Official Call for LITA Bloggers at ALA Annual

The ALA Annual Conference is just a few short weeks away, and we are again looking for volunteers to post brief summaries of LITA-sponsored sessions on the LITA Blog (http://litablog.org).  While you’re visiting Anaheim to learn, meet up with old friends, and engage in discussion about the newest new things in library technology, why not take this opportunity to share this experience with others?

A current Blog Schedule can be found at http://litablog.org/blog-schedule-ala-annual-2008.  We would like to cover as many of the sessions as possible, so please feel free to pick one (or ten) and join the LITA Blogging Community.

If you are interested, just contact me at tiffany dot lmb dot smith at gmail dot com with your name, e-mail and the sessions you would like to cover.  I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Thanks very much in advance!

Official Call for Volunteer LITA Bloggers at Midwinter ’08

Do you plan to attend ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia?  We need your help!  Take this opportunity to become a LITA Blogger.  The LITA Blog will again be on hand to report what is happening and share the terrific Midwinter experience with those who cannot attend this year.

If you like to write and are looking for new ways to get involved (or have blogged in the past and would like to blog again), please email tiffany.lmb.smith@gmail.com and indicate what sessions you would like to cover.  The blog schedule for Midwinter (http://litablog.org/blog-schedule-ala-midwinter-2008/) has been posted and will be updated as we receive volunteers.

We will be taking volunteers up to and during the conference.  Thanks very much in advance!

Ambient Findability: Librarians, Libraries, and the Internet of Things

Slide 1 MorvilleAlthough not a LITA event, the ALCTS 50th Anniversary President’s Program, held on Monday, June 25, 2007, in the Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom South, should be of interest to many LITA members. Peter Morville, author of Ambient Findability and co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, provided an overview of his work to a standing-room-only crowd in an engaging and enlightening 90 minute presentation.

One of the things I really admire about Morville’s writing is his ability to concatenate a variety of different subjects and show how they’re all related to information management, and he does this just as well in The Land of Powerpoint. The talk covered gadgets like David Rose’s ambient devices, Microsoft Surface, the iPhone, RFID implants, and child-tracking wristwatches; websites including Neighboroo, Where’s Tim, Etsy, and the usual web suspects like Flickr, Amazon, and LibraryThing; as well as more philosophical stuff such as information anxiety, faceted classification, David Brin’s concept of reciprocal transparency in The Transparent Society, pace layering, IA and Web 2.0, search as a system, and Julian Bleecker’s “A Manifesto for Networked Objects”.

If you missed it: check out the presentation, read the books and Morville’s “UFOs: Ubiquitous Findable Objects”, and visit the Semantic Studios website and Morville’s findability blog.

See also: Jennifer Lang’s detailed write-up.