Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Library 2.0 Seminar Day One

I spent the day at the Library 2.0 seminar being held here at Ohio State. There were about 70 people at the location with 135 signed up for the webcast.

The day started with Steven Bell (The Kept-Up Academic Librarian) presenting It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Web 2.0 World: Hidden Treasure or Just More Pressure? Steven provided a nice keynote. Steven had a great prop, which must have cause questions at airport security. He had a ratchet, a bolt, and a chunk of 2x4. He used it to demonstrate how the influx of technology ratchets up ones stress level. He suggested that librarians needed to find ways to flip the switch on the back of the ratchet and release the pressure.

Chad Boeninger (Library Voice) then presented "Wikis in Libraries: Enhancing Services, Promoting Sources, and Building Community? Chad went over the ways in which a wiki can be used in the library, demonstrated how one is maintained, and provided information locally installed and hosted services.

After lunch Brian Mathews (Ubiquitous Librarian) offered up "Social Context - A Place for Libraries on the Social Web". Brian presnted a great overview of the socail aspects of the web and how libraries are, and can, leverage the tools that are already available.

Unfortunately, I missed Ken Varnum's (RSS4Lib) presentation "RSS Basics and Beyond: Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most out of Syndicated Content" due to a prior commitment.

I was originally scheduled to present 'Mashups' in the PM on Thursday but was moved up to 9 am. I am still editing my presentation and it will be posted in the next few days.

It is an interesting phenomenon when one goes to a conference and you recognize people from their blog names and their real names! Last month I was having a drink with a group of people after a presentation and unbeknown to me sitting across from me was the Krafty Librarian. Sphere: Related Content

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