Category Archives: Internet Librarian International

The Blogger’s Toolkit Workshop at ILI2005

Blogger's Toolkit Workshop

Sunday morning I spent three hours with a neat group of librarians from all over the world discussing how to successfully implement weblogs into the library setting. We had a lively discussion and the group came up with some brilliant ideas. Many of them already had some blog experience as well as a few were working with wikis!

URLs Visited Handout

Blog Bibliography

Sample Style Guide from SJCPL

Evaluating LIS weblogs & a worksheet to use when evaluating other library blogs.

A brief PPT file of blog features used as a handout (With special thanks to Darlene Fichter for this one, which is in the workshop we are giving at IL Monterey)

Twenty Technology Training Tips

Two Technology Trainers

Rob Coers and I met for the first time last year at ILI 2004. What amazed me is how similar our training back grounds are: training public librarians for many years, etc. From that meeting, we began chatting and decided to propose a session on technology training for 2005 and presented “Twenty Technology Training Tips for Trainers” yesterday. I was excited about the idea of two trainers from different parts of the world coming together to share experiences and insights.

What an incredible session it was! With most planning and discussion carried out via IM and other tools, we had not spent too much time practicing together. But I believe our audience was engaged, enriched and will use some of the tips to create dynamic sessions.

The presentation is downloadable here!

A Hoosier Librarian in the United Kingdom

Returning to Britain
Greetings! I’ll be off to England tomorrow. Internet librarian International begins Sunday October 9th with workshops and then the conference takes place over Monday and Tuesday. We’ll be in residence at the Millennium Copthorne Tara Hotel. I am looking forward to a few things:

Presenting with Aaron and Brian Kelly on Digital Tools

Presenting with my chum Rob from the Netherlands on Tech Training

Rubbing some international librarians’ elbows at various lunches, dinners and meet-and-greets. Note that there will be “Dine Arounds” and Aaron and I are hosting a “Technology in Libraries” Thai dinner on Monday. Sign Up here.

Then, dear readers, I am officially unplugging for 5 days to enjoy England!

I’ll blog some from the conference and will post some flickr shots using the tag ILI2005.

Workshop at Internet Librarian International

Sunday, October 9, 2005

Workshop 2 – The Blogger’s Toolkit
10:00 – 13:00
Michael Stephens, Special Projects Librarian, St. Joseph County
Public Library (USA)

Learn what libraries and librarians can do with weblogs and explore the potential for using this exciting new communications tool for reaching patrons and clients and collaborating inside your organisation. Workshop attendees will examine library blog taxonomy, learn how to implement blogs in organisations and how to decide which software to choose for a blog. The fast-paced workshop will cover practical training tips and the ethics of blogging, as well as RSS, podcasts and photoblogging. If you are just getting started, or already have a blog and want to know more, this is your chance to get
practical, in-depth information from an experienced librarian blogger.

London Calling


In just a few weeks, I head to Internet Librarian International in London! Transcending Boundaries: Information Technologies & Strategies for the 21st Century is shaping up to be chock full of useful sessions! Aaron and I will be speaking about Digital Tools, Rob Coers and I will speak about Technology Training and Aaron is doing a HOT gadget talk!

Here’s some updated info from the organisers:

Internet Librarian International 2005
Transcending Boundaries: Information Technologies & Strategies for the 21st Century
10-11 October 2005 ? Copthorne Tara Hotel, London
The countdown is on for this year’s Internet Librarian International. Only 5 weeks remaining to arrange your visit.

If you are facing technology challenges and looking for practical solutions, plan now to attend Internet Librarian International on 10-11 October in London.

This year?s conference programme showcases innovative information environments and ideas that will help you update your skills and energise your thinking about how to find, organise, and manage information resources. Create a personalised conference agenda by choosing among sessions, tracks, and topics including:

* Blogs, Wikis and Collaboration Tools
* E-Learning and Training
* Information Organisation and Discovery
* Global Best Practices
* Digital Libraries & Resources
* Exploring Web Research Skills and Resources
* Innovative Information Environments
* Technology for Libraries
* Information Literacy
* National Digital Projects and Initiatives
* Practical Technology Tips and Tools
* Managing Corporate Libraries

This year?s Sponsor Showcase is already full!
Internet Librarian International?s Sponsor Showcase provides attendees with ample opportunity to review and evaluate products and services from some of the information industry?s most influential producers. See the full range of Sponsors here. Visit them at Internet Librarian International and add value to your London trip.

Join your international colleagues
Don’t miss the best chance this year to bring yourself up-to-date on new trends, technologies, and skills ? plus a chance to learn from, and interact with, colleagues with similar interests during conference lunches and special networking dinners.