CIL 2007 – Some post conference reflections

Wow, what a great time I had at Computers in Libraries 2007 and what a conference.

I was very fortunate to spend time and make friends in the bloggers corner with Michael Sauers (Travelin Librarian), Louise Alcorn (Librarian Rants), Laura Solomon (Library Greek Woes), Connie Crosby and also with David Free (David’s Random Stuff) and David Lee King at various times during the conference. Hi all! And thanks for the powerstrip access Michael!

It was also fun to be Twittering and meeting with these great people and many others such as Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to be Free), Nicole Engard (What I learned Today), Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian), Aaron Schmidt (Walking Paper), Roy Tennant (Tech Essence), Jane Dysart and many more.

I also got to meet some great people who I will/have visited since the conference, including the delightful Helene Blowers (Library Bytes) (watch for her in Australia in the next year, including at VALA), Karen Huffman – who I shared a lovely dinner and speaking session with, John Blyberg – (but only in passing), Glenn Peterson and other great librarians from Hennepin and the inspiring Chrystie Hill from Web Junction. I was definitely on a biblioblogger junkie trip. Thanks also to Polly Farrington and the other Library2.0 Ning network members, it was cool dining and chatting with you.

So to sum up, the networking was awesome! I got a few books and had them signed by the authors – awesome, as well as taking away some awesome stuff for the conference. I don’t know if it was the conference, the focus of it, or both, but it didn’t matter what sort of library you came from, or what sort of library was presenting, you could take something usable back to your library service. I have enough from the conference alone to keep me busy and inspired for at least a year. And I’ve also added a few more blogs to my feed reader which will keep me even busier. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

The conference was great, the networking was awesome and I feel like the potential for me and my library is almost limitless. I’ll calm down a bit before I get home though, because I do want to achieve something – the biggest problem will be what to start with!


    • Kathryn Greenhill on April 22, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Just Awesome Michelle. Hooray for the advent of twitter critical mass before your study tour.

    Now you’ve made the connections, as a good connecting librarian should :), let’s put you to work getting some more of these fine folk out to visit Australia.

    • Michelle McLean on April 22, 2007 at 1:05 am

    Absolutely Kathryn, I’ll be happy to use any influence I have to do that. Helene Blowers is already coming, so I’ll catch up with her then.

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