April 18th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

CIL2013_Core_of_LibrariesFlickr user godaises attended Computers in Libraries this year and took some great notes. The best part is she posted all of them on Flickr? Why flickr? Well these aren’t your standard bullet-point-based notes. Thanks for sharing!

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April 12th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Overheard at conference:

Daddy, why are they doing show and tell?

A friend’s four-year-old daughter when peeking in at a CIL presentation.

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April 10th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

ITI LogoYesterday was mostly an attendance day so I don’t have much in the way of stories other than to mention great lunch conversation over Greek food and dinner conversation over Ethiopian food. So, lacking a coherent narrative  I hereby provide you with links to sites that I’ll definitely be checking out post-conference. The list may seem a bit random in spots but it’ll give you a pretty good idea of the topics I’ve been learning about over the past two days.

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April 9th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Innovative Library Tech: Practices & ServicesThe first full day of the conference was amazing! It’s fully how you get on the phone to call home late at night and when asked how your day went, you start with “fine” and then 30 minutes later you haven’t stopped talking about all the things that happened to you during the day. Here are some of the highlights:

Jennifer Koerber and I ran out Issues & Challenges track for the third (and probably last for us) time and had a wonderful set of speakers including Jill Hurst-Wall, director of the iSchool at Syracuse University, to Rudy Leon from University of Nevada, Reno. (Ask her about their Burning Man collection if you get a chance.) But I must say, the standout of the track was the Innovative Library Tech: Practices & Services session presented by Carol A. Watson, Maureen Cahill, Wendy Moore, from the  University of Georgia Law Library. I just can’t stop telling people how great their session was.

The point of our track was to include the audience in discussion as much as possible. These ladies took this idea and raised the bar. Not only did they take the microphones out into the audience (allowing Jennifer and I to sit and participate in the session,) they also had the individual groups at tables answer some directed questions as groups and report back to everyone in the room. Lastly, three times during the session, the invited five audience members into the “fishbowl.” During these times, those audience members were brought up to sit at the table on the stage and answer questions from the presenters. Oh, and did I mention that they did all of this in an hour?

We’ve already reported to Jane that not only should these three ladies be invited to do it again at Internet Librarian this fall, they should also be invited to take over the track from us. So, if you missed them @ CIL, please look for them at IL.

During the day I also think I agreed to write another book. Nothing’s final yet and it could end up not happening so watch this space for more details.

The other significant event of the day was my attending of the Syracuse iSchool reception at the Hillyer Art Space. There I got to meet several more iSchool students and the Dean. Short version, some of these students are currently looking for employment. Hire them! everyone I spoke with was scary smart and a complete joy to speak with even in a very crowded and loud space. That was definitely the best two-hour of my conference thus far.

I ended the day with a few hours at the hotel fire pits (sans fire) where I was again able to reconnect with several old friends. Sorry, most of those topics are considered off the record 😉

I finally crawled back to my room about 11:30 and put myself into a drug-induced (Motrin PM) sleep and refused to set my alarm. That resulted in a solid eight hours of uninterrupted sleep and I even made it just in time for the day-two keynote. I am feeling much better this morning and am looking forward to being just an attendee today.

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April 8th, 2013 by Michael Sauers


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April 8th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Flaming ice creamYesterday wasn’t quite as long a day as the previous day but I’m still exhausted and my feet hurt. I’m going to get through this but boy do I need sleep.

Yesterday morning was quiet and I got a lot of work done in the hotel lobby on their free WiFi. About 11am I left the lobby, leaving my jacket behind. (We’ll catch up with my jacket later in this story.) I spent an hour catching up with Jason Griffey and Stephen Abram and got my first chance to say hello to Conference Chair Jane Dysart. Off to the workshop luncheon and catching up with a few more old friends such as Jason Clark. Post lunch it was off to my pre-conference, eBooks & eReaders: Next Steps.

Overall I believe the workshop went well. The experience level of the attendees was a little broader than I was expecting but I think everyone left with as many of their questions answered as I could possibly answer in the time allowed. Speaking of time, I rushed through what I thought was my last topic when I thought the workshop ended at 4. The attendees then pointed out that class didn’t end for another half hour. My mistake and I still feel bad about that. However, we spent that final half hour discussing larger issues when it comes to libraries and eBooks, which wasn’t my original plan, but everyone seemed to appreciate it.

The off to the gaming event during which I didn’t play but acted more as an obstacle for those playing laser tag. More catching up with old friends ensued.

To top off the night a small group of us went out to dinner to celebrate Jennifer Koerber’s 40th birthday. (Actually this coming Friday.) We ended up at a wonderful pan-Asian place named Bannana Leaves where I had a wonderful grilled seafood teriyaki  dinner. What ended to amazing dinner was the desert they brought out for Jennifer. That would be the flaming ball of deep-fried ice cream pictured in this post. Jennifer got the best photo of it and if she posts it online I’ll try to link to it later.

Finally back to the hostel and an attempt to sleep. It was quiet this time around but something just wouldn’t let me sleep. Probably the combination of foam mattress and thin pillows. Tonight, there will be drugs involved in getting me to sleep no matter how tired I am.

So, off to conference I go for the first full day. Jennifer and I are running the Issues & Challenges track for the third and last time and I’m sure a fun time will be had by all.

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April 6th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

@pcsweeney Tweeted about this earlier today and I just sent in my RSVP. Wouldn’t it be interesting if half the room was filled with librarians? (Now I’m sort of wishing I’d packed a tie.)

Event Date  April 10, 2013 – 8:30am – 10:00am
Event Location  Washington, DC

The late 20th century saw the rise of broadband networks and the start of real Internet communications.  Today, the U.S. is headed towards a future of ultra-fast networks and next generation wireless.  These advances have made significant contributions to innovation and the American economy at large.  The usage of broadband, from the workday to the latest gadget or application, changes every day and ever year – but regulations and laws do not.  Broadband for America would like to invite you to its latest Broadband Technology and Policy Briefing – the first of a series of panels for 2013 aimed at helping policymakers, the media, and the public better understand the broadband ecosystem.

Former Senator John Sununu, Broadband for America Co-Chair – Topic: Introduction of BFA and the Internet’s role of Innovation and Economic Growth

Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation – Topic: The Whole Picture: Where America’s Broadband Networks Really Stand

Ev Ehrlich, Former Undersecretary of Commerce under President Clinton – Topic: The Economic Benefits of Broadband for the US

Larry Irving, Former head of the National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration (NTIA) – Topic: Trends in Broadband Access and Adoption, Reaching the Administration’s Goal of 100 Percent Broadband

Hance Haney, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute – Topic: Broadband and Internet Evolution Since The Telecom Act

Event details:

Wednesday, April 10, 8:30-10:00 AM
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building
Twitter hashtag: #BBandTech

Breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP by April 8 to RSVP@BroadbandforAmerica.com.

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April 6th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

student center roomThis year, conference is going to be a little more interesting, and exhausting, than usual. But due to significant budget restrictions this year (both mine and ITI’s) I’m not staying at the conference hotel. Instead I’m staying 1.2 miles up the road at the Washington International Student Center. It’s a hostel. I’ve got a room to myself but since it holds two people it’s $80/night instead of the $40. The other option was a bunk bed with five other people in the room. (That’s not going to happen.) My room has a bed, nightstand, desk, and chair. Oh,can’t forget the two power outlets and the space heater. (The latter I shouldn’t need due to the wonderful weather. I will also add that the WiFi is spectacular. Shared bathroom but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Hell, I’ve stayed in worse hotels for twice as much. The walk is already getting a bit old but I suppose that getting up at 4am isn’t helping.

On the brighter side I did just have a wonderful dinner at RFD with Jill and her husband Tom. It was nice to be able to catch up with them. I also made a quick stop back at the conference hotel on the way back to my room and was able to say hi to a few old friends. Right now I’m killing some time in the Starbucks across the street from my room as I guess the hostel is above a club and it’s Saturday night. I’ve been warned about the noise. Luckily, my workshop isn’t until 1pm tomorrow.

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April 1st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Presentation Plan

Source: MyITForum.com

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April 1st, 2013 by Michael Sauers


Steve Martin
Source: GapingVoid

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