I’m going to try and say alot of things over the next week or so, but I thought I’d summarize some key thoughts for now.
- Meh. It was a conference. It was a good conference even. But sitting through the good and average in terms of presentations, I realize that I want conversations that matter more and more. I think I want to hear more of and about the unconference world, because I think libraries need that much, much more — especially where Library 2.0 stuff is concerned.
- Nothing really changed my thinking in any significant way. This is a bit of a shame, because I’m always on the look-out for that one keynote or major presentation that is just going to blow me away, in a perspective sense. It didn’t happen. Steven Cohen was close, but his topic was RSS tips, which really isn’t a “blow you away” sort of presentation.
- Highlight presentations. My favs were Steven Cohen (as I said before) on RSS, Roy Tennant & Tim Spalding on the Future of the OPAC, er catalogue. David Lee King‘s presentation on change management in libraries was great too. Steven just has a great energy for presenting that kept things interesting. Roy and Tim were dead on, and I saw a good many audience members drooling at the prospect of a “fun” and “fun-ctional” catalogue. David did a great job engaging the audience in discussion. I also went to Michelle Boule & Meredith Farkas‘ presentation on the 5 weeks project. It was good, but having spent so much time watching that project flourish, I probably should have went somewhere else.
- Greatest Decisions I Made: Setting up a meeting with Jessamyn West. We had a great talk over coffee on everything from “Slow” Libraries to my hometown to what it’s like to work for rural libraries (great, but a hard push to get technologies implemented).
- Worst Decision I Made: Not bringing my laptop. Poo on the whole “turn off during the conference” thing. With all the twittering going on, it really seemed like I was missing the “real” conference. The laptop comes with me next time.
- Great people I met: David Free, Meredith Farkas, David Lee King, Helene Blowers, Jessamyn West, Amanda Etches-Johnson, Nicole Engard, Steve Cohen and Ellyssa Kroski. I really didn’t get a chance to talk to a few other bloggers like Rachel Singer Gordon and Iris Jastram, but at least got to see them and say “hello.” On the whole, I think it was the networking stuff that was most useful to me.
- Most fun at the conference: Dinner with Ellyssa and her husband. Tapas and Spanish beer! Yum.
- My suggestions: Allow for fewer longer presentations and more time during the day to network etc. Have real mingling opportunities, like some kind of gala or something. Bigger venue, if possible. Arrange for some wireless love for the conference if possible.