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IL Rewind: Vint Cerf’s Keynote at Internet Librarian 2009

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, called one of the “Father’s of the Internet” and most recently listed by PCWorld as one of the web’s 50 most influential people, believes that the internet and the web are still young yet “poised to become the greatest communication platform humanity has ever known.”

Hear the founder, curator, and voice of “LIVE from the NYPL,” Paul Holdengraber, interview Vint Cerf about digital publishing, preservation, and practices.

Vint Cerf by Charles Haynes, on Flickr

Vint Cerf by Charles Haynes, on Flickr

Internet Librarian 2009 opening keynote — Digital Publishing, Preservation, & Practices
Vint Cerf, VP & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

IL2009 Refresh: Sneaking the Social Web Into Your Library

Sneaking the Social Web Into Your Library & Going Beyond 23 Things

B106 – Sneaking the Social Web Into Your Library & Going Beyond 23 Things

Bobbi L. Newman, Digital Branch Manager, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries
Erin Downey-Howerton, School Liaison, Johnson County Library
Lori Reed, Learning & Development Coordinator, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Managing Editor

Have staff members run in the other direction any time you mention anything related to the social web? Hear how one library tricked staff into happily using blogs, Goodreads, Delicious, Flickr, and more. Learn how to get your staff started using social web tools as our speakers share tips, tricks, and just plain sneaky tactics to get staff to use (and enjoy!) these tools to create and contribute content. And if you have already done a Learning 2.0 project, given out your prizes, and created an appetite for learning, now what? Reed explores ideas to continue informal learning and leverage the momentum built by successful Learning 2.0 projects. Technology is here today, and library staff must stay current to stay relevant.

Internet Librarian Topics 1997-2009

As suggested by Kathy Dempsey, author of The Accidental Library Marketer and one of the fine bloggers at The ‘M’ Word – Marketing Libraries blog, here is a collection of Wordles based on the final program for each of the Internet Librarian conferences from 1997 to 2009.

In the course of compiling this information I was struck, once again, by how far we have come. Currently the Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries conference programs are published using XML and XLST so if we make a change to a session title or description or a speaker’s bio, its pushed out in the XML file and instantly the site s up to date everywhere that information is used. Going back in time for this information was like an archeological dig through the the history of web development all the way back to the days before CSS and to when ITI hand coded the entire program in plain HTML.

When it comes to working with data on the web, there were no “good old days” to look back on with fondness in my opinion.

As requested, here are the source files I used – minus the year seedings:

For a full size animation of the sort below, visit Internet Librarian Through the Years.

Year by Year

Practical Website Improvement Face-Off

This month’s free article from Online Magazine is a recap and expansion of ideas first discussed during the Library Website Improvement Face-Off session at last fall’s Internet Librarian 2009 conference.   Darlene Fichter (University of Saskatchewan) and Jeff Wisniewski (University of Pittsburgh) have put together much the materials and conclusions produced by that session into a must-read primer for anyone looking at overhauling thier library’s website.

What are the top three things library webmasters can do to improve their websites?

Panelists at Internet Librarian 2009 were charged with answering this question in session A203, “Library Website Improvement Face-Off”, moderated by Darlene Fichter. The only rule was that the improvements had to be reasonably practical. Audience members acted as judges and voted for the best way to improve library websites.

Thinking bigger, panelists were also allowed to name one “fairy godmother” wish, free of any practical constraints whatsoever. Think “If I had unlimited time and an unlimited budget I’d …” The panelists didn’t know their colleagues’ suggestions in advance. The suggestions were great, so we wanted to share them with you. We’d also like to thank the esteemed panelists, Jeff Wisniewski, Aaron Schmidt, Amanda Etches-Johnson, and David Lee King, for their permission to publish their improvement tips here.

read the whole article at
CONTROL-SHIFT: Practical Website Improvement Face-Off.

See You Next Year



IL 2009 is now history.  We learned a lot, enjoyed networking with our colleagues, and making new friends.  Be sure to mark your calendars now, while you are thinking about it, and plan to attend IL 2010.

Signing off on behalf of the entire Il 2009 blog team and all the other bloggers that were with us.  Thanks for reading our blog.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today, Ince.and IL 2009 Blog Coordinator

Mobile Gadgets

The closing session featured a Bluff the Internet Librarian game, modeled on NPR’s Wait Wait don’t tell me. Aaron Schmidt introduces game host Jenny Levine. The panel is Megan Fox, Barbara Fullerton, and Joe Murphy. Each panelists tells a story about a new gadget and the librarian has to decide which is true and which is not. First player must decide among Shrinklets pen, charging phone while cycling, or augmented reality for mobile devices. Fake gadget was the pen. BioLogic ReeCharge is real. Layar is real.

Second player must figure out whether Fast Flip, a Google product that uses touch screen on Android device, Microvision Laser Pico Projector, which is the size of mobile phone and can project onto any surface, or British Academic Mobile Library, a full mobile electronic library. The mobile library is the fake.

Now it’s on to the third player. A new ebook reader that lets you lend ebooks, solar energy light that damages tissue on contact, or Frankencamera that’s build on Linux. Light saber is fake. Barnes & Noble Nook is real but not yet released. You can lend books but only to one person and only for 14 days.

Fourth player must decide among swine flu detector, Bluetooth spy, virtual nurse. Harvard Health has swine flue app that tracks it but it doesn’t predict whether you have flue. BlueWare: Spyware is real and it tracks phone activity, listens to live calls, extract text messages, and much more. Keas gives health feedback by text messaging.

One more question. What will we be talking about next year? Megan: augmented reality on your phone. Barbara: Cats and invisibility. Voice activated. Show things visually. Joe: Twitter won’t be important. We’ll share best practices about meshing information content with user expectations.

Marydee Ojala
Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology &
Resources for Information Professionals

Programme Director, Internet Librarian International
Chair, Search Engine Meeting
Program Director, WebSearch University