I’m pleased to be able to report a successful running of a BarCamp here earlier this week. Billed as BarCampOhio/LibraryCampOhio — a mixture of .com and library technologists — we had a good turnout and a lively discussion on a variety of topics. Thanks and gratitude go out to OCLC for offering the space free-of-charge and to T-Mobile for sponsoring the event lunch.
We had about 35 people for the event, including out-of-state’rs from Pennsylvania and Maryland. Being a BarCamp, some of the most valuable conversations were the ones that weren’t organized, but among the organized topics the participants talked about Drupal, social media / marketing / community building, hardware and software management, virtualization and cloud computing, and SOLR.
This is a preview of A Successful BarCampOhio/LibraryCampOhio. Read the full post (828 words, 3:19 minutes estimated reading time)
First and foremost: This is NOT a conference. Do not expect to be talked at by an ‘expert’ behind a podium. This is an event similar to getting together with some friends at a bar to talk. That’s the “bar” part of BarCamp. The “camp” part is a little much for us to pull off so if you do read the BarCamp page, keep in mind that you do NOT need to bring a sleeping bag.
This is a preview of Registration Open for BarCampOhio/LibraryCampOhio (August 11, 2008). Read the full post (240 words, 2 images, 58 seconds estimated reading time)
In March, I gave a presentation at the NISO forum on Next Generation Discovery Tools: New Tools, Aging Standards. For those that were there, you may remember the bulk of the presentation was in the screencast tours of the functionality of 10 OPAC enhancement tools. Topping out at over 750MB, the presentation file was too big to share, but I promised to put together a combination of the presentation audio and the screencast videos in a much more manageable size. That video, along with a cleaned up version of the audio, is posted below.
This is a preview of Video Tour of OPAC Discovery Layer Tools. Read the full post (227 words, 54 seconds estimated reading time)
The American Library Association annual conference is getting more social each year, and as a long-time member of ALA and often a critic of the, well, un-togetherness of ALA’s electronic capabilities, it is nice to see the trend continuing this year. Take, for instance, the Blogger’s Room. Initially just a LITA thing, it is now being promoted as an association-wide service. As I write this, that page has about two dozen entries for individual and group blogs that say they will be covering conference events.
This is a preview of ALA Annual Goes Social. Read the full post (429 words, 1 image, 1:43 minutes estimated reading time)
First, kudos to the vendor that runs the ALA Meeting Planner website. They listened to suggestions and now include a way to download your event planner information to your desktop/handheld device using the iCalendarstandard. It is available from the “Downloads and Printing” page of your meeting planner homepage. (You’ll need to sign in using the e-mail address listed on your ALA Annual Registration form plus the password “ala”.) Jump down to the end and select the “iCAL” button next to “Personal Itinerary” to download the iCalendar file.
This is a preview of Downloading the ALA Annual Meeting Planner to Your Mac iCal. Read the full post (405 words, 1 image, 1:37 minutes estimated reading time)
Here is my planned schedule for ALA Annual in Anaheim. Reality, of course, may be different. If anyone is interested in talking about electronic textbooks, discovery interfaces and their underlying indexing structures, and service-oriented architecture for library services, please get in touch with me and let’s see if we can find a time to get together.
Friday, June 27
11:30 AM — Private meeting
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM — OCLC Symposium: The Mashed-Up Library (Marriot; Platinum Ballroom)
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM — LITA Happy Hour (Mist Pool Bar at Hotel Menage)
Saturday, June 28
This is a preview of Schedule for ALA Annual 2008. Read the full post (360 words, 1:26 minutes estimated reading time)
NISO is conducting a workshop later this month called Next Generation Discovery: New Tools, Aging Standards. The workshop is described this way: “Discovering scholarly information and data is essential for research and use of the content that the information community is producing and making available. The development of knowledge bases, web systems, repositories, and other sources for this information brings the need for effective discovery — search-driven discovery and network (or browse) driven discovery — tools to the forefront. With new tools and systems emerging, however, are standards keeping pace with the next generation of tools? What’s coming up and where might standards fit to assist in this arena? The forum will include both a look at the current state of discovery tools and at new visions of what these tools might look like in the next several years.”
This is a preview of NISO Workshop Exploring the Discovery Layer; March 27-28, 2008; Chapel Hill, NC. Read the full post (329 words, 1:19 minutes estimated reading time)
The Columbus Metropolitan Library, OCLC, and Ohio State University and OhioLINK have put in a bid as host site for the 2009 Code4Lib meeting. Code4Lib is an informal organization of self-selected librarians and technology professionals. It exists as a volunteer organization run by consensus of interested individuals. The meeting in 2009 will be the fifth fourth1 face-to-face meeting of this group. Details of the central Ohio host location proposal are on the web at http://roytennant.com/code4lib2009.html
Information about becoming a member of the Code4Lib community and voting in the host site selection process are included below.
This is a preview of Voting open for Code4Lib 2009; Central Ohio is a candidate. Read the full post (466 words, 1:52 minutes estimated reading time)