Category Archives: Conferences & Presentations

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!

Conference Report: Workshop

I taught the half day workshop that Scott Brandt and I developed on Sunday morning for a small but most cool group of folks from Finland, South Africa, Japan and Greece!

We focused on 5 steps to make sure technology training works. The best part was the interaction with the group — from questions to “this is how I do it” tales from particpants.

Greetings from Stonehenge!

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We arrived at 11am Thursday morning after a most pleasnat trip over the Atlantic… why? because we upgraded to Business Class and could actually stretch out! Nice!

Friday was spent touring the Salisbury plain and Stonhenge…which was one of the places on my list of notable sites to see in my lifetime!

Now it’s Saturday night– today we visited the British Museum. I just saw some cool InfoToday folks in the lobby so things are about to start. I’m at Starbucks, connected to T-Mobile for a bit…

Here’s the Stonehenge Gallery!