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And the Winners Are…

For the 15th anniversary of the Internet Librarian conference, attendees enjoyed sweet treats in the exhibit hall, and then the drawing for the 3 iPads was held.

Here is Tom Hogan, Sr. preparing to draw a winning business card.  Tom Hogan, Jr. is assisting.

And the first winner was…

Barbara Galik, Cullom-Davis Library, Bradlely University, Peoria, IL

The second winner:

Matt Stevons, Kaplan University, Chicago, IL

The final winner

Rob Colding presents the iPad to Ruth Kneale, Systems Librarian, Advanced Technology Solar Telescope

Congratulations to the winners!  If you didn’t win, come to Internet Librarian 2012 to try again.


Engaging Your Community with Tablets and Social Computing

I was very interested in attending a session called Repositioning with Tablets, Social Media, & Outreach.

The first speaker, Tim Donahue from Montana State University, discussed what tablets are being used for in his library (roving reference, QR code reading, & brainstorming sessions) and their implications (since they’re easier to read from than to type on, they are “ideal platforms” for library content consumption).

The second speaker, Allen Cho from the University of British Columbia, talked about a government-funded project to gather Chinese-Canadian stories and all the community engagement it prompted. (Learn more at

The final speaker, Arlene Keller from Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, discussed their successful Facebook page, which has more than 15,000 fans. She attributed the success to many things, chief among them was starting with good planning and policymaking and knowing what content customers want. (One way to do that is to observe how they interact with each other on the page and what they like to discuss.) They also use FB’s statistics to measure usage and ROI.

Engaging Your Community with Tablets and Social Computing

Engaging Your Community with Tablets and Social Computing

Mobile and social computing are changing everything and libraries need to keep up with their users’ expectations.

ProQuest/Dialog Wins AIIP Technology Award

It has become a tradition at Internet Librarian for the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) to present its prestigious Technology Award at the opening session on the second day.

The AIIP Technology Award was created to recognize innovative products that enhance the working environment of the independent information professional.

This year’s award winner was ProQuest/Dialog.  Libby Trudell, Dialog Vice President, accepted the award from AIIP Past-President Cindy Shamel.

Libby Trudell (L) accepts the AIIP Technology Award



The Great Web Tools Face-Off!

We had a brand new Tuesday night event last night and you can learn all about it on the site at The Great Web Tools Face-Off!

All the tools used by the teams are on the Face-Off site but there were several others suggested by the audience.

The audience tools included Manymoon, the social productivity platform for managing projects and tasks, with Google Apps integration and Evernote.

During the challenge round even more tools were bounced around:

The Tweets from the Face-Off are available as a Google Doc.

And we have more photos – these were taken by Don Hawkins, the IL2011 Blog Coordinator.

Face-Off Photos