Category Archives: Internet Librarian 2005

ATTENTION Public Librarians

Start making travel plans! California in October!

Here’s the blurb for an ALL DAY TRACK at Internet Librarian in Monterey, CA in October. For more info:

(Note: this line up could change!)

Top Tech Trends for Public Libraries (PLs)

This track explores what top technology trends some public librarians are using to reach their user and explores how medium and small PLs can successfully implement some of those new technologies. With an eye toward cost, staffing and the ROI, these sessions offer useful tips, take-home examples, and loads of practical experience. Michael Stephens, Moderator, SJCPL, & Tame the Web.

10.15-11 Web Trends & Innovations
Glenn Peterson, Hennepin Co. PL
Sarah Houghton, Marin Co. PL
David King, Kansas City PL
A lively opening to our day! Meet the experts for a discussion of the state of public library Web sites, including what smaller public library Web sites are focusing on in terms of content, tips for effective Web presence and maintenance, bold design and new technology, and what cutting-edge public library Web sites are doing and plan to do in the next year, including integrated subject guides and a team approach.

Digital Content
Ken Weil & Joe Latini, South Huntington PL, Long Island, NY
Meet librarians who have implemented a successful audio books program in their libraries detailing many valuable lessons about choosing the right vendor, configuring the Web site, promoting, and eventually surveying users. And don?t miss the librarians from the first public library to circulate iPod Shuffles!

Lunch Break
12:00 p.m. ? 1:15 p.m.

People and Technology
David King, Kansas City PL
Michael Stephens, SJCPL
How do we manage technology, people, and ourselves in the public library environment where change is constant. King discusses how to hire and keep tech-savvy staff and Stephens presents ways promote staff buy-in when planning and implementing technology.

Social Software & Sites for PLs
Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian
Jessamyn West,
Learn what public libraries can do with social software and sites. Images! Bookmarks! Tags! Presented by two notable blogging librarians, this session offers tips and tricks to use in your library for marketing, outreach, and presence!

Hardware Solutions
Aaron Schmidt, Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Bernadine Goldman, Los Alamos County Public Library
Schmidt outlines the best practices for configuring the public computer. From reasons not to ?dumb them down? to spyware solutions, these hints and tips offer useful insights for participants? public libraries! Goldman outlines how to take control of public library computing stations with step-by-step instructions and tips for planning.

Future Tech Trends for PLs
Sarah Houghton, Marin Co PL
Joe Latini, SHPL & Ken Weil, SHPL
Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian
Aaron Schmidt, TFML

Shifting Worlds Call for Speakers

Please note I am still looking for proposals for the Public Libraries and Technology Track at IL 2005!

Internet Librarian 2005: Shifting Worlds
Monterey, CA October 24-6, 2005?? ***note the new dates!

Call for Speakers
It has been 10 years since the last major technological sea change when the Web rocked our world.? Not just the information world, but also those worlds at the very roots of our lives? the places and spaces where we work, learn and play.? All indications point to very dramatic and dynamic changes in the coming year.? Consider the recent announcements by Google that emphasize the new players in the information world.? It is more important than ever for information professionals to keep close tabs on the shifting worlds around us: the information landscape with its key and new players, new platforms and technologies, as well as new applications and strategies.?

Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for over twenty years, is pleased to announce the 9th annual Internet Librarian? the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators and developers, taxonomists, searchers, community builders, information providers, trainers, guides, and more. This comprehensive conference and exhibition offers a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers, content managers and information specialists.

Internet Librarian 2005 caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with four simultaneous tracks plus many workshop and networking opportunities. This year?s tracks encompass such topics as: Information Discovery & Search, Leading Edge Technologies, Managing Knowledge Assets, Web Tools, Intranets & Portals, eLearning & Training, Case Studies of Internet and Intranet Librarians, Web Development & Management, e-Resources & Digital Libraries, Blogging & Knowledge Exchange, Distance Learning & Instruction, Streaming Multimedia, Search Engines, Content Management and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, new tools and techniques, case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sending us a proposal to speak.

If you would like to participate in Internet Librarian 2005 as a speaker or workshop leader, please complete the submission form at:>
or contact the Program Chair at the email address listed below as soon as possible (March 15, 2005 at the very latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate to the topic, and full contact information (title, address, e-mail, phone & fax). All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made in the summer.

Jane I. Dysart, Program Chair
Dysart & Jones Associates
phone: 416/484-6129

To receive the registration and program brochure in the fall, or exhibit information please contact:
Information Today Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
phone: 609/654-6266
fax: 609/654-4309
Web site:

Call for Speakers: Implementing Top Tech Trends for Public Libraries

I am organizing a track for Internet Librarian 2005, October 24-26, dedicated to implementing some of the top technology trends in public libraries. My emphasis: practical applications and useful ideas that attendees can take home and USE in their small or medium-sized public libraries (or boost what some of the BIG libraries are doing).

Are you a public librarian and implementing RFID? WiFi? A PL Blog with RSS? A Tech Training program that ROCKS? Let me know — Comment here!

Shoot me an e-mail (mstephens7 (at) or comment here and we’ll talk. The Submissions page is here.

FEEL FREE as well to use the comments on the post to weigh in on what you’d like to see during a fun filled day at Internet Librarian devoted to public library folk!

Stuff to be included for sure for your perusal and thoughts: technology training in PLs (staff and public), wrangling new tech such as RFID, Blogs, RSS, dealing with IT staff, Web site improvements and collaboartion amongst public librarians. There are more to ponder: help make this session what you want it to be!