The Final Day–SLA 2011

I realize that this one has been a while coming, but I needed the time to get back into the swing of things after getting home from SLA2011.  So here’s the run down – I went to several outstanding sessions on Wednesday.  The first being the spotlight session with Hyrum Smith of Franklin Covey titled the Power of Perception.  This session was amazing.  Not only is Mr. Smith an outstanding speaker, but he is also very engaging, bringing those that were trying to hide at the back to the front to participate in a variety of activities that will both support research for his book and help those in attendance, both in person and virtually.

The biggest focus of this presentation was on what he called the “belief window” and how it shapes everything that we do.  The most important part of all of this is that we remember that failure is a part of growth.  We are all affected by what we believe, but this can also be changed if we examine what is causing the action – the belief.  It is okay to work with others to attack the belief as long as we are not attacking the person.  If you have access to the virtual conference presentations, I strongly encourage you to check this session out.

I then went to a session on how competitive intelligence professionals can help their sales and marketing personnel.  It was very interesting and detailed, so the best I can do is summarize it.  The suggestions were join different organizations so that you have access to their lists and databases, work together with your sales and marketing teams to develop a two way street, reward those that bring you good intelligence, and make sure that others know the value of the service you are providing.

The final session that I went to prior to the big close was on Mining Public Records.  This was a very good session and the detailed slides are available via the conference website and slideshare  I encourage you to check them out.

The conference ended on a high note with James Kane closing it out – loyalty is about making a connection with the other person or individual.  Then some of our librarians danced us out and had us looking forwards to Chicago 2012!

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The Science of Ice Cream???!

Day Three in Philadelphia found me exploring the science behind the making of ice cream.  I learned an awful lot – did you know that there are regulations in both the United States and Japan dictating what can and cannot be recognized as ice cream.  Also, ice cream must have certain ingredients and meet other criteria otherwise it can be considered one of the many other frozen dairy-based products.

One of the main things that struck me was the fact that ice cream does not really give us it’s creamy nature and distinct and disparate flavors until moments after we actually lick or bite the ice cream.  Unfortunately much of the science went over my head when he started getting specific.  I don’t know much about chain reactions or polymers so I apologize if I haven’t done the session justice.

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SLA Day 3–Digital Consortia

So, yesterday I attended a program that consisted of three presentations about what it took to set up a digital consortium.  I’ll be honest, I did not stay for the discussion because I had to go meet with a vendor, but I did see the presentation part.   It was very interesting with speakers: Kathy Buker from the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Aaron Trehub from Auburn University, and Connie Rendfield from the Indiana State Library.  Each talked about the consortium that they developed to share historical and cultural documents from their partners.

Each talked about the projects that they helped to administer: CARL (CGSC), AlabamaMosaic and the Indiana Memory Project.  Each spoke on how the project was set up and run based on the following criteria: motivation, partners, decision-making, systems and metadata, training, engagement and sustainability.  The notes from  this presentation are being made available on the conference website.

 

Phillies Phever at the Baseball Caucus! @SLA2011

Tony Landolt and the Baseball Caucus put on yet another memorable session.  As a lifelong Phillies Phan – I’ve had this session on my radar for two years!  Who would they get and would it be a Phillie or ex-Phillie? I even deliberately chose my outfit yesterday, wearing  a red top and sweater – not quite Phillies red, but then that would be hard to do in a more professional environment. That and I left my Phillies hats at home Sad smile.

When  I walked into the room, I turned around to look to see who was there and I see the very familiar face of ESPN analyst and former Phillies centerfielder #6 Doug Glanville.  He of the speedy legs and great smile (yep, that’s what I remember most).  I totally had to get up the courage to ask if he would take this picture with me.  It took three tries, but this one isn’t too bad.

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Doug Glanville (@dougglanville) spoke first and wow, is he an amazing speaker. He had us all in stitches remembering what he went through as a player and also some of the work he’s done since.  One of my favorite stories, one posted last week on ESPN’s website, is about what it’s like to be a first round draft pick and the disastrous night he spent with his first spring training.  In addition, he shared the stories of what it is like to work on the Baseball Tonight/Outside the Lines sets.  The folks in the audience had a wide variety of questions for the former player and he happily answered them.  Unfortunately, he was a late addition to the program and had to leave all too soon.  It would have been nice to talk to him or get a copy of his book The Game from where I stand signed.

All was not lost, he was followed by the always a character, member of the 1980 World Champion Phillies – Dickie Noles, the only player to be traded — for himself!  He was the player to be named later in the trade.  Dickie continues to work for the Phillies and had a great story involving Mariano Rivera (NY Yankees) and Dane Sardinha (Phillies).  The stories that Dickie Noles told during the session had us all laughing even harder, especially when he imitated his brother’s southern drawl.  What a great speaker!

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The third speaker was actress Nadia Dajani of the “The Big C” and “Caught off base”.  She may have tweeted that these two gentlemen were a tough act to follow, but she did so more than adequately.  She is a baseball nut from the word go – relating to us the story of how she was sure that she was going to marry Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees when she was thirteen.  She had the folks in stitches too.  In an homage to Philadelphia, she shared a Tug McGraw story from one of the Legends games that she had played in. That’s right – she plays hardball, real baseball.

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As a special treat, the caucus rewarded Tony for all his work.  Then, yes, there’s more, former Phillies organist Paul Richardson’s wife who was in the audience shared some of her husband’s collection from all his years with the Phillies.  He is the only Phillie to have played in Shibe Park, Veterans Stadium, and Citizens  Bank Park.

After the session, I went up to talk to both Nadia Dajani and Dickie Noles. Yes, I was going up as a fan, but as a member of the Philadelphia Women’s Baseball League I also wanted to talk to Nadia about women playing baseball in the area. While explaining that we have this Labor Day tournament that the Phillies help us out with – here comes Dickie Noles and says that he’s heard something about it! Really blew me away!

Quick Recovery on SLA Day 2

Once I left the Veni, Vidi, Wiki session, I walked next door to the Military Libraries and Government Information Divisions Unconference as a part of the future ready concept spreading through SLA.  This was a winner!  For those of you who have never heard of an unconference, it is a place where there is no set agenda, but the conversation is guided by the participants.  Unfortunately having missed the beginning of the session, I do not know what was in the introduction.

However, once my group got started we really took off. We had a wide variety of information professionals from library school students to Department of Defense librarians to those from city governments.  With this wide variety of information professionals we had very differing opinions on social media.  I was live tweeting the event, so the rest of this entry can be found on Twitter via @kp_libe under the hashtags #sladgi and #sla_dmil.

Veni, Vidi, Wiki–or how not to present on collaboration

I am sure that the Veni, Vidi, Wiki presentation was supposed to be a wonderful presentation, even if the presenter had to present virtually.  However, without contact with the presenter, this presentation fell flat.  It was somewhat unfortunate that the presenter was not able to be here, but congratulations to Ms. Washburn on the birth of her child!

I stayed for about fifteen minutes – long enough to get her comprehensive definition of collaboration as well as a brief explanation of why she was not here.  However, when the person there “to push the button” explained this about half of the room walked out.  Another third walked out when the audio on the laptop did not work so that those of us in the back could not hear.

I hate to say it, but this was one session that did not live up to expectations.

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Crime Scene Philly: James Manasco

SciTech presented a wonderful interest session on Crime Scene Investigation with the Philadelphia FBI Office Evidence Response Team – Senior Team Leader: Gene Lanzillo.  The “murder” that we had to solve was that of University of Louisville librarian James Manasco – complete with crime scene photos!  Agent Lanzillo, allowed us to share what we saw in the crime scene photographs and then he would talk about how he would approach the scene and the photograph.

The attendees were also educated on what the responsibility of the FBI Evidence Response Team is and what stays at the state or local level.  Except for the Team Leader, all the other members are assigned other duties within the FBI and they are only part-time members of the team.  He did say that he was happy that while he had served many National Security letters – he’s never had to serve one to a library!  He also reminded us of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America – and there are no real exigent circumstances for murder, although death does negate a person’s right to privacy in a majority of circumstances.

The amount of training that the FBI agents originally receive is not much, but once selected to the Evidence Response Team there is much additional training.  Technicians do NOT do as Horatio Caine and Gil Hodges do on CSI – the are very methodical and careful, always wearing gloves, etc.

He also had some good take-aways for librarians:

  1. try to make no assumptions – ask yourself what do I actually see?
  2. Context is vital!

A very amusing and entertaining speech – if it runs again in the future I strongly recommend that any information professional attend.