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A Very Busy June

Well it’s conference season for libraries! Here’s where I’ll be throughout June and I look forward to seeing many of you.
June 1 – CASLIS/GELA Evening event in Edmonton
I look forward the CASLIS/GELA annual banquet where I’ll talk on the topic of “Web 2.0: the Library 2.0 in Your Future.”
June 2 – NEOS Consortium in Edmonton
I’ll have doing a technology forecast for this very innovative library consortium.
June 7 – Delaware State Library
On this day I get to keynote the annual Delaware Library Town Meeting about trends in libraries.
June 8-14 – SLA International Annual Conference in Baltimore
Here’s a busy one. I get to become the official president-elect as well as do work on our association strategy. I’ll be participating as a speaker too for the Library Management Division annual luncheon, reporting on the Canadian 8R’s project as well as doing a panel on library trends. I get to make a quick visit with some library school students and attend the traditional SLA Fellows meetings and sessions for conference first timers. I’ll see a ton of friends too.
June 15-17 – Canadian Library Assocation Annual Conference in Ottawa
Although the conference site in Ottawa has had to change due to a strike, this will continue to be a great conference. The keynotes are especially great. I’ll be doing some meetings on the 8R’s with my co-chair Wendy Newman who has done amazing work! We will also do a session on the 8R’s progress. I’ll do a regular conference session on Web 2.0, Library 2.0. I’ll see a ton of friends again, especially the NELI alumni.
June 19-20 – LISA V in Cambridge MA
Just to bridge between SLA and ALA, I’ll be giving a that at LISA V (Library and Information Services in Astronomy V). I’ll be keynoting the topic of Library 2.0.
June 22-27 – ALA in New Orleans
This may be the most interesting. I’ll be participating in the IRIG Utimate Debate between Roy Tennant, Joe Janes and me on whether libraries can be replaced. On Sunday morning I’ll be doing a session on Millennials for YALSA. SirsiDynix will be awarding a total of $50,000 to the 5 winners of SirsiDynix Building Better Communities Awards. And I’ll get to meet with many clients and friends.
On the note of ALA and New Orleans, I understand that it’s on track to be a fairly large conference. That’s very exciting. New Orleans needs our support right now and ALA is the first major conference to return to the city. And we need to meet. New Orleans is still a great center of food, jazz, fun, history and conventions. New Orleans is pulling out all the stops for us. As a resident of Toronto who benefited from the informed decisions made by ALA members during our SARS crisis, and the important role the ALA conference played during our crisis, I know the visit of ALA to New Orleans will be a major boost to the city. And librarians are just the type of folks to paint that town red. Be there or look fearful. Librarians are courageous.
I’ll be back in Canada just in time for my daughter’s 18th birthday and the end of high school. Yay!
Stephen

Posted on: May 29, 2006, 7:36 am Category: Uncategorized

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