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The InfoTubey Awards

The first InfoTubey awards were extremely well received, and the second ones tonight were no less popular.  The InfoTubey awards recognize excellence in library-related videos.  The videos were required to demonstrate marketing or innovation, demonstrate the library’s services, or convey the value of the library to the community.

ITI's VP of Technology, Bill ("InfoDiddy") Spence, hosted the award ceremony.

ITI’s VP of Technology, Bill (“InfoDiddy”) Spence, hosted the award ceremony.

The awards were judged by an elite committee of judges.  Here they are, with the InfoTubey awards in the foreground.

(L-R) Bill Spence (at podium), Rebecca Jones, Marshall Breeding, Darlene Fichter, Kathy Dempsey, and Aaron Schmidt

(L-R) Bill Spence (at podium), Rebecca Jones, Marshall Breeding, Darlene Fichter, Kathy Dempsey, and Aaron Schmidt


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Warming Up for the InfoTubey Awards

To warm up for tonight’s InfoTubey Awards gala, I just attended a session called Video, YouTube, and Libraries. One presenter was Nick Baker, who won one of last year’s inagural InfoTubies. The other was Karen McBride from Des Plaines PL.


These tidbits were among the advice Karen offered to beginning videographers:

  • Don’t worry about being perfect — people like to watch videos that are "raw, edgy, and badly lit."
  • You don’t have to spend a lot — basic cameras can take good-enough video, and there’s plenty of free, open source editing software out there.
  • Make sure you tell people you’ve posted videos!
  • "Unleash your inner ham!"

These folks have made fun videos; you can do it too!!

~Kathy Dempsey

Marketing Library Services editor

Searching, Finding and the Info Pro

My talk yesterday on Searching, Finding and the Information Professional was surprisingly crowded, given the other very strong sessions happening concurrently with mine. If I could have cloned myself, I would have been in multiple rooms that afternoon. My basic points were that our clients think about searchability and findability differently than we info pros do, which is good, because it keeps us employed. I also talked about newer developments in web search, such as personalization, optimization, semantic clustering, automatic indexing, metadata, and the "invisible" web. I ended up with some thoughts about nontextual, nontraditional information. And I showed some photos I took at the InfoTubey award ceremonies.

Somewhere in there I mentioned the traditional search strategies of pearl growing, successive fractions, and building blocks. One attendee asked me for the exact citation of the seminal article in ONLINE that introduced those concepts. I didn’t know it off the top of my head, but now I’ve looked it up. Here’s the citation: "Online Bibliographic Search Strategy Development," by Donald Hawkins (yes, that’s one of my fellow bloggers here at the InfoTodayBlog!!) and Robert Wagers, ONLINE, v. 6, n. 3, May 1982. It’s old enough that I don’t think the full text is available electronically. Sorry bout that.

Marydee Ojala

Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals