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!


Through the insanely efficient collaboration between NYPL Labs and METRO Libraries, a group of confused, curious, and enthusiastic archivists, librarians, and computer folks came together yesterday to celebrate the amazing possibilities of online linked data.

The morning began with a Planery that included presentations by representatives from NYU, LoC,, and Tagasauris. As I sat, waiting for the morning to begin, I looked around at a sea of faces. I was apprehensive–how many people here had experience with using linked online data for their repositories and institutions? Was I alone in my relative unease and beginner’s knowledge of this system? I mean, this is what we’re dealing with, people:

Fast forward a few minutes. Presentations begin, people start posing questions, ideas, and jokes. I smile and take notes, because believe it or not, whether I fully understand the tech aspects of implementing these digital connections or not, I believe that they are important-nay, essential to the future of information sharing and retrieval.  And that makes me a member of this group, no matter how new or inexperienced. It’s that first step that’s the most important.

The afternoon session was set up a little differently, as the attendees were split up into conference-table groups intent on getting a hands-on experience with the new technologies we were exposed to in the morning hours. The groups were mixed with folks that have been digital archivists for years, ones that are just hackers, and those of us, who have been trained with print for so long that a community setting is the perfect place to make mistakes and ask questions before going back to work. And mistakes were made. But it was okay. Playing with data sets, learning software, understanding that with every fall, there’s a lesson to be learned and more knowledge to be acquired–that’s really what matters.

No matter the skill level, the moderators of the all-day event were encouraging, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable; three facets that are essential in promoting the importance and actuality of successfully integrating data for universal use.

Bring on the coding! I’m ready.
If you’d like to see the video of the morning’s planery, you can find it here, on the Internet Archive. 


Looking for some Twitter feeds to follow where you can ask questions? Review the #lodlam chat from yesterday!