession,” she writes, ” lies in finding new tasks that need doing, new ways to do them, and ways to convince clients everywhere that they need us.”

IM the Librarian

http://www.lib.unc.edu/house/im_a_librarian.html

I love this! (And I was quoted at CIL giving my opinion on Virtual Reference software so this just supports my idea that IM ref could work!) Why not get on a standard system that is deeply ingrained in our techno-culture instead of making our users wade through java-enabled Web pages and chat environements that sometimes do not work the way they should? Give em something they already know. How do we best serve our users? (the PEOPLE part)

MSG:Your hold items are in at the Library

Aaron discovers and moblogs a very cool thing:

http://www.thebizz.org/archives/001233.html and ponders “I wonder how many years it’ll be until libraries are offering text notifications to patrons. PC to phone messages are cheap or free…staff training would be the only issue, and probably not that big of one.”

Sounds good to me. Steven Abrams words at CIL keep coming back to me in various ways: are the young adults who are texting now going to want to get a e-mail from their librarians?

Organizations & Tech Training

Sharing the slot with Bob and I was Angela Ballard, Information Technology Training Librarian at NCSU.

Her talk was titled “Ahead of the Curve: Insuring Success of a Technology Training Program for Library Staff” and it really hit home some very important points.

To insure a successful Technology/IT Training program:

The library must take responsibility and devote time and resources
The library must provide a training reesponse to every library-wide technology implementation
The library must provide tools for on the job tech training
The library must distribute training responsibilities.

They do about 50 classes a year at NCSU.

AND adminstrators must do this:

Believe in organizational impact of a programmatic approach to training
Budget for technology training
Support continuing education for trainer(s)
Understand the nature of training work
Project-oriented approach to technology implementation
(From her PowerPoint at http://www.infotoday.com/cil2004/presentations/Ballard.pps)

Right ON! I may be preaching to the choir here but there can never be enough PLANNING for tech implementation in the library – especially where some training should occur. From rolling out new Zip drives at all locations on public stations (OMG, what is that thing??) to launching a new OS upgrade system-wide, it behooves those of us in project managemnt to make sure staff are informed. It’s simple communication!

Thanks Angela! It was great to present with you.

User Centered Instruction

Scott Brandt and I did our pre-conference workshop Tuesday afternoon. “Make Learning Stick: Creating 5 Star User Centered Training & Instruction”featured a DVD presentation about Bob, a harried trainer faced with training his entire staff on Web mail. We outlined 5 factors to insure training is user-focused and successful everytime!

We had 23 participants and a lot of fun. It was an afternoon session and I must confess by 3pm were were all a little bleary eyed but Scott provided chocolate and we sailed through the rest of the session. Thanks to all who participated!

Here are the workshop leaders hamming it up:

Top Tech Trends @ CIL Friday Keynote Session

One of my favorite parts of this conference: lisdtening to some forward-thinking speakers outline what the future may hold for library services…

What follows is an annotated congrunt…

Roy Tennant
Theme: Digital Libraries

XML — Standards must improve
Harvesting data
University faculty are realizing the crisis with scholarly communication

Also: Storage!“As somone who has recently landscaped his house, I can officially say that storage is cheaper than dirt.” – Roy Tennant (Quote from theshiftedlibrarian.com) (I roared!)

Mary Kennedy
Theme: Getting Personal ?It?s all about me!?

The personal experience is the most important!
Space is a community space (That?s what I?m sayin? – MS)

Instant Messenger ? incredible growth in organizations
IM in Libraries:
? Immediate access to knowledge
? Builds a trusted network of expertise
? In a meeting?immediate access to ask a question

IM for Online reference
? Training at point of need
? Information delivery at point of need
? Increase credibility & trust

Organization must accept this method of communication
What level of service do you provide
Does the audience understand what it can be used for?

(Can SJCPL use the power of IMs for quick “need to know” data etc?)

Personal portals:
SmartStreet (nice)
My Site
SharePoint

Customize their access
Power of a personal portal

Content Integration:
Just in time content
Ability to delivery just in time info in the context of workflow
Smart Tags in Word

Stephen Abram
Theme: It?s PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE – not technology!

(Abrams always rocks my world with his insight and humor. He gets it!)

Workflow integration
IM is the future not ?letters? via email
5% of people over 30 have an IM account
DB info linked via Smart Tags in MS Office docs
Federated search..not having to know where to search anymore

Massive Archives
We will store everything, our IMs etc

Nomadic Use with multiple devices (wifi equipped PDA anyone?) (How are we serving our users who come in via WAP?)

Delivering content at lesson level
Visual Displays ? we are graphical now, visual not text
Personality and searching

It?s an information ocean not a highway!

Federated Searching Session: Federated Searching & OpenURL

Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian, Northwestern University

Our users don?t know what DB the results came from, journal title is important?they just want the info.

What can you link to:
OPAC
DBs

What is federated searching?
?Squishy at this point?

Metasearch: searches that use metadata to make decisions
Megasearch: Dogpile, AlltheWeb, etc.

Can be combined into a superset of federated searching

Why is this so complicated? Not all protocols are supported by vendors: Z39.50

Tips for implementation:

Select software
Select hardware
Gather provider info
Gather holdings info
Input the two (lightweight cataloging of the resources)
Configure the connection information