Today Daniel Forsman at Jönköping University Library is talking at the conference Computers in Libraries 2009 (abr. CIL 2009) in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

I just been looking up some documentation of the conference and found the Twitterstream at hashtag #CIL2009.

An interview at Vimeo with Lee Rainie from Pew Internet with interviewer Jaap van De Geer:


If more interesting documentation from CIL 2009 just make a note of it in the commentary section.

Afterthoughts from EAHIL june 2008 in Helsinki, Finland.

Just some following up to my speech at EAHIL and other EAHIL thougths. You’ll find my 15 minutes speedtalk at Slideshare: “Is there a mobile challenge for the libraries?“:

I was told afterwards I did a “american failure”. I didn’t discover it myself you see. In Sweden at least our view of americans are they do not know anything about geography outside the States. It refers to a documentary TV clip from the late 70’s or early 80’s at the swedish DDR-public-service-television (at that time we just had two channels) where a middleaged lady pointed out Sweden on the map, but pointing to Iran.

I apparently pointed out Austria Czech at slide 5 and saying Germany and making Oliver Obst confused. It wasn’t one of my “Borat way of jokes” ;-) Maybe it was the light, maybe it was that I’m colour-blind, they have problems with light green and dark green I think. No, I’ll stop with finding excuses here.

It felt like I was running 100 meters trying to hold the time of 15 minutes and also trying to say something at least half-clever at the end. With that stern but justifying look of EAHIL-evalutor of Eva Alopaeus keeping track on me and my statements or whatever that gang of evaluators are happen to evaluate ;-)

Thanks to you listeners. The interaction from you during and after my talks are one the most important parts for me. I will try to keep on as long as you don’t throw tomates at me. (Implicit: It’s the only way to get rid of me).

And, Elisabeth Husem, chairman for that track of the Mobile Web, I will strive to hold the time in the future also. I also just happened to find som new figures on PC:s existing in the world 2008 and mobile subscribers in the world August 2007, rather than that older figures mentioned in my abstract.

Well, I maybe hadn’t that exhaustive answers to your questions afterwards, but I didn’t want to infer on my followers time and I was just exhausted in that bunker. Next time I will demand for a microphone attached at my ear and not like that singsong microphone. I mean I’m no singer as you may did discover. It’s not that I don’t like microphones, I just like similar to italians to wave my hands freely. In a non-typically northern Sweden-way.

We did chat some at the check pub near the railway station saturday afternoon and “Eureka”, I had my new title for the call of papers of some cosy librarian conference: Could men get pregnant? – information use and critical appraisal in medical librarianship. If you steal the title I already have a patent licensed as number 6,7677678688768,876876768768,76767868,76876786 in Über States.

Oliver Obst on “Marketing virtual services” at Eahil 2008

Today Friday 27th June 9.00 Oliver Obst was talking about “Marketing virtual services” at the EAHIL Conference 2008 in Helsinki, FInland. He talked about the libraries and the loss of information monopoly, loss of face-to-face interaction and need for a ROI-philosophy. “How much money is the library saving with their efforts?”, he thought was an important question in this case. He also said libraries are in competition with free resources like Google Books and other services. Some librarians see for example companies offering free resources as a truly cooperating partner like free is always good. I don’t agree with that and as I understood Oliver he has a critical eye of that also.

Oliver showed an investigation of the Münster Medical library products and customer satisfaction with them. The homepage, the teaching and the opening hours as the worst and document delivery, e-journals and handheld computers as the best.

Then he showed all the ways they used to market their library. Let me say it was impressing. They have a blog maintained since 2003. An e-newsletter maintained since 1997, sent out every friday. It has 800 subscribers and they have produced 520 Issues. They have a 3-monthly journal, each issue about 12-16 pages and 45 issues published this far. He also showed how they worked with the content of the articles. Often it’s interviews with user statements and in the text they promote extra-ordinary library services. They also have an URL near the article content to the blog.

They have what he called a knowledge wiki, where the users can get answers of the library services. Their own toolbar for webbrowsing and -searching at: zbmed.ourtoolbar.com. They also produce a podcast irregulary but he said nothing more about that experience during the talk so I asked him afterwards.

Tell me more about your podcast?

-The podcasts are 3 minutes but unfortunately it takes about 2 hours to make. It takes time to cut and read same parts over again. I usually audio record my speeches at conferences and publish it as a podcast. The audio recorder I have with me is excellent. I also have jingles in my podcast. For example I use the sound from a pinball computer game.

Can anyone edit in your knowledge wiki? For example me? :-)

-You have to register and I decide who’s allowed to edit the wiki.

Do you see the wiki as a replacement of the usual textbased web pages?

-Something like that in the future maybe.

Update:

Oliver’s talk at EAHIL recorded by Guus van den Brekel and uploaded at Blip.tv:

[blip.tv ?posts_id=1039146&dest=-1]

Conference in Malmö, Sweden, on designing websites

From Business to Buttons is the name of a conference in Malmö held in June 14-15 and arranged by InUse and Malmö University. The focus is on usability and interaction design. Ben Jacobsen will hold a seminar with title “The impact of the Internet on everyday US life”. Ben let 13 households in USA give up internet usage for two weeks and their life was self-documented in different ways. Ben made an in-depth ethnographic study with the participants. Many studies of internet behaviour are conducted with quantitative methods such as surveys. Qualitative methods such as participant observation or naturalistic inquiry are more rare.

There are also a lot of other interesting seminars and workshops like a case study of a New York Times Redesign by Karen McGrane and Kevin Kearney and Practicing Design at the Yahoo! Media Group by Jens Jonason.

Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Here’s another conference in U.S. called The 5th International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2007 jointly with The 4th International Conference on Cybernetics and Information Technologies, Systems and Applications: CITSA 2007. It takes place in July 12-15, 2007, Orlando, Florida, USA. Briefly what’s it all about:

“…Conference that will bring together researchers, developers, practitioners, consultants and users of Computer, Communications and Control Technologies, with the aim to serve as a forum to present current and future work, solutions and problems in these fields, as well as in the relationships among them”.

Conference on mobile learning in Australia

MLearn is a conference with aim to promote the development of mobile learning. It will be hosted here in Australia between 16-19 October 2007, in Melbourne. Here’s a brief conference description:

This conference will appeal to a wide range of audiences who are interested in enhancing learning, designing content and developing systems for mobile devices and wireless networks.

Will the libraries be there?

Search Engines conference in Boston April 2007

Don’t forget the search engines conference Search Engines Meeting in Boston April 23-24 2007. I was there on a scholarship in 2000 when Larry Page was in a panel review with Eric Brewer from Inktomi and some others. Who remembers Eric Brewer and Inktomi today and who remembers Larry Page? ;-) I remember the Google stickers Larry Page distributed to his audience. Remember, this was a time just before the Google hype. Larry was quite, in contrary to boasting Eric Brewer, laconic but had the most listeners wanting to ask him questions afterwards. To many to getting me a chance to ask the questions I didn’t dare to ask during the panel discussion. ;-)

Since then I haven’t vistited the Search Engines Meetings conference. The 2000 conference was not splendid if I compare to others but quite interesting though. As always nice meeting other professionals. Any one who been at Search Engines Meetins conferences the latest years? What’s your opinion on the quality? I thought it was a bit to much of commercial product presentations disguised in informative conference talks.