sla rising star, j’y suis

amy posted this April 28th, 2010 | filed under: conference-y, inspire me!, moi | Tags: | no comments »

PLEASE NOTE: kendra & meg are two of the biggest reasons i am in SLA. without having them as “partners in crime” (aka “partners who want to make SLA the awesome it could be”) i’d be way less involved.
cc licensed flickr photo shared by kendrak


it’s nothing new for me to say how great i think the SLA is, how they support new librarians, embrace innovation, and are generally a rockin’ bunch of people.

my first SLA conference blew my mind because everyone i met did something wildly different – some were corporate librarians from developing countries teaching users basic internet searching – while others were working in art museums in charge of acquiring rare texts. i think the diversity of the membership is what kept me attached to the organization.

so now i’m a rising star. i’m not sure what that means, but i can tell you what it doesn’t mean.

it doesn’t mean:

  • a free ride in libraryland
  • that i’m done working my butt off for SLA
  • i do any of this extra stuff during work hours
  • that i’m done rockin’ at the IT Division Open House and Canadian Reception (seriously, if you aren’t attending these events, u r doin’ it wrong)

to the other rising stars, from this year and last, let’s make sure to move this organization where it needs to be, and push for the changes we think need to happen. this is one helluvan opportunity, let’s not waste it.

Computers in Libraries et moi

amy posted this April 11th, 2010 | filed under: conference-y, inspire me!, lsw, presenting | Tags: , | 1 comment »

cc licensed flickr photo shared by jambina. taken at CiL2009

this is my 3rd year at CiL (also my 3rd anniversary of meeting the awesome Krista) and it’s always such a great conference.

tonight i’m running the Gaming & Gadgets night, and then wednesday i’m speaking on a panel about the digitization and on demand services at mcgill library.

the best part about this conference is always the networking. last year a group of friends coined the term (okay, maybe the term existed before but i had never heard it, so it’s invented here as far as i’m concerned) lobbycon – basically, attending a conference but staying in the lobby the entire time talking to people about what they are doing now (and what they will be presenting on NEXT year).

if you’re at #cil2010, say hi, i have tons of LSW ribbons and libpunk buttons to hand out!

the rest of my #libday4

amy posted this January 31st, 2010 | filed under: conference-y, library skül, lsw, meme, moi, ranting | Tags: , , | no comments »

cc licensed flickr photo shared by jambina

[well, at least i posted something this week!]


since i try not to schedule meetings on mondays, my tuesdays tend to have at least two of them. i think i run fairly productive meetings. i always have an agenda, take minutes, and rarely go over time by more than a few minutes. i’m also a big believer in only having meetings when there’s something to discuss – i’m not a fan of the standing meeting. but then, i don’t run every meeting at mpow.
these meetings had to do with sorting through work needing to be finished by the digitization team. my ABSOFRICKINLUTELY amazing programmer has created a database that queries both our catalogue and Sherpa/Romeo while tracking the process of depositing items into our IR. it is a thing of beauty and when we’re done testing it i’ll tell you more about it.
i also met with my direct supervisor to update her on the the past month and to sort out priorities for now until may 31 (end of fiscal year, chez moi). we’re going to focus on our new “on demand” service – printing on demand and digitizing on demand. (will post more about those when they go live.)
over lunch i rewatched larry lessig‘s talk about copyright in higher education – cuz sometimes librarians need to be reminded that they ARE fighting the good fight. also, i’m a huge fangirl of his, so watching a talk is never “work”. while watching larry, i took my first stab at a packing list for my trip, based loosely off of jessamyn’s (i know i talked about her in the last post. deal.)

other stuff done during the day:

  • realizing that we need to get better support from a hardware vendor, and trying to figure out the best way to get what we need. they are a new company, and have great customer service, but they’re still growing so only just now figuring out all the demands of their users.
  • answered a survey sent out by a library considering using one of our products, to help them make the decision.
  • came to terms with the fact that my office is a berloody mess and i really need to do something about it before i lose my mind. note: this will probably be repeated in #libday5.
  • thought about downloading some reading material for my travels tomorrow, but then realized that because i use zotero, i had all the PDFs/screenshots with me already. in my world, zotero = productivity.
  • once home, worked for another few hours finishing up emails and letting folks now that i wouldn’t be back in the office until next monday.

finally fell asleep around 2am. i was restless thinking about going to the SLA Leadership Summit and seeing some great friends (who i only see at conferences due to geographical shenanigans, but who i talk to daily.) also, St Louis has ribs and blues bars. sweet.

wednesday to sunday

i’m at the SLA Leadership Summit in St Louis, MO.
i decided to come because i’m the Communications & Social Media Chair for both the IT and Academic divisions. being on the advisory boards means getting to help plan future directions for the divisions, which is interesting because i get some insight into the organization.
the leadership summit is very different from the annual conference. there are only about 250 people who attend leadership. they are all on chapter or division boards and are really the folks responsible for implementing and “living” SLA. thanks to the tiny size, it’s dead easy to meet folks.
leadership is also different because the summit is about developing the leadership capabilities of the attendees. we skillshare on topics like recruitment & retention. board meetings look at programming for the annual conference. the invited keynote is always someone that has an interesting take on organizations and how best they can serve their members. essentially, it’s about developing SLA leaders (both those who are appointed to boards, and those who self-identify as leaders) to ensure the association can respond to its membership.
this was my first leadership summit and on the whole i found it a good experience. it was great to hear what other folks have planned for the annual conference in New Orleans. it was interesting to hear about, and then really think about, the concept of loyalty when it comes to large organizations, and even further, what this means in academic libraryland.
and of course, SLA events are made for networking. some people i know i will only see at SLA events, and i’m always eager to catch up with them. the LSW had a sizable cohort at leadership, so much so that there was talk of having an LSW caucus – if only to have some beer money for the meetups at annual!
i’ve been a part of a number of library organizations since first starting library school – SLA, CLA, ALA, QLA, LSW – and to be honest, SLA has helped me the most in terms of growing into a professional. [i don’t want to sound like a shill, because this is all very sincere.]
for any LIS students reading this, think about the associations to which you belong (and if you don’t belong to any, you are missing out on a crazy opportunity to network and gain insight – especially since students dues are usually insanely cheap) and be sure the association is working for you. can you find mentors? are there free resources available to you? are there scholarships available to cover your expenses to the annual conference? library schools can only do so much – becoming an information professional is all about being resourceful, both in terms of finding answers to questions, and seeking out opportunities for yourself.
to students who complain that their school “does nothing” for them, i say two things:

  1. that sucks. a lot of us have been there. it’s frustrating.
  1. do something about it. host a conference (those who are “big namesin libraryland love talking to students and will come to your school in the middle of the winter when it’s crazycold out and speak because they love LIS students). join the local chapter of whatever association seems to be the best fit. hop online and join in the discussion about libraryland (and no, I DO NOT MEAN NEWLIB-L.) reach out to info pros in your area that have jobs you want, and take them for a coffee to pick their brains. whatever you do, do not expect someone to do this for you. it’s your career – own it.

off to Monterey!

amy posted this October 23rd, 2009 | filed under: conference-y, discovery, general, innovation, inspire me!, moi, presenting | Tags: | 1 comment »

heading to Monterey today to attend Internet Librarian. not only do i get to catch up with my friends, but i get to hear about all the awesome ways libraryland is taking advantage of the web to better meet the needs of library uses.
tomorrow is the first ever LibraryCamp at IL and i’m really looking forward to facilitating that with Jenica Rogers.
i’m also giving a talk on cloud computing with Kendra K Levine and Laura Harris.
finally, i am participating in BattleDecks on tuesday night with folks who are wicked fun.
this is gonna rock.

come to Library Camp Monterey!

amy posted this September 10th, 2009 | filed under: conference-y, discovery, innovation, inspire me!, moi, presenting | Tags: , , , | 4 comments »

cc licensed flickr photo shared by kendrak

Internet Librarian is holding it’s first unconference/library camp/barcamp session – and you should be there!

Jenica Rogers and i will be facilitating Library Camp Monterey, the morning of October 24, 2009 in the Monterey Public Library, and we’d be thrilled to have all of you join us.

This will be an interactive discussion about people, technology, and libraries. Bring your war stories and your questions and be prepared to share as this is definitely NOT a “sage on the stage” event. (PowerPoints are forbidden!) This unstructured conversation may range from web development to info commons to everything in between, in all types of libraries.

Head over to the wiki to add your name and any topics that you’d like to discuss.

See you October 24th!

hello SLA2009!

amy posted this June 14th, 2009 | filed under: conference-y, discovery, general, innovation, inspire me!, library skül | Tags: | no comments »


i’m in town for the SLA Centennial Conference. i love the SLA conferences – it’s always wild to meet librarians who work in “non-traditional” gigs. this year i’m on the boards of two divisions – IT and Academic – so i’ll be getting my first glimpse at the inner machinations of things.

more soon!

my sked at SLA

amy posted this June 9th, 2009 | filed under: conference-y, general | Tags: | no comments »

i’m off to the SLA Centennial Conference in a few days and want to be sure to meet up with folks, so thought i’d post my sked
Saturday, June 13

  • 13:00 – help setup SLA Marketplace
  • 17:30 – IT Division Board of Directors meeting
  • 19:30 – dinner with the IT Board
  • 21:00 – Biz & Finance Open House

Sunday, June 14

  • 9:00-13:00 – working in the press centre (if you’re a blogger, get yourself a blogger ribbon and come visit!)
  • 13:00 – Academic Division Board of Directors meeting
  • 17:30 – LSW meetup at RFD (810 Seventh St NW)
  • 21:00 – IT Division Mystery Night

Monday, June 15

  • 9:00-13:00 – press centre
  • 13:30 – SLA Unconference Session #2 (TWEET-UP!)
  • 15:00-17:00 – press centre
  • 17:30 – Canadialand reception
  • 21:00 – IT Division Sci Fi Nigh

Tuesday, June 16

  • 9:30 – SLA Unconference Session (Academic Roundtable)
  • 11:30 – IT Division Business Meeting
  • 13:30 – Academic Division Business Meeting
  • 15:00 – press centre
  • 21:00 – IT, L&M, PAM Embassy Ball

Wednesday, June 17

  • 8:30 – moderating Mashups: Future of Changing Content (Nicole Engard)
  • 10:00-13:00 – press centre
  • 14:30-17:00 – SLA 2010 Kickoff
  • evening: exploring DC

Thursday, June 18

  • exploring DC (mebbe some museums n’other cultural funthings) until my mid-afternoon flight home

etig library camp – superfunhappytimes!

amy posted this May 19th, 2009 | filed under: conference-y, discovery, innovation, inspire me! | Tags: , | 2 comments »

there are still spots available for the ETIG library camp this coming May 29, 2009 in Montreal (hosted at my loverly place of work – McGill Unversity).
so come hang out with Jessamyn West, John Fink, Jason Hammond, and a bunch of other really awesome folks for one day.
it’s cheap (40$).
we’re going to talk about fun things.
and there’s a surprise gift for those who attend. (seriously, there is. i’m not just saying that.)

hope to see you there!

come to CLA library camp

amy posted this April 6th, 2009 | filed under: conference-y, general | Tags: , , | 2 comments »

the Emerging Tech Interest Group of CLA (which i co-convene with the truly awesome Amanda Etches-Johnson) is hosting a library-camp-style pre-conference at CLA in May (in the best city on earth – Montréal).

Jessamyn West (yes THE Jessamyn West of will kick-off our day with a keynote on emerging technologies, followed by two sessions on using these technologies in your library. The afternoon will be an “unconference”, where participants will share and learn on a variety of topics pre-determined by the group. (Note: this is not a “sage on the stage” afternoon – come armed with a curious nature and a will to participate.)

Speaker: Jessamyn West,
Date & Location: Friday, 29 May 2009 @ Palais des congrès
Registration Fee: $100.00
Registration Includes: Two refreshments breaks and lunch

this will be at least nine kinds of fun!
register here and add your session ideas to the camp wiki.

Second Life at SLA 2009

amy posted this March 30th, 2009 | filed under: 2.0 fun, conference-y, presenting, Second Life | Tags: | no comments »

i’m very excited to be giving my first Click U workshop at the upcoming SLA conference in Washington, DC.

Click University — Informing Avatars: Exploring the Possibilities of Virtual Worlds
Through a hands-on workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the possibilities of virtual worlds, enter Second Life to create an avatar, and explore possibilities for their organizations. Discussions will revolve around the possibilities for organizations in virtual worlds, the pros and cons of developing a VW presence, and the importance of being aware of this technology.
Sunday, 14 June 2009 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Price: US $229 member / US $349 non-member / US $229 student member

it’s going to be a basic introduction to Second Life, and i expect it to be lots of fun (except for the start time – i hope there’s coffee!)

i hope to see you there!

(note: early bird registration closes April 3, 2009.)