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Internet librarian, arriv’e!

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I’m sitting on the couch at one of my favorite hotels, in one of my favorite seaside towns, at one of my favorite conferences. I’m in Monterey, at Internet Librarian, and even though I know I love this conference, it was really nice this evening to be reminded why.

First, it’s a smallish conference. I don’t know the numbers offhand, but somewhere between LOEX and ACRL, and like those it’s focused, but with reach. Technology and Public Services, talking together. And learning from each other.

One of the things I love most about the conference is the people. These are smart, funny, engaged, innovative folks. And the conversations outside of sessions are unbelievably valuable. Today, i attended the Gaming and Te enology Zoo, where I played a fascinating cooperative board game, but I learned so much outside of that one conference event! I played with a Motorola Bionic webtop computer/ phone with its owner, and we miraculously resolved a full screen issue–while sitting on a bench enjoying the sun. I went to dinner with a former SUNY colleague and she convinced me that I really can build yahoo pipes to do what I want, and turned me on to a resource for finding the answer to my need for a platform agnostic PDF annotation tool. And, who knew? Evernote has competitors! I shared some info about Google Bundles, we talked about a tutorial tool I’ve been investigating, and joked about turning that conversation in to a web series (wouldn’t you want to watch two geeky library gals discuss their favorite collaborative web tools!?!?)

Tomorrow, the conference starts in earnest, and I’m really looking forward to my chosen sessions. I’ll blog some about them, but I’ll also be reporting out at the free ACRL-ULS post-Internet Librarian webinar on October 24. Most likely this week, the blog will be full of insights and new tools to explore that come up in out-of-conference conversations.

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3 thoughts on “Internet librarian, arriv’e!

  1. Yes, would love to hear two geeky library gals discuss their favorite tech tools! Do it! :-)

  2. I just fell in love with Evernote. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks and now it seems to rule my life. Now you’re telling me that there are competitors? Who?

    Oh, and have fun at Internet Librarian. I enjoyed Computers in Libraries last time I was there.

    • Top of my head, I can’t recall the competitors. I think SpringPad was one? The person I was talkign with (Amanda?) couldn’t remember, so we googled “Evernote vs.” and found 3 or 4 competitors came up. Sigh. I forgot to add investigating that to my to do list. It just grows and grows! Good thing Evernote doesn’t have a character max!

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