Say Hi in Anaheim!

ALA AnnualI’m headed to Anaheim, CA next week for the ALA 2012 annual conference. Busy time, that conference! My time will be full of meetings, sessions, and the exhibit floor, touching base with a bunch of techie vendors.

I’ll be giving a few presentations while I’m there, too. Please stop by and say “hi!” Here’s where I’ll be:

  • Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.–noon. RUSA President’s Program: Library in Your Hand: Mobile Technologies for Exchanging Information with Patrons. The MARS Conference Program Planning Committee has produced a program on the use of mobile devices in libraries as communication tools between librarians and library patrons. Mobile devices are increasingly being used to provide libraries with the opportunity to disperse information at the exact point of need. This program will explore the importance of libraries supporting mobile technologies for the dissemination and acquisition of information. Other speakers include Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will speak about why libraries should embrace communicating with patrons through mobile devices, and Kristin Antelman, Associate Director for the Digital Library at NCSU Libraries, will speak about mobile initiatives at NCSU including WolfWalk, a photographic guide to the history of NCSU optimized for mobile devices.
  • Monday, June 25, 2012, 8:00am to 10:00am. Let’s Work Together: Integrating Social Media, Online Marketing, and Outreach (RUSA). Speakers will discuss how their organizations have reinvented their online presence using social media as a way to interact with their communities. They’ll also address their personal and organizational investments in the implementation of an ongoing online, socially-interactive presence; give hints and advice regarding the implementation of new media and how these roles and responsibilities are assigned to staff; identify the criteria they used to develop their social media plan; and explain goals and measurement tools for keeping on track.  Other speakers include Jen Robinson, Marin County Free Library and Marshall Breeding.
  • Monday, June 25, 5:30pm – 7:00 pm. Battledecks! Battledecks is not for the faint of heart. It is a nerve-wracking event where those competing must create a coherent presentation from a deck of slides that they have never seen before. This is truly the perfect way to end your conference experience as these courageous individuals compete for the glory of being crowned the next champ.

Say hi if you see me, and cheer me on for Battledecks – I’ll need all the help I can get!

10 Reasons to Vote for Gina!

The American Library Association elections are 6 days away! With that in mind, the first thing I’ll say is this – if you are an ALA member, please just vote. Most ALA members, for one reason or another, don’t actually every get around to voting. So vote already – you are paying for the privilege, after all.

With that in mind … want 10 reasons to vote for Gina? Then watch this fun video, and enjoy! Visit her blog here … oh yeah, and make sure to vote!

Vote for Gina Millsap for ALA President!

Here’s the newest video from Gina Millsap, ALA presidential candidate, talking about why she’s running for ALA president, and what she plans to focus on.

Watch the video, and please vote – voting starts in 11 days! Also, please read Gina’s Why I’m running statement on her website, and check out her growing Endorsements page (and fill out the endorsements form yourself if you plan to vote for Gina!).

You might also check out the Guide to the 2012 ALA Elections, too.

Disclosures – Yes, I’m an ALA member. Yes, Gina’s my boss (well, technically speaking, my bosses’ boss). No, she didn’t ask me to post anything to my blog, or to vote for her for that matter – she’s cool that way. I’m voting for her because I think she’d make a great ALA president. And yes, I will probably post a couple more Vote for Gina blog posts in the next couple of weeks – stay tuned!

Vote for Gina Millsap for ALA President

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Gina Millsap is my library’s Executive Director. She’s also running for ALA President!

Interested in finding out more about Gina and what she’ll do as ALA president? Read about that here and here.

You can also connect with her in these places:

You can also show support for Gina and her ALA campaign by displaying this image on your website or blog and link to her website (I’m using it on my blog!):

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So – are you an ALA member? Voting is a little over a month away. Vote for Gina!

LibraryLab is up – check it out!

boing boing logoHave you heard about LibraryLab? The first LibraryLab post is up at Boing Boing.

What’s LibraryLab? From Boing Boing – “This is the first post from the fine folks of the American Library Association, which recently launched a member interest group called Library Boing Boing. They will be posting now and again as LibraryLab.”

The goal with LibraryLab is simple:

“[LibraryLab is] a collaboration between ALA and the fabulously amazing Boing Boing folks to highlight all of the great new things libraries are doing. The most visible result will be regular posts about those great new things on the Boing Boing site itself.

On the other hand, Library Boing Boing: The Group has its own goals to help happy mutants in local communities connect with their happy mutant librarians to do good, work together on our shared interests, and make the world more better.” (from the ALA Marginalia blog).

Make sure to read more about the interesting ALA interest group here and make sure to subscribe to LibraryLab and Boing Boing too!