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LITA President's Program to Feature Innovative Delft Public Library (DOK)

Posing for a photo at last night's LITA Open House were (l-r) Gert van den Boogaard (DOK), Jaap van de Geer (DOK), Andrew Pace (LITA President), Erik Boekesteijn (DOK), and Mary Taylor (LITA Executive Director,ALA)

Posing for a photo at last night's LITA Open House were (l-r) Gert van den Boogaard (DOK), Jaap van de Geer (DOK), Andrew Pace (LITA President), Erik Boekesteijn (DOK), and Mary Taylor (LITA Executive Director,ALA)

ALA’s Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) will offer what LITA Executive Director Mary Taylor described as “some very special programming” on Sunday.  Highlights include LITA’s ever-popular “Top Technology Trends” panel (1:30-3:30 p.m.), followed by awards and the LITA President’s program (4:00-5:30 p.m.), which will feature the innovative work of the Delft Public Library (DOK).  Events take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel.

For all library technology hounds, Mary also recommends LITA’s oft-controversial session on Monday:  The Ultimate Debate.  This year’s debate topic is:  Has Library 2.0 Fulfilled Its Promise?  Moderated by Roy Tennant, speakers will include:  Meredith Farkas, Cindi Trainor, David Lee King, and Michael Porter–1:30-3:00 p.m., McCormick Place West, W-181.

Dick Kaser, ITI, VP, Content

Still Running

Not having a fancy phone like Kathy, I’ve been plodding through the Event Planner. I do wish it had full session descriptions, not just the name, time, location, and ALA sponsor. Plus, it’s dropped me several times.  As far as I can tell,  much of what I’m interested in is at the conference center rather than hotels. So you’ll probably see me down there. I plan on spending some of my time at the Information Today Inc. booth (#4525) where we’re having a half-price subscription offer for new personal subscribers to ONLINE. The company also has book signings scheduled (hey, it’s ALA, there’s book signings all over the place!) and there’s always candy to be had. Do swing by!

I’m starting Friday, however, with the LITA open house at the Palmer House. It looks like most of Saturday and Sunday I’ll be at McCormick, running back to the hotel area for the Sunday LITA President’s Program with the Shanachies. Things I’m interested in: Electronic resources, all things 2.0 (and 3.0), future technologies.

With over 25,000 people so far registered for ALA, Chicago will (once again) be overrun with librarians. In spite of the economic climate, the registration numbers for ALA are very encouraging. The conference itself is always a bit (OK, more than a bit)  overwhelming. Here’s hoping I actually get to the sessions I want to hear!

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

Sublime Keynote

Coverage of Paul Holdengraber’s keynote at CIL 2009 was unbelievable.  He had so many wonderful phrases, insights, and inspirational messages.  Sadly, the archive of the UStream.TV broadcast is not playable.

Jane Dysart, Conference Program Chair

The Library Without Walls: Tuesday's Keynote


Without her customary podium, Jane Dysart, Conference Chair, introduces the Tuesday keynote sesson

Without her customary podium, Jane Dysart, Conference Chair, introduces the Tuesday keynote sesson

Erik and Paul

Erik and Paul

The “Dutch guys” from the Delft Public Library in the Netherlands, a.k.a. the guys from the Shanachie Tour, returned to CIL with another great program.  The initial interview on their first tour in 2006 was with Paul Holdengraber, Director of Public Programs at the New York Public Library (NYPL), and at CIL 2009, Paul and Erik Boekesteijn met again for the Tuesday keynote session, which thanks to fellow Shanachie tourer Jaap van de Geer was streamed live on the Internet.



Paul’s mission is to make the famous lions in front of the NYPL roar.  He also wonders how much he library weighs because he wants to infuse it with so much energy that it levitates!  Listening  to him  in person, it wasn’t too hard to imagine that if anybody can do that, Paul will.   The Director of NYPL asked Paul to “oxygenate the library”, and he is well along on the job!  He left an indyllic life in Santa Monica, CA and has become fascinated with the “friction of New York”.

Paul and Erik at their interview

Paul and Erik at their interview

Paul covered so much ground in this interview; how do you blog it?  All I can do here is to give you a sampling of quotes.  See Jane Dysart’s following post for a link to a video of  the entire interview (thanks, Jaap!).

  • “An editor is a mouse training to become a rat.”
  • “We have two ears and one  mouth, so listening is more important than speaking.”
  • “The important thing in anything is to begin.”
  • “I never ask for permission, only for forgiveness.”
  • “We have to change things and make this library irresistable.”
  • “I feel like  I’m being Twittered, and it’s a new source of pleasure.”
  • “I’m very interested in the afterlife of a conversation.  What happens to all of this?  How does it continue to have a life.  Blogging is a marvelous use of continuing conversations.  I deeply believe that the experience of being in a room together.”
  • “We need humor more than ever in these days.  I wake up energized and ready to confront the day.  I am supposed to symbolically take those 52 million books off the shelf and deeply desire  them.  I believe that libraries are places of desire.”
  • “All of us deeply believe in what we do and in communicating our experiences.  I cannot imagine a world without books.  Will we someday see Kindles laying around everywhere?”
  • “I am fascinated by how libraries might be able to make us focus in an age of utter distraction, where we use the Web in a way that makes  us focus on new discoveries.”
  • “In these days, the library is a place of opportunity.  It is also a haven.  I am in the job of hospitality, making people feel at home.  We have Facebooks,  but I’m interested in the face to face encounter.”
  • “We have home pages, I am  interested in our home.”
  • “Libraries have the one gift I would love to have–the gift of ubiquity.”

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and CIL 2009 Blog Coordinator

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