Computers in Libraries conference 2012

This sounds super-cool. And for a tech conference to be that excellent, it REALLY has to be good. Boo that I can’t attend this year! Next year for sure!!


Creating Innovative Libraries is what librarians, systems and information professionals, and teams of other partners and experts do with computers, the internet and cutting edge technology. At Computers in Libraries 2012, the focus is on practices and techniques, technology, and the “secret sauce” or “extra” that creates innovative libraries.
The conference program is filled with ideas, leading edge practices, tips and techniques for creating innovative libraries, engaging communities, as well as designing and delivering strategic services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services.
Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than twenty-five years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld, is pleased to announce the 27th annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating all aspects of library technology. Our theme, Creating Innovative Libraries, highlights the creative solutions, technologies and practices that those working with computers in libraries or libraries in computers are dealing with today. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators, intranet strategists, portal creators, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that allows us to bring strategic value to our user communities. It provides the latest information and practices for you to make informed choices for your community — whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.

Out of Town or unable to attend like me this year?I’ll be following along on Twitter at #CILDC, and checking their conversations and goings-on at! Join in! 

Be sure to check out updates from fellow WordPress blogger Library Scenester ( !

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Recently I’ve been jumping from one conference to another, and in-between, attempting to fit in as many lectures and workshops as my time and wallet will allow. I understand that many institutions will waive the fee for most employees if they are interested in attending specific events, but unfortunately I don’t have that luxury.

I propose a new vocation for my near future: I will go to your conference for you. I’ll take notes, livetweet, and wear a badge with your company’s name on it. All you have to do is comp me some airfare, and hotel/entrance fees. Yeah, I know, it’s a pipe dream, but hear me out. I love learning. So do you, but you can’t be there.

Hah! This is ridiculous, I know. But think how awesome it would be to send a conference surrogate! You can get work done AND bring back something for the next share-holder’s meeting!

Countdown to WebWise 2012

“A signature initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the WebWise Conference annually brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities made possible by digital technologies. WebWise 2012 will take up the theme of “Tradition and Innovation,” investigating how libraries and museums have used digital technologies to help scholars, students, educators, and the general public understand history and the humanities. Taking special note of the unique contributions that historical societies, public libraries, and other small and local organizations make to humanities scholarship and education, WebWise 2012 will surface the challenges these organizations have faced in doing digital work, highlight the often under-appreciated contributions they have made in this area, and bring them into more fruitful conversation with colleagues in larger organizations and in the arts and sciences.” – From the WebWise2012 homepage

Oh man, I am so excited about this week. Not only am I tickled pink that I get to spend two days learning more about digital sharing, creation, and implementation, but there are two special gentlemen that are going to bring out the tittering fangirl in me:

Ian MacKaye and Levar Burton!

Mr. Burton is providing the keynote for the conference, where I’m sure he’ll discuss his lengthy participation and devotion to spreading the joy of reading both on and off the digital plane. MacKaye will be shedding light on the Fugazi Live Series project, which “launched with 130 recordings on December 1, 2011, a project which will eventually make available nearly 900 live recordings spanning the pivotal punk rock band’s career from 1987 until 2002.”

With any luck, I’ll be able to liveTweet some of the discussions, questions, and amazing images I see this week. Feel free to follow @janineveazue for more updates. So far, the conference has been Tweeting from @IMLSWebWise with the hashtag  #webwise . If that changes, I’ll be sure to let you all know.


Charles Thomas, IMLS Senior Program Officer (and self-confirmed Trekkie),  had THIS to say today about his excitement for the conference!