Monthly Archives: June 2008

Another interesting day at ALA…

The day started when I nearly got run down by the librarians sprinting, yes I said that correctly, down the aisle in front of the booth as soon as the Exhibits Hall opened at 9.  I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with some of our alumni, one of whom was Valerie Fineman class of ’66.  She was regaling me with stories about learning from Marta Dosa and Anje Lemke.  She also told me that she was working on Loriene Roy’s Capturing Our Stories project, which is collecting the stories of retired librarians.

After my shift, I went to an incredibly interesting session on how the federal government is using Web 2.0 technologies to help them operate.  The speakers came from the Department of State, Library of Congress, CIA, and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).  The Department of State speakers talked about how they are using blogs and wikis to help share information with their employees around the world.  The Library of Congress employee talked about the Flickr project and also about the government presence in virtual worlds.  Finally, the CIA and NGA personnel spoke about the development and uses of Intellipedia – a combination of tags, blogs, wikis, and other Web 2.0 tools.

The final session that I went to today featured speakers from the Office of the Clerk (US House of Representatives) and one of the Senate librarians.  They spoke about how they support the US Congress by providing information.

The evening wrapped with the Collaborative Library Studies Alumni Reunion at the Disneyland Hotel.  Sue Corieri, Ben Goldman, Aaron Tan, Scott Nicholson, Katie Schisa, Ken Lavender, Kathy Lulofs, and I represented the iSchool.  We had about six to eight alumni show up including recent graduates Kristen Blake and Heather Davidson.

 

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A very busy day…

This morning I got up nice and early because I went to a session at 8 and decided to walk to the hotel.  the session was called “Are you Game?”. It was about using games to reach millenial learners.  I thought the session was really good and was disappointed that I had to leave early to go to another meeting.  The second meeting that I went to was the Games and Gaming Member Interest Group.  This is a brand new interest group that was formed during the 2008 Midwinter meeting by Scott Nicholson with some help from some other very active gamers such as Jenny Levine (ALA), Brian Mayer (Genessee Valley BOCES), Christopher H.(sorry, I can’t remember his last name right now), also from Genessee Valley, and some others whose names I did not catch.  This group was largely spent discussing upcoming gaming events, but also setting up the brand new groups steering committee. 

After lunch, I worked at the SU booth in the Exhibits Hall – I got to meet a lot of alums and other people.  I also saw Penelope Klein of CLRC again. 

And I thought 22 hours of being awake was long…

So I had a long day yesterday, and when I tried to go to sleep at 9:30 – fireworks went off!  I am right across the street from Disneyland.

Also, the sign in front of the Anaheim Convention Center had a nice little sign.

On to today:

I went to  an absolutely outstanding preconference session on Careers in Federal Libraries.  The panel consisted of many different federal librarians – LC, GAO, Navy, Civilian military, DOD teacher librarian, Foreign Office, and even a contractor.  They told what they did in their careers and then answered questions for the group.  They talked about how to read federal job postings and know more about what they mean.  They also suggested searching both USAJobs.gov and the individual agency sites.  They also talked about how the skills you may get in another job will help you in a federal library.

In addition to the panel, we also had a professor from LSU speak on the use of internships, practicum, and field experience.  This part of the presentation was not as exciting.  I suspect a large part of this was because her experience is at LSU and the language, etc. differs slightly from what we have at Syracuse.  However, we did learn that FLICC has a wiki with internship postings.

In the afternon we had the ALA Placement Office in to give us an Interviewing 101 class.  It was FANTASTIC!  Vicki Burger led the session and talked about all the stuff that you should do when you go for an interview.  She said that the handouts would soon be posted online, but as of right now I do not have the link.

NMRT’s Conference 101 was a dud after the great session earlier – I was promised a fun overview of what to expect at the conference, but the only fun I got was meeting 3 UCLA library science students, with whom I went out to dinner.  We did do some comparison of courses and apparently they have an Ethics, Diversity, and Change course which they do not like much in its current state.  At dinner I ran into Penelope Klein – the director of the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC).  It was really neat to find someone I knew from back in Syracuse!

After dinner, I went to the Open Gaming Night at ALA.  Of course our very own Scott Nicholson was there along with Jenny Levine and a guest appearance by Lorene Roy, president of ALA.  She was there to award the inaugural Presidential Citations for gaming.  There were board games, DDR, RockStar, WiiSports, and MarioKart Wii going on.  There were representatives from gaming companies as well as Verizon (sponsor), and librarians of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels.  I had a blast meeting people and playing games.  Scott also recorded the July episode of the Games in Libraries Podcast tonight.

Librarians at the Open Gaming Night

Yup, that’s our very own Scott Nicholson teaching librarians how to play Wits and Wagers.

 Wow! I’m tired… and I’ll be up again in about 6 or 7 hours.

An already very long day…

9 am (EDT) – Cincinnati airport (KY)

            The invasion of the librarians has begun.  I am on the only direct flight from Cincinnati to Orange County and I counted at least 3 AECTS bags and 2 ACRL bags on librarians milling around waiting to board the flight.  There have to be at least a dozen librarians on board this flight (probably more as it is a full flight!).  I am sitting on the aisle with three librarians around me and we were discussing how much stuff there is to do at ALA and how are we going to do it all?

            As I look around the seats (somewhere over Middle America), many of the librarians are reading conference materials or books.  I confess – I was reading conference stuff too, until I decided to work on another project that I have on my plate right now.

            As librarians, we have our image.  I was speaking with one gentleman as we were waiting on the walkway and I mentioned that there were probably a lot of librarians. He said something along the lines of: so I guess I’ll see a lot of people reading books.

            Coming from above 36,000 feet over Evansville, IN (the captain just informed us) – I’m getting excited!

12:15 pm (PDT) – Anaheim Convention Center

            I made it and I already have my bright orange goodie bag too!  On the bus to the hotel from the airport I met a librarian from Liverpool (NY) Public Library!  This place is big and my hotel is right across the street from Disneyland and Downtown Disney – it’s a little overwhelming.

            Anyway, I cannot wait for tomorrow and my first real day at the conference.  Rambling along in sunny CA…

The sign at the Anaheim Convention Center to show one and all who is invading Anaheim!

You may not believe it but this is the view of Disneyland from the front of the hotel!  It’s right across the street!

ALA Annual less than 24 hours away…

So I leave tomorrow for Anaheim and I am getting pretty excited.  There are all these sessions that I really want to attend, but what human can go nonstop all the time and be in multiple places at once.  I’ll keep all of you up-to-date on what’s going on…