Wednesday, April 18, 2007

CIL2007: Tuesday & Wednesday morning

I'm sitting in Megan Fox's session on "Trends in Mobile Tools & Applications for Libraries." She was a keynote speaker last year, I think, and I remember that she did an excellent presentation. I'm interested in what tools she will talk about.

Earlier John Van Oudenaren -- Senior Advisor, World Digital Library Initiative, Library of Congress -- spoke on "World Digital Libraries (WDL)." I'm looking forward to read what others blog about his session.

What stood out to me was the forethought to create a"free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials." They have four facilities worldwide for doing the actual digitization. These facilitates will help build the WDL as well as provide services for other programs. Being multi-lingual adds a complexity to the program but ensures that many more people will be able to use the web site. In order to do all of this work, the Library of Congress (LOC) is partnering with several organizations around the world. This not only does this allow the project to expand its capabilities, but it also helps to build goodwill and ensure that this is not seen just as a LOC project.

More information is available on the project's about page. I would also encourage you to view the video about the project.

The World Digital Library should go live later this year.

Megan just showed the Samsung Q1, which I saw someone use here. That could be my next laptop!

Yesterday I moderated the " Planning & Managing Digitally Track," which contained five sessions:
What stood out to me, at the end of day, was how the sessions fits together. Jones' presentation on accelerated planning was important to hear. Doing our strategic plans should not take months or years. Using accelerated planning, it can occur in a matter of a few weeks. (Her presentation will be posted here.)

A strategic plan is important as we think about those projects that we want to undertake. Engard and Black both talked about different types of projects, and how Web 2.0 tools could be used to help manage them. Using blogs, wikis, RSS, webcams, etc. can help keep staff and users in the loop on whatever project you are undertaking. They can also ensure that information is not lost, that everyone has the same information, and that there is an archive after the fact. Both opened eyes to how Web 2.0 tools can be used to coordinate efforts.

Of course, both Engard and Black were talking about being innovative. Christina Pikas and I talked about innovative libraries, so our session fit well within this track.

Finally, David Lee King spoke on change. That was the theme -- really -- of the entire day. We need to find ways of letting go of the past and moving into the future. Some people will be resistant to change, so we need to find out why (information-based, physiological/emotional, or "big stuff") and help them work through that resistance so that change is possible. I hope King places his presentation on his web site.

By the way, our keynote speaker yesterday was Andy Carvin. The originally person scheduled was sick and could not make it. Carvin was an excellent last minute stand-in. His presentation was "Using Social Media for Community Engagement." He had more slides than he was abler to show. I would encourage you to view his presentation, follow the embedded links, and think about the change in media production that has been enabled by Web 2.0. A key concept -- the democratization of content. (7/5/2007 - URL corrected for Carvin's presentation.)

Addendum (4:15 p.m.): Connecting Librarian did an excellent job taking notes during the keynote this morning.

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