Posted tagged ‘technical services section’

The Future of Meetings

August 11, 2009

Today I went out east for the first MLA tech services section meeting of the term.  It was a fairly productive meeting, despite being at a slight stand still due to the recession.  Mostly it’s becoming evident that barely any libraries in the state have a professional development budget at the moment.  So, we’re looking at an immediate future of scaled back conferences, online meetings, and a possible workshop on how to run online workshops (we were sort of joking that we should bring in a speaker and have them teach from behind a curtain for that one).

Something is definitely being lost by making these movies.  I know of at least one co-worker who admits to not getting much out of online lessons, and I know she’s hardly alone.  But we’re gradually reaching the point where traditional learners are going to be left in the dust, and I’m not sure there’s anything that can be done to avert that.

Now in slightly cheerier news, I just have to share that thanks to a friend I’ve got a random Twitter appearance over on Macworld.  The Tweet in question, is of course from a conversation about killing zombies (although of late they have given way to to unicorns and pandas).

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Public Appearances

October 27, 2008

I’m going to be incredibly busy this week.  For starters today is the Grand Reopening of the Athenaeum.  If you’re in the area please stop by for the Festivities.

Tomorrow is the MLA Tech Services Section Introduction of Library Digitization event at the Worcester Public Library.  We’ve got some great speakers, I’m particularly looking forward to the copyright talk on digital copyright in the 21st century.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to hear some of it in the midst of running around doing tech support for the event.

And then on Friday is the WMRLS Digital Barn Raising, where I’ll be doing my best John Hodgman impression as one of a few resident experts for the workshop.  I’ll also be giving a short talk on copyright there, so I’ll be taking a lot of notes on Tuesday in preparation.  I promise to try my best not to be too snarky during my talk.  Oh and I’ll probably be in costume.