Internet Librarian 2005

I didn’t go to the Internet Librarian conference in the US, but I got plenty out of it thanks to the faithful bloggers who attended.

Michael, from Tame the Web was a presenter, but also a very enthusiastic attendee, who summed up the key points for him. You can check them out at Tame the Web.

The things that stood out for me were:

  • There are enthusiastic staff out there, like me, who are interested in new technologies and serving their users and are keen to link the two up
  • That I am doing the right thing in keeping in touch with technological changes. In doing so, I can help my service and my users ensure that we are not left behind – especially with everything changing so dramatically and so quickly
  • Playing with new technology is not optional, it is essential

Elizabeth Lawley summarised Mary Ellen Bates’ search tips talk at
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. Mary Ellen Bates is a legend in the field – I attended a training day with her in Melbourne last year and it was a huge eye opener for me, as well as everyone around me.

From her list of highlights, the following were valuable to me:

  • The creative commons is another source for images, audio and tools
  • Ask Jeeves allows you to create webliographies
  • Use other searchers experience, via Google Answers
  • Search podcasts
  • Wikipedia is a legitimate source to use (more on that in a future post)
  • Find deep web content through blogs (what an awesome idea!)

There was so much more about Web 2.0 and social applications (more later), but the most classic thing I have come across so far, was from Lee Rainey’s keynote as blogged on Dave’s blog. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), becoming more commonplace in libraries, is already being used extensively in transport to keep track of shipments. That much I knew. What I didn’t know, is that you can get golf balls with RFID now too! I will have to get some for my dad!