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10 Things I Learned in London at Internet Librarian International

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10 Things I Learned in London at Internet Librarian International

It’s a sweet thing to drink breakfast tea in my room, lounging in my hotel dressing gown, reading the proceedings and planning for the day.

Technology training issues are the same for trainer/librarians everywhere – from issues about retention of material to support for training programs by administrators! Talking with Rob was illuminating and made me realize public librarians in the Netherlands are lucky to have him doing training!

According to Sullivan: personalization and “invisible tabs” may be the wave of the future for search engines…and after hearing Frank Cervone speak, we could say the same for library Web sites! Customization will rule!

FREE WiFi in the meeting rooms and conference areas is the way all library conferences should go!

Brian Kelly gets it! He encouraged folks to message each other with laptops or other devices and discuss our presentations while we were presenting!

Key words: convergence & collaboration! Presenting with Frank cervone and Brian Kelly was a joy! What inceredible fellows! Our panel was rather lively…with Brian playing the skeptic…

Receptions and lunches are the coolest times to chat with people: networking, marketing yourself and your library, exchanging knowledge… and at the reception you get good red wine too!

Even without PPT and notes, I still can mange to say something about technology and its place in libraries.

I’ve said it before, but if you can swing it, if you can afford it, send your librarians to meetings like this! Get them out and get them involved and listening. Time is short – what if the next cool thing comes from a group of librarians and not Google or MS?

No matter where we’re from, we all speak the same language: libraries! In speaking, listening to others, chatting at breaks… it dawned on me: Problems I’ve encountered are the same for folks on the other side of the world. I spoke about surprise technology appearing on reference desks and the nods in the audience meant those folks had encountered it too!

Practicing what I Preach

In my technology training workshop Sunday one of my points was that if you are doing a presentation you have to be ready to roll with any glitches that pop up.

Monday I got to practice what I preach. My CyberClinic was about new technologies in libraries and I created a small PPT to use. I copied it from my Mac to my JumpDrive and was good to go — or so I thought….

In the room…with minutes before the start — an maybe 40 folks waiting — the PPT would not open! It would not open on another laptop as well! My Mac was in my hotel room so I had to go ahead and do it from my own storage drive — my brain!

I had no notes because the PPT was my outline as well…so I did it. I spoke from my head! It went ok!!

Moral: always test your copied presentations when moving them with portable storage drives!!! Test them on the drives!!!

Danny Sullivan’s Keynote on Searching : An ILI Congrunt

Danny Sullivan
Web Search: A Look Ahead

It’s no longer Google Google Google

Consolidation of Search Engines means a strong “search voice” – good for searchers

What will help an engine win the search wars?

Sullivan says it will be personalization and “invisible tabs” may be the way to win.

For example, entering “pictures of cats” in the search box yields pictures of cats in Yahoo and Ask Jeeves. Google offers a small link: “Looking for pictures? Try Images.” Sullivan likened this to the search engine acting as a librarian by interacting with the searcher.

Search shortcuts also create sticky situations. Some folks get in a habit and always go to a certain site for a certain thing: “I always check the weather in Yahoo”

Personalization – like Eurekster – may work as well and may be pointing toward the future of personalized web search. Search memory on sites like A9 or Yahoo keeps track of the searches you’ve done.

Take a look at http://labs.google.com/personalized and http://www.snap.com/index.php

User Interface “Little Things”

Visual Searching (Grokker and Mooter)
Clustering
Yahoo offering RSS

Meeting Another Trainer

I posted the Stonehenge pics this weekend and I got a note from Rob Coers, an Internet trainer I’ve e-mailed with in the past besed in the Netherlands. He had just checked his RSS aggregator and saw my posts and realized I was in England for the conference and he was coming too!

Rob e-mailed me and said he’d look for me at the conference. We met and got to spend some time talking about training public librarians. He worked in a public library and then went out on his own to do training for librarians. How cool!

We went to dinner Monday night and discussed libraries, training librarians, blogs, RSS and the differences in our cultures.

Nice to meet you Rob!