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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

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