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Games, Gadgets & Evolving in New Directions at Computers in Libraries 2013

Kick off your trip to Computers in Libraries with a visit to our Sunday evening welcome & networking event between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tablet WorkJoin our gamers and gadget lovers for an evening of fun, playing, and learning. See how you can transform your thinking, your programs, and your spaces with the latest games, gadgets, and programs.

Hosted by Internet Librarian 2012 sensations Brian Pichman and David Hesse, Teen Librarians along with Justin Hoenke, Portland Public Library.

Come try laser tag, bring your gadgets to share, and enjoy the networking, learning, but most of all the laughing! Refreshments included.

Internet Librarian After Dark

At Internet Librarian 2011 we will have two evening sessions – the traditional Gaming & Gadgets Petting Zoo on Sunday evening  and The Great Web Tools Face-Off on Tuesday night.

On Sunday night we will be gathering in one of the conference center ballrooms for refreshments and a chance to play with and explore gaming systems and new gadgets and gear. This special session is led by gamer/gadget gurus Aaron Schmidt, Amy Buckland (@jambina), Royce Kitts (@roycekitts), Erik Boekesteijn (@erikboekesteijn), and Jaap Van de Geer. Com join our gamers and gadget lovers for an evening of fun and playing. Bring your latest games and gadgets and try out each other’s. Discover if you are a secret guitar hero, winning Wii bowler, or rank as a dancing DDR expert.

On Tuesday night we have The Great Web Tools Face-Off from 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

There are tools, tools, tools, but this event features learn, learn, learn while having fun! Our panel has ideas, but be sure to bring yours too! If we want to improve collaborative work, productivity, data representation, and research, what are the best Web tools to use?

The Game Plan!

Three periods of play jam-packed with ideas, tips and tricks — and even penalties and power plays! Team 1 (Blue Jerseys) takes on Team 2 (Red Jerseys) with captains and players while referees keep the pace going, and there is additional color commentary and expert analysis between periods. The game will be fast-paced, so be ready to tweet your cheers.

Unwind BEFORE the Conference

If you are getting into town early for Pre-Conference workshops or just arriving on Sunday be sure to come by the Hilton for the annual Gaming & Gadgets Petting Zoo that will run from 5:30pm until 7:30pm on Sunday evening. Get hands on experience with new gadgets and play games, both analog and digital, with other attendees.

Bring your own gadgets to share and if you are looking to play with a specific gadget that you have not yet seen in person, be sure to ask on the Computers in Libraries Facebook page and maybe someone will bring it.

Gaming & Gadgets Petting Zoo 2010

About Two Hours ’til Gadget Time!

What: Gaming & Gadgets Petting Zoo
Where: The Presidents’ Quarters on the third Floor
When:
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

In about two hours the Gaming & Gadgets Petting Zoo will begin upstairs on the third floor.  A longtime favorite, this evening session is open to all attendees and provides an evening of fun and playing meeting your fellow attendees before getting down to the serious learning that will come Monday morning.

Bring your latest games and gadgets and try out each others. See if you are a guitar hero, winning Wii bowler/golfer, or rank as a dancing DDR expert. Led by gamer/gadget gurus Amy Buckland, McGill University & winner of the Internet Librarian 2009 Battledecks Competition, and Royce Kitts, Director, Tonganoxie KS Public Library, this evening is filled with fun, networking, and of course, learning and laughing. Refreshments included.

Photos on Flickr from prior Petting Zoos are shown below:

Internet Librarian 2009, Oct 26-8, Monterey CA

il2009Hundreds of librarians, info pros, and ‘net savvy specialists will soon be heading to Monterey for the 13th annual Internet Librarian conference.  The buzz has already begun with our twitter stream (the tag is #IL2009), the new conference wiki, and several wonderful videos.  Last year Sean Robinson started filming in his IL2008 session and produced this video.  Recently the Shanachies produced this video. AND, speakers David Lee King and Michael Porter will be unveiling a new video at the conference next month.  Exciting.

The conference program this year features lots of familiar favorites as well as new exciting features:

New LibraryCamp Monterey at the Monterey Public Library, Saturday Oct 24th, 9:30-12:30.

Saturday & Sunday Workshops:  The popular Searchers Academy  and Web Managers Academy — full day content-refreshed workshops along with new workshops on how to understand client’s preferences and behaviors through focus groups, screencasting, getting the most for your library with Twitter or Storytelling (yes those are two different workshops), practical cloud computing, and more.

Popular Sunday evening networking at the  Gaming & Gadgets Petting Zoo with lots of gamers and gadget lovers sharing, playing, learning and having fun!  Join hosts Aaron Schmidt, Jenny Levine & Erik Boekesteijn and network with old friends and new acquaintances.

Terrific sessions around themes: Information discovery & search, Social media & leveraging Web 2.0, Learning, Digital library practices, Web presence & experience, Mobile trends & practices, Digital services, Tough times tactics & tools, Content management, Cultivating innovation & change, Digital culture.  Our experienced speakers share so much practical information that you will be able to apply in your environment as soon as you return from the conference.

Fun Tuesday evening event — Rockin’ Battle Decks: Dealing with Digital Now & Beyond.  Enjoy presentations by experienced speakers who have never seen the slide deck they are speaking about until they take the platform.  Hear some terrific music, including the famous “23 Things” song from Richard Geiger & Tim De Wolf.  Listen to the judges response to the Battle Decks’ presenters and find out who they think is the top performer.

Networking informal dine-arounds with colleagues.

Cybertours in the exhibit hall where many library suppliers happily share their products and services.

Wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay, and the unique flora, fauna, animals and birds as well as walking trails, outdoor activities (kayaking, whale watching), and retail therapy!

Hope to see you there.

Jane Dysart, Internet Librarian 2009 Conference Chair