Monday, May 04, 2009

Participate in the MLA09 Tech Trends Panel - Virtually. #mla09tech

I will be a virtual presenter at the Technology Trends Panel at the 2009 Medical Library Association Conference. One of the topics I will be covering will be virtual conference attendance

As a part of my research, I decided to play around with a service called CoverItLive  I first used the CiL service to virtually attend the 2009 Computers in Libraries conference. (yes, both use the same CiL acronym). 

CiL is designed to provide a live stream from any event. Organizers can select any number of authors to provide live 'blogging.' Participants can then comment on those postings. Twitter streams can be imported into the CiL feed based on specific accounts or custom hash tags. This is nice since it does not require participants to post at two sites. Other useful features include including embedding videos, asking poll questions, and the archiving of CiL sessions.  

As a participant, there is really nothing to do during a CiL live event other than read, watch, and occasionally send a comment or vote. 

I decided to set up a CiL site for the Tech Trends Panel as a pilot. It will make use of Twitter updates that use the hash tag #mla09tech. I will also embed the two videos presented and any additional resources.  

Feel free to sign up for the session with a reminder below. It is also important to note that the only support for the site will be five zones away from the conference. 

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