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ShanachieTour Returns to Monterey, 1 Year Later

If this scene looks familiar to you, then you were at last year’s IL Tuesday evening session where these Dutchmen did a presentation about their "ShanachieTour," which was a 3-week road trip they took across America in a "campervan" (RV). Exactly 1 year later, they’re back in Monterey (where last year’s tour ended) to talk about that tour and others they’ve done around the world since. Once again, they filmed part of the presentation while they were doing it, which is why you see both the live Erik and the on-screen Erik above.

After showing some opening scenes from the movie they produced about the 07 ShanachieTour, Erik Boekesteijn, Jaap van de Geer, and Geert van den Boogaard settled into their own "welcome to our living room" presentation style. Nevermind that boring podium, they told the hotel’s room set-up staff — their talk took place on a cozy stage with a couch and chair, coffee table, lamps, plants, snacks, and even a refrigerator (used to chill beverages for the guests they brought up on stage to talk with).


The guests they interviewed on stage included Greg Schwartz (Uncontrolled Vocabulary) and Michael Sauers. They also Skyped in far-away colleagues and asked them about the libraries of today and tomorrow. Overall, it was a really innovative and entertaining presentation that kept the huge crowd in their seats until after 9pm.

You can keep an eye on future Shanachie adventures on their Facebook page and their web page. In a few weeks they’ll be touring across Australia, speaking at conferences and stopping at libraries. So stay tuned!

~Kathy Dempsey



Book Signing Bonanza!

Information Today, Inc., the company that runs Internet Librarian, had a number of new books come out just in time for this conference. So at the exhibit hall’s opening reception, there was a long table full of authors waiting to sign their newly published tomes.

Left to right:

Stephanie Gerding (and Madeline!) were signing The Accidental Technology Trainer.

Rachel Singer Gordon was signing What’s the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros.

David Lee King was signing Designing the Digital Experience.

Barbara Galik was signing Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries (which she contributed to) in place of absent editors Lori Bell and Rhonda B. Trueman.

The three Shanachies also signed their hot-off-the-press book/DVD movie combo called ShanachieTour: A Library Road Trip Across America. (L-R: Geert van den Boogaard, Jaap van de Geer, Erik Boekesteijn)

The Shanachies will also be doing the fun evening session tonight, and you can buy their book (and their way-cool T-shirts!) on site.

~Kathy Dempsey


The Exhibit Hall Opens

The Exhibit Hall opened tonight with a reception and high interest in the exhibitors’ offerings.  Here are some scenes from the event.

ITI authors assemble for a book signing.

The Shanachies sign copies of their newly published book, ShanachieTour: A Library Road Trip Across America.

As always, the e-mail stations were popular.


Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and IL 2008 Blog Coordinator