CIL2005: Morning After Wrap-Up
It was an exhausting but rewarding 3 days. Some of the presentations were along the same lines of last year's but there were a lot of neat new ideas, too. I definitely have a few things to try right away when I get back to the ranch.
An admin note: my notes from all the sessions are backdated to when I actually took the notes. If you're following my blog closely, you probably saw things pop up and change order -- it makes sense when viewed from above but it was probably confusing at the time. I may still go back and clarify and edit some of the posts when I have a chance, but I will note what changes are made at the bottom of each post.
As SC says
, the best part may have been the small group interactions before, between, and after the sessions. Many of the most important librarian bloggers were there and this is probably one of the few chances we'll all get to be in the same place at the same time because most of them are from public libraries. With that said, I'm not convinced that many of the presenters realize some of the unique challenges of implementing these technologies in special library settings. I might try to present next year to see if I can bring some visibility to those issues -- especially since I also have public library experience.
For anyone considering going next time, I highly recommend bringing a warm sweater as some of the rooms have an arctic breeze, also bring contact lens rewetting drops and a canteen because it is very dry (maybe some hand lotion, too)... It's good to be able to blog while you're there so you can touch base with other attendees in two dimensions (laptop and wireless card required) ... Go to dine-arounds and bring at least $35 to cover. For lunch, get a quick sandwich at the Safeway down 19th street and save your money for drinks later. Head to the bar at the end of the evening for more networking -- no time to sit around with a cup of tea, teabagging ; ) -- but there is time to get a drink and talk about what's new.
Questions? Something I left out?
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