5-minute madness

This was a good idea and we should repeat it in future Forum years … maybe even at ALA. The program proposal submission and acceptance timeline is so long, this is the only way to get some of the late-breaking news from people who are doing interesting projects. Next time, though, let’s do this in […]

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The Future is Not Out of Reach

David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, gave this second keynote, subtitled Change, Library 2.0, and Emerging Trends. He started off with “If you hate being on Flickr, duck” — the second time someone has said this at a session. Is photographing the audience the new fad? […]

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The Scientific and Social Challenges of Global Warming

Jeffrey Kiehl is a senior scientist in the Climate Change Research section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. The Forum committee tries to include a speaker from a local organization at Forum; this year that speaker happens to be talking about a topic that’s been much in the news lately. History […]

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Forum 06 poster sessions

Sadly, I only had an hour between meetings, so I didn’t get to every poster session, but here at last are the notes I do have. A PDF of the session descriptions is available on the LITA web site. There was a good range of topics and library types represented. Instructional Media and Library Online […]

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Many Users, One Computer

Eric Delozier of Penn State presented Many Users, One Computer, and Access to Web Services: Information Technology Risk Management in Libraries. I arrived a bit late, so I’m starting where I came in: Liability issues: without adequate protection, patrons’ personal files and information might be lost or stolen; systems can be damaged. Causes for loss: […]

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Evolutions in Subject Searching

Slides are available here for Evolutions in Subject Searching: the Use of Topic Maps in Libraries with Steve Newcomb, co-founder of topicmaps.org and a co-author of a topic maps standard, and Patrick Durusau, on the board of TEI as well as involved in other markup standards organizations (didn’t catch them all). I had assumed this […]

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Saving America's Treasures

Since we’re in Nashville, of course our first keynote is Saving America’s Treasures: Preservation of Rare Acetate and Vinyl Recording Transcriptions, featuring speakers from the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. John Rumble spoke, with Alan Stoker and Steve Maer to answer content and technical questions. The Hall of Fame is run by the […]

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danah boyd and Michael Gorman slug it out

I was supposed to blog the danah boyd keynote [note: she has now posted it here], but it’s now difficult to view it outside the context of the subsequent Michael Gorman luncheon speech. When I dutifully met with the other members of the LITA Forum 2005 committee on Sunday morning, they remarked that attendees had […]

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