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Screencasts of Intranet Presentation

At CIL I promised that I’d create a screencast for those who couldn’t see the screen – and those who weren’t there at all. I have just created my first 3 screencasts!! There is no sound and nothing fancy, but you can at least see what I did in my presentation. This is my first attempt at something like this – so be nice On my server: Project Blogs Wiki  [ Read More ]

Bittersweet CIL Summary

Helene Blowers has a great post summing up what she learned at CIL – and it’s not pretty. My CIL experience this year was bittersweet and I find myself personally leaving with a lot more unanswered questions and frustrations than new ideas and inspirations. … This type of frustration I heard echoed in almost every conversation (but thankfully not all) I had over the past three days. And given that  [ Read More ]

Future of the Catalog

Tennant and Spalding on the Future of the Catalog Originally uploaded by madinkbeard. Tim Spalding of LibraryThing started out with his talk entitled “The Fun OPAC”. Tim quotes Casey Bisson who said that the OPAC was broken in three ways: usability, findability and remixability. Tim argues that that is not enough – he also thinks it’s missing funability. He gave us an example from Big (the movie) where Tom Hanks  [ Read More ]

Blogging a Conference

Over at The Compass there is a post about blogging a conference: I found that knowing my notes/blog would be publicly accessible motivated me and helped me focus more critically than if I had been a passive listener, recording notes privately on a notepad. This prompts another hypothesis. Blogging was promoted as a teaching tool at CIL. Could blogging become an effective educational assessment tool (i.e. requiring students to blog  [ Read More ]


Rob Cagna from University of Pennsylvania came to talk to us about PennTags. The last time I saw this it was a bit rough – it has grown up a lot since it’s birth!! PennTags is like for members of the Penn community. They can save pages from anywhere on the web, from the catalog and from campus resources to PennTags and share it with the world. They can  [ Read More ]

David Lee King gave an amazing talk on handling change within our libraries. He started by asking a few questions and reading a few quotes. The first question was how many of us have had a hard time changing things in our libraries – lots of hands were raised. Then what kinds of change are hard – tech or other? Both! How many of us had to change ourselves while  [ Read More ]

Core Competencies & Learning 2.0

Before even starting her talk, Helene Blowers posted her presentation information on her blog – check it out here. Helene walked about the room using her new presentation remote (the same one I have) and talked to us about core competencies and learning 2.0 at her library. She told us a story of librarians in her library who would put an out of order sign on the printers if they  [ Read More ]

The new information design

I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ve talked about others who have said it – but this topic bears repeating – over and over until it’s stuck in everyone’s head!! The way we design web pages needs to change – it’s changing all around us and it’s time to learn from others and use those new rules on our library sites. Today I got to see a test version  [ Read More ]

You’ve probably heard about…

I realized at this conference that as a blogger I, and other blogger/presenters, assume that people have the same knowledge as us. I frequently heard blogger/presenters say “you’ve probably heard about …” or “you’ve seen the …. video already”, but the fact of the matter is that we’re really still a small minority. I make the same mistakes – I always assume that those around me have heard of specific  [ Read More ]

Sketch of Me!!

How cool is this? Derik Badman is sketching the CIL conference and he did one of me!! Nicole Engard before her presentation Originally uploaded by madinkbeard. Technorati Tags: cil2007, cil07

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