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It's That Time Again…


Yep, we’re back for another Computers in Libraries conference. Today, Sunday, saw lots of people arriving in DC and settling in, while others were delayed by flight troubles. And there were a number of great pre-conference sessions today — including one by Yours Truly.

This evening there was another successful gaming session put together by Aaron Schmidt and Erik Boekesteijn. Lots of people gathered for pizza and playtime.

Tomorrow morning will begin with the welcomes from the conference organizers and the opening keynote. Stay tuned!

~Kathy Dempsey, Marketing Library Services editor

CIL Program Rocks!

I am very excited about our upcoming CIL 2009 event in DC (well, Crystal City VA — close!)  The keynote speakers will bring lots of insights:

*Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project

*Erik Boekesteijn, Science & Innovation at DOK, Delft Public Library & one of the Shanachie‘s interviewing Paul Holdengraber, Director, Public Programs, New York Public Lbirary

*Michael Edson, Director, Web & New Media Strategy, Office of the CIO, Smithsonian Institution (not originally in the advance program so check out the details here) will be talking about Digital Strategies & Knowledge Commons

There are 5 streams of focused content on each of the three days of the conference, with lots of workshops on Sunday March 29th and Thursday April 2nd.  Many experienced practitioners and experts sharing their experiences and strategies.  If you haven’t already registered for the conference please do!

Jane Dysart, CIL 2009 Conference Chair


ShanachieTour Returns to Monterey, 1 Year Later

If this scene looks familiar to you, then you were at last year’s IL Tuesday evening session where these Dutchmen did a presentation about their "ShanachieTour," which was a 3-week road trip they took across America in a "campervan" (RV). Exactly 1 year later, they’re back in Monterey (where last year’s tour ended) to talk about that tour and others they’ve done around the world since. Once again, they filmed part of the presentation while they were doing it, which is why you see both the live Erik and the on-screen Erik above.

After showing some opening scenes from the movie they produced about the 07 ShanachieTour, Erik Boekesteijn, Jaap van de Geer, and Geert van den Boogaard settled into their own "welcome to our living room" presentation style. Nevermind that boring podium, they told the hotel’s room set-up staff — their talk took place on a cozy stage with a couch and chair, coffee table, lamps, plants, snacks, and even a refrigerator (used to chill beverages for the guests they brought up on stage to talk with).


The guests they interviewed on stage included Greg Schwartz (Uncontrolled Vocabulary) and Michael Sauers. They also Skyped in far-away colleagues and asked them about the libraries of today and tomorrow. Overall, it was a really innovative and entertaining presentation that kept the huge crowd in their seats until after 9pm.

You can keep an eye on future Shanachie adventures on their Facebook page and their web page. In a few weeks they’ll be touring across Australia, speaking at conferences and stopping at libraries. So stay tuned!

~Kathy Dempsey



Book Signing Bonanza!

Information Today, Inc., the company that runs Internet Librarian, had a number of new books come out just in time for this conference. So at the exhibit hall’s opening reception, there was a long table full of authors waiting to sign their newly published tomes.

Left to right:

Stephanie Gerding (and Madeline!) were signing The Accidental Technology Trainer.

Rachel Singer Gordon was signing What’s the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros.

David Lee King was signing Designing the Digital Experience.

Barbara Galik was signing Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries (which she contributed to) in place of absent editors Lori Bell and Rhonda B. Trueman.

The three Shanachies also signed their hot-off-the-press book/DVD movie combo called ShanachieTour: A Library Road Trip Across America. (L-R: Geert van den Boogaard, Jaap van de Geer, Erik Boekesteijn)

The Shanachies will also be doing the fun evening session tonight, and you can buy their book (and their way-cool T-shirts!) on site.

~Kathy Dempsey


It's That Time of Year Again

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s Internet Librarian time again… but here I am back in Monterey.

There were preconferences yesterday and today, and the full conference starts with a bang tonight with a Gaming session run by Aaron Schmidt and Erik Boekesteijn. (That’s in the DeAnza room, 5:30-8.)

~Kathy Dempsey