Conferences

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RKB & Andy Woodworth in the booth

Andy Woodworth & Robin K. Blum (birdie) chilling in the In My Book booth at PLA12 in Philadelphia. Good busy conference, thanks to all who came by.

Unofficial SXSWi Primer for Rowdy Librarians

Paul Vinelli writes: "I'm a graduate student in the School of Information at UT-Austin, and I've been working with organizers from around the country to prepare meetups and activities for librarians coming into town for SXSW Interactive. Along those lines, I've prepared a presentation entitled "Unofficial SXSWi Primer for Rowdy Librarians." The presentation is geared towards those in the information science field, and it's designed for all SXSWi attendees, regardless of whether they can afford a badge.. I was looking to share the presentation with the larger library community before SXSWi starts next week. If you think this is a worthy contribution to pass along to others, please feel free to let folks know about it. The link to the Slideshare presentation is:

http://slidesha.re/ylzBB9

Internet Librarian 2012 Call For Speakers Is Open

Internet Librarian 2012 Call For Speakers Is Open
Be a part of the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, manage libraries and digital information, and enhance the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities.

This year's event will be held October 22-24 in Monterey, California and the theme is Transformational Power of Internet Librarians: Promise & Prospect

We've got a list below of some topics we hope to cover, but don't let this list limit your imagination! Share your experience, submit a proposal today!

Librarians of America Just About Destroyed Wild Salsa on Saturday Night

Librarians of America Just About Destroyed Wild Salsa on Saturday Night
As Scott mentioned, the conference organizers had actually suggested Wild Salsa, and the librarians apparently listened. A bartender mentioned that it was the busiest the restaurant's ever been, and a manager told they had to call in reinforcements, including staff from other links in the DRG Concepts chain, which owns Wild Salsa.

The Concerned Librarian’s Guide to the 2012 ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall

The Concerned Librarian’s Guide to the 2012 ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall
With a number of issues floating around libraryland at the present moment, there has been talk in some of the my social circles about what to do about them. Specifically, how to approach tackling them as it relates to library vendors who have expressed support for legislation that has the potential to impede or block access to information (directly or as collateral damage). As the ALA Midwinter Meeting is just around the corner, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for librarians to meet with company representatives to discuss their concerns about current contentious legislation (such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Research Works Act (RWA)) as well as ongoing concerns (such as library eBook lending). Lest some perseverate or advocate for delaying action, our professional conferences are the best venue to voice our concerns face-to-face for the wide array of actions that have the potential to interfere with information access and exchange. This is not the time to waiver on our values and principles.

Be On the Look Out for Large Groups of Hungry Librarians Lurking in Dallas Restaurants

This headline cracked me up: "Be On the Look Out for Large Groups of Hungry Librarians Lurking in Dallas Restaurants"
?The Magazine of the American Library Association has been compiling information for prospective attendees to its Midwinter Meeting, hosted here in Dallas at the end of January. The most interesting tidbit the head librarians have offered on their blog? A dining list for librarians, by librarians.

Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?

This post reproduces the notes taken by Harriet Sonne de Torrens, as well as some slides shown, at "Academic Librarianship: A Crisis or Opportunity?" held at University of Toronto on 18 November 2011. If you're wondering why this conference was convened, take a look at "McMastergate in chronological order, or, Do libraries need librarians?" and "UWO Librarian Strike Ends As Both Sides Ratify New Agreement." More...

A Digital Public Library of America Conference Perspectives and Directions

The National Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions
October 11, 2011, 9am - 5pm
Columbia University, School of International & Public Affairs
New York City

The major issues to be discussed by the best speakers on the topic:
a national digital public library;
the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and the perspective of U.S. publishers

The speakers are, respectively,
Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library
Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and
Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Publishers, and
Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and ILIAC (co-sponsor organization) President, Moscow, Russia, will speak about digital libraries in Russia and their availability to the public.

These are the key URLs:
http://unabashedlibrarian.com/ul-conferences/2011-conference (Conference information)
http://unabashedlibrarian.com/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=conference_reg_11 (Registration Form)

Complete Announcement Follows: -- Read More

A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions

Come One, Come All!
Not the Last Word, But the Best Word to Date:
A Digital Public Library of America:
Perspectives and Directions
Fourth Annual International Conference Sponsors:Columbia University Libraries & Harriman Institute,
ILIAC
(International Library Information and Analytic Center; Offices in Moscow & Washington D.C.) andThe U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian (also conference organizer)
at
Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs
Kellogg Center, 15th Floor
420 West 118th Street
New York City
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
9:00am – 4:00pm

Registration:
Early Bird Special (by September 15th: $90
METRO, LACUNY, NYLA Connecticut Library Association, NJLA, AAP, member: $100
Unaffiliated: $115
U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian Subscriber: $100
The top three people in the country to speak on the issues of:
· a national digital public library;
· the legal ramifications of the Google BookSearch Settlement—most especially copyright and the digital objectives of libraries; and
· the perspective of U.S. publishers

They are respective -- Read More

BookExpo America Loves Librarians

...and here's the 'official' BEA Librarians blog. Why does BEA love librarians? Hmmm, probably because there are fewer and fewer bookstores around :(. [birdie's request: please support your local bookstores and partner with them whenever possible].

This month's entry includes YA, Middle Grade, Non-Fiction and Fiction favorites and asks librarians...what do YOU like? Check it out.

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