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CIL 2019

Come to CIL 2019!

Another CIL conference has concluded. It was very successful and explored many topics of significant current interest, some of which have been summarized in this blog. With four or five simultaneous tracks, there were many sessions that I was not able to attend. However, many of the slides from the speaker’s presentations, as well as […]

Elaine Lasda and Richard Hulser

Measuring Research Impact and Maximizing Impact Using Bibliometrics and Altmetrics

Elaine Lasda, Associate Librarian, University at Albany, began with a brief overview of citation metrics and altmetrics. Altmetrics are more useful than traditional citation counts because they recognize research not reported in the traditional literature such as those on social media, and are more timely, reporting data in months, not years. Proprietary (not free) bibliometric […]

Kerry Keegan

The Gen Z Tech Disruption: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Kerry Keegan, Training and Library Solutions Consultant, Atlas Systems, described some of the newest members of our population: the Gen Zs. Here are the generations as they are commonly defined. Keegan polled the audience and found that half of it was made up of Millennials. The oldest Gen Zs are now just entering college. We […]

Laura Soto-Barra and Rebecca Jones

What Our Library Stopped Doing

STOP! Rebecca Jones, Managing Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates, said that we often speak about the new things we are doing in our libraries, but sometimes you have to stop doing things to make way for something new. . We all like to do things in which we are competent, and we don’t like to […]

Jane Dysart and Jeanne Holm

The Thursday Keynote: Digital Transformation and Community Impact

Jeanne Holm, Senior Tech to the Mayor and Deputy CIO, City of Los Angeles, reviewed some of the smart city and information technology developments in Los Angeles. (This is an update of her keynote speech at Internet Librarian 2017.) Information is rampant. Every minute we are subjected to a deluge of it. How do we […]

Caryn Wesner-Early and Laura Hjerpe

Connecting With Clients: Communications Theory and Reference Interviews

Reference interviews have been a central part of librarianship for a long time, so it was appropriate that Caryn Wesner-Early, Search Strategy Expert, ASRC-MS and Laura Hjerpe, CGI Federal, presented a fresh look at them. Their talk covered the various types of reference interviews, why have them, how to do them, and what to do if […]