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Surfin’ Monterey

Surfin' MontereyHold on to your seat because we’ll be “Surfin’ Monterey” at Internet Librarian this year.

Make sure you know the words to this year’s theme song and don’t even think we won’t ask you to sing it!

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Creating Innovative Libraries with Jeffrey Phillips

Creating Innovative Libraries!

The 27th annual Computers in Libraries is focusing on Creating Innovative Libraries.

Author Jeffrey Phillips opened the conference with a keynote talk about relentless innovation and the need to change from BAU (business as usual) to” innovation business as usual”.  

He illustrated how we have been focusing on quality, efficiency, core competencies and being lean for the last 30 years and although those  are all good things, they have not been balanced with innovation as they were in the 1970′s.  To accomplish innovation business as usual with more emphasis on innovation in organizations he discussed the need for: communication & commitment (demonstrating with words and actions), compensation (if you want people to be innovative you have to reward them for doing so), and culture (creating attitudes, perspectives, and ways of working that sees innovation as important).  In addition, new skill sets have to be learned (focusing on customer needs, trend watching, managing innovation).

He left the audience with his Fab Four imperatives:  create clear innovation goals (& strategies) — he used P&G as an example; begin to define & sustain a process with language, methodologies, culture (understand how it works); rebalance with tools & skills; rework culture, incentives, rewards.  If you want more, check out his book, Relentless Innovation, and his blog.

Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer caught up with Jeffrey following his talk and did this terrific interview – innovate or die!

 Jane Dysart, Program Director, Computers in Libraries 2012

JSB Rocks in Monterey

Opening tkeynote, John Seely Brown immediately started the buzz at the 15th Internet Librarian, Internet @ Schools, and the new Library Directors Digital Strategy Summit.

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown

The ballroom was filled; the audience’s rapt attention struggling to keep up with the fantastic content and ideas of the low key but dynamic JSB. The #IL2011 Twitter streamwent crazy with sound bites and praise.

Such comments as: “very thoughtful and thought-provoking speaker”, “nothing short of brilliant” “loving the keynote — mindbending”. If you weren’t in the audience or didn’t catch the live stream, you can check out the archive. Slides from his talk along with the sketches his wife did will be available on his speaker page shortly.

JSB went on the have a stimulating discussion with library directors, deans, university librarians, chief librarians and CEOs at the Digital Strategy Summit — we’ll have more on that soon too!

Jane Dysart, Conference Chair
Internet Librarian 2011

The Power of Twitter!

A conference program planners dream!

Yesterday one of today’s CIO keynote panel had to drop out of the Internet Librarian 2010 program. Many conference programmers would run screaming to the bar, but this calm program developer went to Twitter via @jdysart and announced that she had lost a speaker and were there any public library CIOs out there who might be willing to fill in.

I got an answer from a first time attendee at Internet Librarian, Jim Peterson, who said he was a Technology Coordinator (not a CIO, and the only member of the IT staff) for a public library in Franklin, KY. He agreed to meet me at the Information Today booth during last evenings reception and we had a great conversation. He was hired as our new panelist on the spot.

Hopefully you all got to hear how articulate and on point he was this morning. Such a good fit with Mike Ridley, CIO & Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph and Donna Scheeder, Deputy CIO, Congressional Research Service.

They did a terrific job!

Ready to Play Games at Internet Librarian 2010?

QR Codes at Internet librarian!

IL2010 Mobile Program

Use this exciting mobile technology to discover prizes in a fun on site game. Take this opportunity to learn about an emerging technology while competing with fellow librarians to show them who really is the most innovative. On Sunday Oct 24th get more details about the competition at the conference information desk in Monterey, at the Games & Gadgets Evening, or online here at the conference blog. Be a technology leader and uncover the mystery to score a prize. Download a QR Code Scanner app for your smart phone so you are ready to play. We recommend: QuickMark or BeeTagg.

Location Based Activities & Prizes!

Check in and win at Internet Librarian with fun Foursquare games. Download the Foursquare app for your smart phone and become mayor of the conference venue and win a prize even more valuable than bragging rights. Not everyone can become mayor, so be an active engager of this emerging mobile tech by checking in at the conference multiple times and you too can claim a prize deserved of such a trend setter. If you need advice, join the gang at the Games & Gadgets evening program on Sunday Oct 24th. And don’t forget to use Foursquare at Internet Librarian to see where colleagues are hanging out, think parties and karaoke!

Prizes for:

  • 1 big for the Foursquare Mayor of the conference [Did I hear iPod shuffle?? SShhhhh, don’t tell]
  • 1 big for the Foursquare Mayor of the exhibit hall
  • 5 small for the Foursquare heavy user runner ups
  • 2 big for the first winners of the QR scavenger hunt
  • 5 small for next five winners of the QR scavenger hunt

The Mayors of CIL2010

Thanks to Joe Murphy for getting us started on location based social networking.  Lots of CIL attendees are having fun checking in at the Conference Venues as well as various restaurants around the area through foursqure and Gowalla on their geolocation enabled mobile devices.

We have mayors in many venues, but as of right now – Wednesday April 14, 2010 at 10:45am:

  • Jill Hurst-Wahl is mayor of the CIL Ballroom Lobby and CIL Keynote
  • Bobbi Newman is mayor of the CIL Conference and has been there since day one.  Nobody has been able to unseat her yet.
  • Nicole C. Engard is mayor of Cinnabar; the Hyatt’s second floor restaurant.
  • I – Jane Dysart – am mayor of the CyberTours
  • JP Porcoro is currently of the mayor of the Exhibit Hall.  If JP lasts as mayor until 1:15pm today he will win a prize from Information Today, Inc.

The announcement of the winner will be in the exhibit hall at 1:15pm.  The prize will be mailed to the winner.