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July’s SirsiDynix Institute

OK, here’s the July SDI. Judith Siess and I (along with Jonathan Lorig) had a great time doing our book. We love our blogs. So, we thought we’d answer all those questions we get about how we write, blog and communicate and share some of our experiences.
Writing for the Library Profession
Date : Jul 10, 2007
Start Time : 11 a.m. Eastern
Length : 1 hour
Register here:

Do you want to inform and influence your colleagues? Do you have a story to tell? Have you done something innovative that delighted your users? We don’t have a paucity of ideas and innovation in libraryland, we do have a problem with diffusion. We need to share our ideas and experiences more. From blog postings, to periodical and newsletter articles to website content and even to books library staff are increasingly being asked to write. With the dynamic and rapid change happening in our sector, we have an increasing obligation to share our knowledge and experiences. It’s an exciting time to be in libraries.
This SirsiDynix Institute brings together two library leaders, authors, bloggers and journalists to share their secrets and tips. Both share the experience of putting together this year’s bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram. Judith Siess’s latest book is The New OPL Sourcebook: A Guide for Solo and Small Libraries . Their blogs are among the most popular, Stephen’s Lighthouse and OPL Plus (not just for OPLs anymore). Both share their knowledge, insights and opinions openly. Want to know some of the secrets? With all of the great innovations happening around the world in libraries, we have to start sharing more. If we don’t take our candles out from under the basket, who will?
Stephen Abram — VP Innovation, SirsiDynix, Chief Strategist, The SirsiDynix Institute.
Stephen Abram, a leading international librarian and lighthouse thinker in the North American library community, leverages his extensive experience in library technology and trend forecasting, new product conceptualization, and market development to ensure that SirsiDynix products and services continue to be the most innovative in the library market and meet the needs of library directors, library staff members, and library users. Abram works on strategic projects in all areas to advance our vision. Abram has more than 25 years in libraries as a practicing librarian and in the information industry. His most recent role was as vice president of corporate development for Micromedia ProQuest. Abram’s other roles include publisher for Thomson Carswell and director of Information Resources for the Hay Group. He is a frequent keynote speaker on issues that affect libraries, their communities, and librarians. In addition, Abram was named by Library Journal in 2002 as one of the key people who are influencing the future of libraries and librarianship.
Judith Siess — President, Informatikon Bridges International
Judith A. Siess is a recognized expert in one-person librarianship and interpersonal networking. She has been the editor and publisher of The One-Person Library: A Newsletter for Librarians and Management since 1998 and is the author of articles for publications such as American Libraries and Searcher. An active member of SLA since 1980, she was the inaugural chair of its SOLO Librarian’s division, which is now the fourth largest division of the association with nearly 1,000 members. She has drawn from her more than twenty years’ experience to write six books. Her latest book is: The New OPL Sourcebook: A Guide for Solo and Small Libraries, Information Today, Inc., 2006, ISBN 1-57387-241-5 (link to order:
Judith’s blog, OPL Plus (not just for OPLs anymore)


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