I’ll be doubling up on Things 6&7 because they’re related: both about networks. Thing 6 is about online networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook, and library-specific ones like LISNPN, LATnetwork (Librarians as Teachers Network) and CILIP communities (or for those of us in the US, ALA Connect). I’m adding Twitter, because this is the one I used most often for online networking.
The ALA Annual Conference is this weekend, and I thought I’d do a quick roundup of some tips for new attendees I’ve seen over the past few weeks. My first ALA was the 2009 conference in Chicago, and I did not plan as well as I should have. I did take a look at the preliminary schedule and picked out sessions I was interested in, but I didn’t know about any of the social events, didn’t really map out my schedule to see if it was feasible to get between sometimes fairly far-flung locations, and didn’t take advantage of all the services on offer. Don’t let this happen to you!
I find myself with some extra time before I leave for the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, so I thought I’d jot down a quick post about my schedule in case anyone is going to the same events and wants to say hi. Due to alarm clock issues, I missed my 5:40 AM flight this morning. Luckily, the United Airlines agent at the ticket desk was able to rebook me on a later flight. I’m so grateful for this since nearly everything was all booked up. So, I’m now leaving this afternoon and will arrive just after midnight. Find me tomorrow around the conference center – I’ll be the groggy one with the extra-large coffee.
Every year after the ALA elections, I feel like there’s a flurry of comments online about how disappointing it is that such a low percentage of eligible voters actually submit a ballot – approximately 1 in 5 people voted this year. It makes for a popular topic of lamentation for a while and then seems to be forgotten until next time. This year, however, after a conversation in the ALA Think Tank Facebook group, Oleg Kagan decided to do something to find out why. In the spirit of #makeithappen, he put together a short survey for ALA members who did not vote to indicate their reasons and what might prompt them to participate in the future. The survey had a good response, thanks to the efforts of various Think Tankers in spreading the word and its inclusion in the AL Direct newsletter. Oleg has posted the results, along with analysis, on his blog. He has also made available his spreadsheets of both the raw and cleaned up survey responses in case anyone else would like to perform their own analyses on the data.
This morning I attended a webinar on Tech Trends from ALA TechSource. The webinar featured three panelists who looked back at their experiences at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Washington to see what stood out as trends in library technology. Since I did not get the chance to attend ALA this year, I was really interested in this topic, and I was disappointed when the original webinar was cancelled due to technical difficulties.