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2.0 Outreach – Diversity Fair

2.0 outreach poster session
The New York Library Association’s Ethnic Services Roundtable held a Diversity Fair today. Organized by Zahra Baird, there were poster sessions highlighting library services to diverse communities. My poster was on using 2.0 tools to reach out to communities online. I had a steady stream of visitors and some great conversations.

Links to everything (and more) highlighted in the poster will be available soon at:

NYLA 2007 misc.

NYLA 2007 is almost over. One more day of programs. It’s been a terrific conference. Lots of good programs and events. Met tons of interesting people, met up with lots of friends, enjoyed some good food (alas, no wings). Next week, I’ll add more info on the sessions I attended.

NYLA 2007 – Presentations on SlideShare

Just did a quick “nyla 2007” search for presentations, blog posts, photos, links – anything about the conference. I was pleased to find some of the presentation slides already posted to

Currently there are slides for:

It’s so helpful to be able to preview a presentation to help choose which sessions to attend. Especially when there are any number of great sessions going on at the same time. Hope to see more presentations online during and after the conference.

NYLA – Social Networking Tools PreConference

Jill Hurst-Wahl presented a full day session on social networking tools at the New York Library Association meeting. She filled presented all sorts of terrific ideas for using social networking tools in libraries and answered many interesting questions from the participants. She encouraged everyone to experiment with the tools and consider how they might help libraries connect with patrons and each other, share content and collaborate.

Specific tools discussed included:

  • Facebook
  • Skype
  • Twitter
  • LibraryThing
  • Twitter
  • slideshare
  • YouTube
  • delicious
  • Google Docs
  • Zoho

Other topics included wikis, blogs, rss readers, mashups and much more. It was a very full day! From the great questions and ideas from the audience, it seemed everyone found some interesting new ideas to take away. During breaks many people were sharing ideas for ways these tools could help them in their libraries. As one participant stated at the end of the session: “I just have so many ideas and projects in mind now.”

Jill’s slides are available at:

Wings and NYLA in Buffalo

The New York Library Association annual meeting begins tomorrow in Buffalo. The schedule is full of interesting meeting topics this year.

Tomorrow I’ll be attending Jill Hurst-Wahl’s full day workshop on social networking tools. She’s a great speaker, so I know that will be a terrific day.

Other programs I hope to get to include:

  • Edwared Corrado on Open Source initiatives
  • Stephen Abram on Baby Busters, Gen X, and Born Digital Babies
  • Digitizing Your Library’s Treasures
  • 21st Century OPACS
  • U of Rochester’s eXtensible Catalog project
  • 2.0 Management Tools
  • Library System 2.0: Case Study in Drupal

Not that the whole conference is gone 2.0 mad! Lots of programs on other topics too: Guys Read, Telling Tales, Building a Green Library, Helping Homeschoolers, the New Road Warriors. And my persona favorite title: Mold, it’s not just for Breakfast! 🙂  All in all, around 90 programs over the 4 day conference.

Special events include a Diversity Fair on Friday where I’ll have a poster session on “2.0 tools to expand your outreach”.

There’s also going to be a sneak preview of The Kite Runner. Terrific!

And last but not least, I’m hoping to relive my college days with some great beer and wings at my old college haunt, Duff’s.