Knowing peopleâ€™s busy schedules and delays caused afternoon shuttle bus travel, Holley Long, coordinator of the Digital Library and Technology Interest Group (DLTIG) Table Talks, asked the initially small number of attendees to gather around two large tables. As discussions began in King Arthurâ€™s Court- a conference room of the Intercontinental Chicago sporting swanky medieval dÃ©cor, the number of participants grew till each table had representation from libraries, museums and similar institutions across the country.
Talk at my table began with a resounding agreement on the importance of project planning. Organizational issues were zeroed in on, and thoughts/ideas/potential solutions shared in response to questions like:
Participants also found value in connecting with colleagues and sharing practical knowledge on the technical issues surrounding metadata standards, software alternatives, and institutional repositories for digital thesis and dissertations. In the near future, notes from these table talks will be posted on the DLTIG website: http://www.ala.org/ala/lita/litamembership/litaigs/diglibtech/digitallibrary.htm