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Keynote: Creating Innovative Libraries

Susan Hildreth, director of the IMLS gave the keynote this morning. Susan started by introducing us to the IMLS and the grants that they offer to libraries and librarians. There were many great ways to get funding for your library and/or your professional education. The one grant program that makes the most sense to share (given the session title and my audience) are the Sparks! Ignition Grants which include small  [ Read More ]

Capturing, Sharing and Acting on Ideas

Adam Shambaugh and Jill Luedke from Temple University gave the next talk I attended. They talked to us about the Capture and Idea project at Temple. Adam introduced us to the term “Fuzzy Front End of Innovation” which means ideas in their infancy. This is the window of time before an idea becomes reality. Some of obstacles during this phase of innovation include: Limited ‘buy in’ Ideas of ill-defined Decisions  [ Read More ]

First up this morning was David Lee King sharing library website tips with us. I’m not working in this field so much anymore (web design) but I still wanted to see what cool tips David had for us all so here I am. David started by blaming Ned Potter, author of The Library Marketing Toolkit ( for this presentation because Ned asked him for some tips for elements every website  [ Read More ]

Coding Potpourri at AALL

This week I was on a panel at AALL (my first time at this conference) that discussed coding in libraries. There were four of us and four languages to discuss. I started with MySQL (and an introduction as the Koha Goddess who helped bring Koha to law libraries). I showed some of the MySQL tables in Koha and explained how they were created and how to query data out of  [ Read More ]

CIL11: Learning from Inspirational Libraries

Marshall Breeding was up this morning talking to us about learning from libraries he’s visited around the world! I don’t see Marshall’s slides online yet, but I hope to find them sometime because he has a ton of awesome pictures in them to share with us all. First up, in 2007 Marshall visited Yonsei University library in Seoul, Korea. Marshall feels that they have done everything they could with technology.  [ Read More ]

CIL11 Keynote: Dancing with Digital Natives

Michelle Manafy was our keynote speaking this morning talking to us about the digital natives – those who have grown up with nearly ubiquitous digital technologies. Michelle started with a series of quotes: By the time they finish college, kids will have spent over 10,000 hours playing videogames, sent and received over 200,000 emails and instant messages and spend more than 10,000 hours talking on cell phones — Mark Prensky  [ Read More ]

CIL11: In Pursuit of Library Elegance

This afternoon’s talk was taking the book ‘In Pursuit of Elegance‘ by Matthew May and how we can implement the theories in the book in libraries. Erica Reynolds started by talking to about a familiar topic – ‘less is more.’ In libraries we seem to always want to add more – more signs, more images, more everything and to be elegant you actually need to do more with less. Erica  [ Read More ]

CIL11: Building Great Websites

First up this morning (for me) Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches-Johnson. Disclaimer 1: That pesky catalog problem – we really don’t have any control over this in most of our systems Disclaimer 2: Like the catalog we don’t really have a lot of control over what all the other systems we subscribe to look like 0% of searchers start their research at library websites (according to perceptions survey). Aaron and  [ Read More ]

WordPress CE at SLA2011

This year at SLA I’ll be teaching librarians how to use WordPress (an open source content management system). If you’re in the Philadelphia area and/or attending SLA this year, consider joining me for “Designing Library Websites with WordPress.” Date: Saturday, 11 June 2011 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Level: Introductory Instructor: Nicole Engard Description: Content management systems are making it easy for libraries to create their own websites with  [ Read More ]

Top Tech Trends at OLA

Today I had the honor of moderating the Top Tech Trends panel at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference. My computer was tied up with slides so I had to take notes the old fashioned way – with a pen and paper. This means I missed a lot since I can type much faster than I can write, but I thought I’d share a few key points from the presentation.  [ Read More ]

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