Panel -- each person has 6 min. 20 sec. total, with 20 seconds per slide. This turned out to be news to some of the presenters! Aaron Schmidt will be advancing the slides for the speakers. In addition, the audience will get to vote on the best presentation.
Jessica Sanchez -- This is her first CIL. Blogs are an important tool for libraries to reach their users. You can even use them to keep in touch with coworkers. Even tech-newbies can understand and create blogs. Who is blogging? President Obama and he is microblogging (although we recognize that he may have a ghost blogger). Tagging on blog posts can help organize blog posts. Blogs can cut down on email.
Only post on topic and make it relevant. If it is an institutional blog, you don't want to make it too personal. Be sure to tag your posts. Be sure to respond quickly to comments. Use questions, etc., to spark blog posts.
Nathan Flinchum -- We were All N00bs: Learning the Social Web by using the Social Web. Our patrons may feel a bit like they are jumping "into the deep in" when they begin using web 2.0. They may have concerns. We need to step back and think about how we got started, and use those memories. We learned by using the Internet/web 2.0. Not just going to training, but actually using the tools.
Why did we use it? Answer - something that we were interest in used to the Web as a tool (for communication). This was our on-ramp to the Internet. A single site of group of sites on a specific topic. On ramp qualities - a place where people with variety of skills levels can participate. The on-ramp allows the person to learn skills without them knowing it.
- and others
Learn from your friends. "Steal" what they are doing.
BTW Nathan is an SU iSchool graduate.
Jenny Novalis -- What is TechChat? They cover a variety of topics in their hands-on demonstrations and in their wiki. What is TechChat? A program/process. The TechChat wiki is a 24/7 reminder of what they learned. Besides the patron wiki, there is also a staff wiki. Staff can talk amongst themselves on the wiki and do brainstorming using the wiki.
What has staff reaction been? Yes, it is one more thing that they will have to learn. But they should see it as a benefit.
Joe Murphy -- Strategies for the Mobile Future of Libraries. These are the dominant device in our lives. Not sure cell phones, but smart phones. He trades about 400 text messages a day! OMG! He gets lots of info through text messages.
Text messaging is a way of information exchange, especially with doing reference.
Will be partnering with outside organizations to provide features.
He believes we should be able to engage our libraries and our library accounts with SMS (text messages).
Mobile apps are truly important and people are looking for them. They are downloaded, customizable. He wants these apps to be full functioning, just like the apps we're using on our computers.
BTW he used is cell phone for his notes during the presentation.
We do need to understand how to build and manage these services. They will not be "IT things". We need to understand how to market these apps, so they are findable by people who need them.
He believes that associations (and he mentioned SLA by name) should have mobile applications.
"It's not just about Twitter." (Nice closing statement.)
Madeline Kreischer -- Going to talk about the failed Facebook experiment. She is a federal court librarian. They were trying to use social networking to interact with the law clerks. They knew they wouldn't be able to interact with the judges. They decided to use Facebook. She felt that if people stay the Facebook page for the law library in action, then they would endorse it.
She created a Facebook page for the law library with lots of information on it. How could someone say "no" to that?
- Reach a wider audience
- Meet expectations
- Change attitudes
- Reach a wider audience
- Real and perceived security risks
- and others
- The IT Dept.
- The judges
- the fear-mongers
- Other librarians
Bottom line "Hang in there!"
Who did the best presentation? Three-way tie, but the winner was Joe!
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Ongoing: If you are an organization that frequently hires people to do presentations or workshops, consider placing information on your web site for the speakers/trainers, so they can access it at any time. For example:
- You may want to follow-up with event feedback (formal or informal). That information is always appreciated.
- Make sure that the presenter understands any remaining responsibilities (invoice, statement of expenses, whatever) .
- Consider asking the speaker/training what could have been differently and be open to whatever feedback you receive.
When you contact a possible presenter, it would then be easy to point the person to this information. In addition, anyone who wanted to propose an event could look at this information in advance of doing the propose. (Yes, that means that you do not hide this information on your web site.)
- Photos of your conference rooms and/or training labs.
- Information on the equipment available (hardware and software).
- Copies of any forms you require.
- Links to information about the area. Your local Chamber of Commerce likely maintains information on the area that you can link to. This is great information for speakers/trainers who are coming from out-of-town.
- If there are specific hotels, eateries, cab companies, airport, etc. that you use/recommend, include that.
Advice to presenters/trainers: If you read the information above, likely you can see some questions you might ask, etc., but here is some advice just for you.
- Ask questions. If you need more information, ask for it.
- Be clear about your needs/requirements and do that upfront.
- Don't make assumptions about the event, the organization, the budget, etc.
- Understand that the organization may not be accommodate all of your needs.
- Read all of the information that you are sent from the organization and complete all of the forms.
- Hit any deadlines that the organization puts in place. If you want to move a deadline, ask in advance if a deadline is actually movable.
- Be willing to negotiate, but also understand that somethings may not be negotiable.
- Remember that you were hired for a reason. Be sure that you keep that reason in mind.
Comments on this post are definitely welcome! Please add your advice, words of wisdom, etc.
- Why I'm Not Joining ALA Right Now After All -- Unfortunately, Jenny reports that the comments to this post have been lost. Those comments were excellent. Her post is still worth reading.
- Cites & Insights, v., 7, n. 7, pp. 23 - 26
- conference technology planning