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Rob Lenholt writes "As a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (June 24 - 29, 2004), I am looking for a few good volunteers to work two hour shifts at various booths and functions. Anyone interested should please visit our website at:http://www.stetson.edu/library/ALA2004LA.htmlThanks for your time.Rob LenholtAssistant ProfessorElectronic Services LibrarianduPont-Ball LibraryStetson UniversityDeLand, FL386 822 4039"
Blake left a few links about the Washington, D.C.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recent conference entitled "Freedom 2.0: Distributed Democracy." It received some coverage from TelecomWeb.
"The two-day policy conference featured panels, keynote presentations, and workshops on wide-ranging topics such as transparency, government oversight, the "Public Voice," privacy activism, anonymity and identity, and trustworthy computing."
Here's Library Journal's annual overview of ALA's upcoming conference in Orlando. Whether or not you agree with John Berry's take on the worthiness of individual sessions, I find this to be a very valuable pre-conference overview of programs.
Still no word on whether or not last year's LISNewzter summit will become an annual event. Maybe there's no room big enough in Orlando to keep the LISNews Jets and the Sharks at a safe distance. I'm certainly up for something and would be happy to coordinate a time, if folks want to send me their free times. rochelle at lisnews dot org
I've always been a bit of an exhibit snob, poo-pooing the exhibit hall as a bit of unneccesary fluff that, frankly, I didn't have time for. At Midwinter, however, I learned that it's exhibitors who make conference (relatively) affordable for attendees. Were it not for exhibitors, registration fees would be several hundred dollars. Apparently, exhibit hall traffic at Midwinter was so low, that members of the Exhibits Round Table (ERT) threatened to pull out if ALA didn't institute a no-conflicts time that would give members an open period during which they could visit with vendors, scoop up free pens and get their picture taken with Elvis. ALA heard and responded to the concerns. Here's an editorial from Library Journal with more details. See you in Orlando where I'll be putting in time at both the Public Programs Office and U of Illinois booths in the exhibit hall!
Librarians are invited (but not obliged) to stay in a separate hotel (a quiet one, of course) when they attend BookExpo in Chicago next month from June 4-6.
The conference keynote will be given by (auto)biographer and former President Bill Clinton, who, reports have it, will be showing up late.
Here's the invite for the Claridge Hotel from the BookExpo website.
10 Things I've Learned Presenting at Library Conferences, by Michael Stephens, a librarian, technology trainer and author living in Northern Indiana.
1. Always be prepared.
2. If presenting in a track, try to be present for the other speakers.
brat librarian writes, "What's the most you've ever paid for wireless acess? ALA wants to
charge people $25 per day or an astonishing $5 per hour for wireless acess, which for many could double the cost of the conference. Since a wi-fi hub just requires a $100 router and some know-how, where did this number come from? Technobiblio explores the issue, as does Librarian.net."
The 2004 Annual OVGTSL Conference will be held Wednesday, May 12 to Friday, May 14 in Louisville, Kentucky with the theme "Technical Services = User Services: Making the Connection." This year's keynote speaker will be Janet Swan Hill, Director of Technical Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Other invited speakers are Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of Libraries at Eastern Kentucky University and Glenn Patton, Director of the WorldCat Content Management Division of OCLC.
The North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Sciences and NASIG's Continuing Education Committee are co-sponsoring the Thirteenth North Carolina Serials Conference, April 15-16. The conference title is Opening Pandora's Box: Managing the Chaos of Serials Resources.From the announcement email: "Feeling overwhelmed, and fearing that even Hope has deserted you? Come hear about the latest developments and techniques for restoring order from chaos."