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Christen Orbanus Goes Silver

Camden County Youth Librarian Christen Orbanus put her hair color on the line when she challenged her young patrons to beat last years summer reading numbers. She promised that if they met her goal of 1500 or more hours she would let them vote on a new hair color for her.

She had 91 kids sign up up for the program and together they read a combined total of 2,139 hours this summer. That is an average of 23.5 hours per participant.

The voting went on for a couple weeks with victory eventually coming to the kids who wanted to see Christen with silver hair.

About 20 of her patrons showed up at the hair salon to see her hair coloring. The final result is shown below.

Christen's Silver Hair

Christen's Silver Hair

There is no word yet on next year’s plans, but this year will be hard to beat.

Call For Speakers Opens for Computers in Libraries 2011!

Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities

Computers in Libraries 2011 Call for Speakers

#CIL11 Call for Speakers!

Whether we are planning or designing services for our library community, or delivering services of value to them, we have to align our community’s needs, cultures, and opportunities. Learn about the latest trends affecting your community and your clients at Computers in Libraries 2011. The conference program is filled with ideas, innovative practices, tips and techniques for identifying community needs and opportunities as well as designing and delivering strategic and creative services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on creating strategic value for our user communities and using new web tools to build innovative and priority services.

Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than twenty-five years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld, is pleased to announce the 26th annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating all aspects of library technology. Our theme, Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities, encompasses all the challenges, solutions, technologies and practices that those working with computers in libraries or libraries in computers are dealing with today. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators, intranet strategists, portal creators, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that allows us to bring strategic value to our user communities. It provides the latest information and practices for you to make informed choices for your community — whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering four simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: Community Building; Partnerships & Collaboration; Aligning for Maximum Value; People (skills, organizations, roles); Social Media, Learning & Literacy; Places (virtual & physical); Digital/Virtual Library Services; Research & Innovation; Integrating Systems & Strategies; Information Discovery & Search; Technology Planning; Managing Content & eResrouces; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Intranets & Portals; Search Engines; Case Studies of Internet & Intranet Librarians as well as Digital Library Managers; Library Automation, Architecture & Infrastructure; Managing Information and Knowledge Assets, eLearning & Training, Web Design & Development, Streaming Multimedia, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, “how to” solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas; send us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

TOPIC SUGGESTIONS

These are suggestions only, use your imagination! The more creative the topic, the better!

  • Acquiring & Managing Content
  • Aligning with Strategic Priorities
  • Beyond 2.0 for Libraries
  • Blogs, Wikis & RSS: What’s New?
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Building Strong Communities
  • Building Technology Alliances
  • Building & Using Taxonomies
  • Collaboration Software
  • Connecting People & Technology
  • Content Management Tools
  • Cool Web Tools
  • Co-ordinating Web Teams
  • Creating Strategic Value
  • Creating Tomorrow’s Learning Environments
  • Creative Management Practices
  • Digital Archiving
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Digitizing Collections
  • Distance learning technologies
  • eBooks & eJournals: Acquiring & Managing
  • eLearning Strategies & Cases
  • Evaluating web resources: Tools
  • Experimenting & Learning
  • Facebook, MySpace & LibrarySpace
  • Finding Partners in Tough Times
  • Folksonomies & Metatagging
  • Funding Technology
  • Future Net/Web strategies
  • Gaming & Learning
  • Gauging Customer Needs
  • Information Architecture
  • Information Discovery & Visualization
  • Innovation, Change & Libraries
  • Innovative Ways to Connect with Clients
  • Intranets & Portals in Action
  • Leading Edge Technologies
  • Lessons learned from Techies
  • Library Performance Improvement
  • Making Interfaces Usable
  • Making Tough Choices
  • Managing Desktop Access
  • Managing Digitally
  • Managing Electronic Resources
  • Maximizing User Experience
  • Mobile Computing
  • New Technologies & Libraries of the Future
  • Next Gen OPACs
  • People Capabilities & Libraries
  • Personalization & Customization
  • Search Engine Tips & Tools
  • Second Life & Libraries
  • Social Listening
  • Social Media & Libraries
  • Special & Virtual Libraries: Cases
  • Strategic Library Competencies
  • Streaming Content to Mobile Devices
  • Streamlining Systems & Workflow
  • Teaching Tips for all ages
  • Technology Planning
  • Tools for Spreading Information & Ideas
  • Top Tips for Teaching Adults
  • Understanding Community Needs & Opportunities
  • Usability Testing for Web Sites
  • User Generated Content
  • Virtual Library Services
  • Web Design & Usability
  • Web Development Tips & Tools
  • Web Policies & strategies
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Wireless strategies & the Library
  • Writing & Publishing for the Web

Submit a proposal at  Computers in Libraries 2011: Call For Speakers.