(Part of) the line up to get to the Internet-connected computers at SLA 2005. You can see a second photo up on Flickr under my sla2005 tag. I think it's kind of unfortunate in this day and age to see people writing URLs down on paper and lining up to use the Internet. (That was in part due to the venue's impossibly high price for wireless Internet.)
I wasn't at SLA on Sunday, so it's nice to find this report on Some Sunday Sessions from the PAM Division blog.
Another Sunday session was the SciTech Vendor update, featuring three presentations on document delivery by CISTI, The Linda Hall Library and The British Library. The presentations themselves were quite standard marketing pitches, outlining their various collections and ILL services. Each was done quite well -- it's hard to see how anyone could go wrong using any of the above services.
At the end of the session, someone in the audience basically asked the BL representative why someone should choose them instead of CISTI. I would like to commend both the BL and CISTI reps for handling the situation diplomatically. No blows were exchanged.
In case you've missed it, I wanted to point out Connie Crosby's coverage of SLA 2005. She did a great job of combining photos with lucid commentary. I don't know how she managed to capture all those URLs from the LexisNexis blog talk, I don't think I have ever seen PowerPoint slides go up and down so fast.
I don't know if anyone has created a list of all the people blogging the conference, this is really something I think better handled through listing yourself on a wiki, so I have gone ahead and made a list on seedwiki. If there's another better one, please let me know. You're welcome to edit the wiki list. As they say, fill your boots.
Read this in the paper this morning. Incidentally, the Globe and Mail is one of only two national newspapers in Canada, so lots of Canadians will see this article. The online title is good: "Librarians as tech-savvy sleuths" (alternate link). The headline in the paper was something along the lines of "Marian the librarian doesn't work here any more" (accompanied by a large photo of a librarian getting a massage). There's some good content in the middle:
Special librarians, as they're called, typically work for big corporations, private companies, government agencies, museums, hospitals, associations and consulting firms that manage information.
"The membership is as diverse as any group you're going to find," Ms. Freeman said in the overheated exhibit hall this week, where 260 firms in the information field had booths. ...
In an age where all kinds of information can be had all kinds of ways, it apparently takes all kinds of people to find it, package it and get it where it needs to go -- and fast.
Special librarians, Ms. Freeman said, used to be "gatekeepers" of information with near-exclusive access to reference volumes and files, but technology has changed all that, giving anyone with an Internet connection access to reams of data.
This, in turn, has forced librarians to evolve into tech-savvy sleuths, able to sift quickly through vast amounts of on-line material -- plenty of it questionable, if not useless -- to find what their companies or clients need.
"These folks are on the very cutting edge," Ms. Freeman said.
They also spend a lot more time showing their fellow employees how to conduct effective research on their own, rather than finding the answers for them.
"Information intelligence and information literacy is the answer," said Juanita Richardson, a consultant for an on-line news distributor in Toronto, who said she has become "more of an enabler" than a provider of facts.
The rest of the article is mostly about breaking librarian stereotypes. I was going to blog this in the main conference blog, but Jane Dysart beat me to it.
I thought the official SLA 2005 conference blog went relatively well, given the challenges of not having wireless Internet and only having a small number of Internet-connected PCs. I made 8 postings in all, mostly photos and a couple session summaries. I kept all my raw session blogging here on SLP. Here are my postings:
I will do a posting soon with updated thoughts about conference blogging and wikis based on this experience.
I did just notice that the conference blog has no search engine, I will ask them to add one.
... some SLA business ...
total attendance: 5273
industry partner reps 1584
over 600 first-timers
Study on the role of librarians in the workforce.
... talking about money ...
... talking about other stuff accomplished this year ...
Board of Directors
New President - Pam Rollo
Integrated program to communicate SLA's value.
Infopromo about SLA 2006 in Baltimore (June 11-14, 2006).
"Horizon planning" sessions.
keynote speaker intro
Facing up to the future: Helping your organization thrive in a world of accelerating change
A challenge for everyone. Everyone needs to be resilient and change.
The big challenge for your organization may simply be that you become irrelevant.
The Goal: searchable, timely, relevant, accurant, unbiased etc. etc.
The goal hasn't changed, but the way you reach the goal has changed.
Closer than ever: Factiva, Wikipedia, Google, Podcasting, ...
Proposition #1: The future is less and less an extrapolation of the past.
"Change has gone hypercritical in our lifetimes"
The accelerating pace of evolution.
cultural change now happening generation by generation rather than over hundreds of years
different generations have different cognitive capabilities
Evolving fastest of all is information itself.
As an organization, are you changing as fast as the world around you?
"Accelerating change is the signal characteristic of the world we live in today."
Recalibrate priorities to learning and creating over executing.
"We are all become ignorant at an accelerating pace."
Proposition #2: Success has never been so fragile.
"We live in a world where incumbency is worth less and less"
Proposition #3: As change accelerates, so must the pace of strategic renewal.
List of industries striving for renewal.
Music industry challenged by Apple iTunes, HP (and others in the PC industry) challenged by Dell, etc.
"all the stories of deep change are stories of change driven by crisis, with a change in leadership"
That is "transformation tragically delayed".
"How do we make deep change continuous and intrinsic?"
Change should be: automatic, spontaneous, reflexive.
The real challenge is lowering the cost of strategic transformation and renewal.
Proposition #4: Every one of us has to become an enemy of entropy.
The problem is not knowledge, the problem is the way we look at knowledge.
Spend more time trying to understand the lenses through which people see knowledge.
1) Perception - how people see the problem - blind to new possibilities
The future may not be unpredictable, but it may be unpalatable.
Seeking refuge in denial: Dismiss, Rationalize, Mitigate, Confront.
Comparison with the music industry.
Have to be able to get new information to the leadership, bypass the filter layers.
You have to have a positive vision of where you're going.
Where does innovation come from?
1) Unexamined dogma
2) Unexploited trends
3) Unseen assets
4) Unvoiced needs
How do you help people develop the perceptual skills to see fundamentally new opportunities?
1) Surface the dogmas
Think about places where your views are indistinguishable from those of your competitors.
example from the food industry
2) Find the absurdities
3) Go to extremes
Rather than a 5% or 10% improvement, why not a 90% improvement?
"Think about offering an MBA program for $250"
"If you never ask the question, you never get the answer."
"Where aren't your competitors paying attention?"
Nokia example - took them to see young people so they would understand the youth market.
1) Find the fringe
Look in places where your competitors are not even paying attention.
See the small things that are already changing that have largely gone unnoticed.
Took Best Buy to visit Amish country.
2) Amplify the weak signals
What are those small signals that have enormous potential for my organization?
You could see video over Internet coming for years.
But the cable industry has... just discovered this.
"the specter of viewers going directly to content providers" - the distintermediation of television
3) Look for the big picture
Leveraging embedded resources
e.g. Disney... on Broadway
Need to have an emotional sense of how it feels to be a customer of your services.
example: Magazines vs Television
TV should learn from magazines: it's always on, you can skip the ads, it will wait for you, there are dozens of specialty titles
operating model - on top of which is business model - on top of which is mental model - on top of which is the political model
political model - who has the power
The more concentrated is power, the less resilient the system will be.
Mental models decay quicker than political power.
A small number of people can hold the organization hostage to change.
if you have to wait for the top to give you permission, you have to wait a long time, because it has to be a huge thing to get their attention
- try to create new "googlettes" - new services
- 20% time working on whatever interests them
- small project teams (3 people)
- new services on Google Labs
"how do we become architects of decision-making processes?"
If it all depends on people on the top making decisions, it's going to go really slow.
Example: William Hill betting shop
pricing of uncertain events
betting shops use "collective wisdom"
What if top management had to publish probabilities of success for their actions, then they employees bet.
If no one is willing to take the bet, maybe it's not such a good idea.
Our practices are held in orbit around the ideology of efficiency.
4. Planning and control
5. Extrinsic rewards
The above principles were built in a world of much slower change.
Where do we look to find new, resilient principles?
* Life is resilient
- comes from variety
huge number of ideas -> smaller number of experiments -> smaller number of projects -> smaller number of winners
Cemex (cement company) innovation days.
Hundreds of ideas are generated through successive rounds of innovation "ping-pong".
Innovators receive recognition and honors.
* Markets are resilient
- rapidly reallocate resources from yesterday's ideas to tomorrow's ideas
Shell Gamechanger Process
2. Peer review
3. Test and Mature ($25k)
4. Expert Review
5. First tollgate: Value proposition
6. Technical feasibility
7. Second tollgate: Business logic
Submission to experimental capital: 5 business days.
* Democracies are resilient
Example: W.L. Gore
- no titles
- every employee gets 10% dabbling time
- there's a market for talent
- no division can grow to more than 200 people
* Faith is resilient
Meaning -> Resilience
What is the meaning of your work.
* Cities are resilent
- they offer the possibility for serendipidity
- whereas in your organization you may have the same people talking to the same people, year after year
Proposition #5: You are not just librarians
New roles - raising your value added
1. Court jesters
2. Mindset engineers
3. Future-seeking radar
4. Decision architects
Move from being custodians of information to catalysts for renewal.
Open Access: Evaluating Quality and Participation
Marie E. McVeigh
Citation Development Manager at Thompson Scientific
National Academy of Sciences
will address publisher's business models
Marie E. McVeigh
Citation Analysis of Open Access Journals
how many open access journals are part of the Thomson citation database
- What is OA
- Thomson coverage of OA journals
- Measuring the effect of OA on a journal, and on an article
Nine flavours of OA
- dual mode
- OA abstracts
- per-capital OA
- article-level archiving
Thomson normally selects 10% of journals for coverage, they are covering roughly 20% of OA journals.
Total 1638 journals listed. 270 journals covered in Web of Science.
"an incredibly vibrant, changing population of journals"
* Effect of Open Access at the journal level
quick definitions on immediacy index, impact factor, cited half-life
chart on citation performance
- open access journals do appear in top 10% by impact factor and immediacy
- more higher rated by immediacy
focus on medicine - 83 OA journals
- there is a suggestion that a higher percentage of these journals are being cited more in the first year (immediacy)
many journals only have partial OA content online - medicine journals on average 37 years in print, but only 7.4 years of OA content available (I may be mangling this point)
- net increase in # of journals using OA
- OA journals appear at all impact factor levels, most subjects have at least one OA journal in top impact factor ranking
- some point I missed
chart showing different combinations of OA, partial OA, delayed OA etc.
examined 174 journals in clinical and research medicine
approx 60% of articles 1992-2003 are avail electronic, approx 20% is OA
count increases if you consider additional OA models
chart showing distribution of journals across different OA models
* Effect of OA at the article level
Lawrence's work on increased citations for freely available articles.
However, limited to conference papers in computer science field.
This result may not be representative.
study by Kristin Antelman?
found an effect across several disciplines, for traditional journal articles
articles freely available have a higher number of citations
* Which articles are OA
Jonathen Wren (2005)
- Probability of finding an article freely available correlated with how recently the article was published and with the impact factor of the original source journal
Brief Mention of Access Issue
Open Access and PNAS
website 1.5 million hits per week
11.4 million PDFs downloaded
graph of usage decay
most popular in first few months
at six months, content becomes freely available
PNAS Open Access Survey
willing to pay 50/50
max amount $500 (80%), $1000 (15%)
they chose $1000 surcharge
experiment began May 2004
immediate access at PNAS and PubMed Central vs after 6 months
In 2005: if your institution subscribes, they charge you $750
uptake roughly 16-17%
uptake per classification: genetics 21%, neuroscience 19%, down from there
Are OA papers read more and sooner than subscription access papers?
- Preliminary data indicate OA papers are read by almost 50% more in the first month
Are OA papers cited more and sooner?
- Preliminary data indicate no
Does OA cause subscription cancellation?
- don't know
In first month, OA articles have about 900 hits, subscription articles just under 600 hits.
Chart showing no citation impact difference.
they have made a clear distinction on their site (visually) between OA and non-OA articles
have also marketed OA
eligible authors were not using discount, so they are now manually checking
* Conclusions and further steps
- survey author community
- weigh risk and opportunity
- a couple more I missed
Faculty Interest in Open Access
Vehicles of OA
- archives or repositories
- other (e.g. personal websites)
- wider access (more stuff to read)
- save money
- make research more accessible
Awkward background facts
Librarians understand the problem better than faculty.
Faculty have more control over the solution than librarians.
- they decide whether to submit to OA journal
- they decide whether to deposit in repository
- they decide whether to transfer copyright
More awkward facts
Faculty are slow to act. They are focused on their research.
- Only about 6% journals are fully OA
- Only about 20% of faculty have self-archived to an institutional repository
Why are faculty slow to act?
- don't understand it
- fear that it will take too much time
Need to convince faculty that this is a career-building activity.
Providing OA to their own work: Why?
- OA increases impact
- further studies opcit.eprints.org/oacitation-biblio.html
- article research Harnad and Brody D-Lib 2004 (for Physics)
- 250% to 550% impact ratio increase
- submit to OA journal or submit to non-OA journal allowing postprint archive
- you may need to retain specific rights
discussion of OA journals
OA archives or repositories
- preprints (no permission needed) - but some journals still disagree, consider it prior publication
- postprints - need permission from rights-holder, but most already give permission in advance
- institutional repositories
- disciplinary repositories
- should be OAI-compliant
He has a list www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/lists.htm
Retain key rights
For the cases where the journal does not permit OA, the author needs to retain key rights.
- grant the right of first print and electronic publication, and retain the rest
- retain the right of postprint archiving and grant everything else
- many journals will negotiate if asked
- they need to know what authors want
- use retained rights to consent to OA
What about prestige?
- OA journals can have prestige, but many of them don't
- Faculty can help make OA journals prestigious
- enlighten hiring, tenure, promotion committees
Real excellence will bring reputed excellence with it, after a time lag.
Why remove permission barriers?
- or why open access and not just free access? why permit usage beyond "fair use"?
- interest of authors
-- free users from the delay of asking permission
-- free users from fair-use judgment calls
-- free archivists to migrate content to new media and formats
-- unleash readers, researchers, teachers, translators, archivists
How librarians can help
- Launch an OA institutional repository
- support OA journals
- encourage faculty
Launch an IR
Fill the IR
- help faculty deposit their work
--- MIT (wandering 3 FTEs)
--- St. Andrews (just email us, we will do the rest)
- administrators should adopt a policy to encourage or require deposit
Support OA journals: (1) Publish them
- like Philosophers' Imprint from U Michigan
- like J of Insect Science from U Arizona
- Cornell hosts Project Euclid
Support OA journals: (2) recognize them
- copyright issues
- trying is risk-free
- experts can help
Faculty may not know...
- which OA journals exist in their field
- that there are OA archives, not just OA journals
- OA archiving is compatible with publsihing in a non-OA journal
- 80% of surveyed non-OA journals permit postprint deposit in an OA repository
- may have to retain rights to provide OA
- that OA significantly increases citation impact
Q for Peter Suber: Has anyone actually convinced admin committees to change their evaluation criteria for promotion etc.?
Comment from ATT Labs person: Google Scholar people (Steve Lawrence?) may be interested in impact factor info. Mention that in corporate context, the corporation owns the copyright.
Peter Suber says: Why is ATT transferring copyright to publications, if they want to retain their intellectual property?
Guy from Caltech: published conference papers Open Access, hugely successful.
Discussion with PNAS guy about author charges.
Eliizabeth Knight, science libriarian: Q: Creative Commons? Does that play a role?
A (Peter Suber): Yes. Creative Commons removes permission barriers and makes it clear that those barriers have been removed. They provide human-readable, lawyer-readable, and machine-readable versions of the permissions.
I thought I would mention again that I have made a Blogdigger Group SLA2005-moderated.
I'm in "Blogging/RSSing the Librarian Way".
It is packed with people. I'm next to a seat with a bag on it, I have been asked multiple times if the seat is available. People are sitting in the aisles, on the floor.
Information Professional Consultant, LexisNexis
Catherine R. Lavallée-Welch
University of South Florida - Lakeland
UPDATE: Jenny Levine of The Shifted Librarian was also supposed to speak, but she was unable to attend due to personal reasons.
Trends in Blogging and RSS
31.6 million hosted blogs, 53.4 million by end 2005
66% not updated in 2 months
about a million are abandoned blogs
92.4% of blogs are created by people under 30
bloggers account for less than 2% of the adult population
By blogging, you can belong to a virtual community.
Mention of various types of blogs: CEOs, businesses, newspapers e.g. Le Monde provides blog space for subscribers, professional researchers e.g. Jupiter Research, teachers and students, librarians, etc.
List of sites providing blog hosting.
Discussion of new developments: mobile blogs, phone text/photo, photoblogs, videoblogs, dashlogs linkblogs http://www.dashlog.com/ , knowledge management blogs (klogs), password-protected project logs (plogs).
more about podcasting
going very fast
- Tagging, taxonomy, folksonomy
Newsgator is experimenting with folksonomy
LexisNexis is releasing its own taxonomy
Airtight flickr related tag browser
- Social Bookmarking
- Regional and Localized Blogs
- Bridging cultures
- Blog ads
- Blog Search Engines
- Internal Business Blogs and Wikis
Discussion of Blogging Problems
(a brief pause while I change my battery)
talking about RSS now
going very, very fast
many lists upon lists of sites
- LexisNexis Publisher
integrated content management blah blah
topics based on LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology taxonomy
- Feeds on phone
- Feeds on PDA
- Feeds in email
- RSS calendars
- shopping with RSS
- continual monitoring and delivery
- add RSS feeds to your site
- make your own feed
- internal RSS feeds
Catherine Lavallée-Welch (she is blogging for the PAM blog)
Blogs and Professional Development [I need to get this handout]
Discussion of accepted professional development activities, then connecting each one to blogging.
- helps you keep current - pinpoint the important news in a domain
- information has been pre-processed
Criteria - how do you find good blogs to use for professional development? much examination of this topic.
Article upcoming about criteria in ?Journal of Library Administration?
There is a book Weblogs and Libraries, L. Clyde, 2004.
Discussion now of publishing your own blog.
- keep up with changes
- keep with with professional reading
- desire to share info
- create a discussion place
- notoriety / professional portfolio
List of examples of good professional development blogs.
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog
List of resources for finding blogs
- search engines
- "evaluation blog": Library Stuff
- can you get information overload with blogs?
You cannot read it all - find the right level to answer your needs.
- can blogs be considered reference tools?
A: In some ways yes.
There is a sort of peer-review.
The blog will refer you to other information as well.
- do they have authority?
A: Blogs can build reputation, or a blogger might bring a reputation from other contexts.
With an established blogger, you can consider citing the blog.
there is an article in ?college and research libraries journal?
that says face-to-face and listserv are the most used for getting ideas
secondarily journals and website
A: blogs are very interactive, led by the blogger
I will be doing raw blogging here and summaries on the main SLA blog.
... session starts in 15 minutes ...
... some Toronto promo video ...
"over 4000 participants are here, including over 600 first-timers"
... promo video continues... you know, we're already in Toronto, you don't have to convince us to come here...
freaky purple lightshow
we're in a large, wide conference room packed with people
Chair of Conference Planning Committee
Mayor has proclaimed June 3-5 (?) to be Special Librarians Week in Toronto.
President of SLA
"we will, we will rock you"
Exhibit Hall more than 260 exhibitors, more than 400 booths.
Click University is coming. (SLA online training.)
Bill Buxton keynote tomorrow.
President's Showcase Dan Ping June 7 11:30 AM room 104c
Gary Hamel closing June 8 @ 9:30 AM
some LexisNexis person is introducing...
Don Tapscott opening keynote...
story about working at Bell-Northern Research (BNR)
Gordon Thompson genius inspiration, trying to explain to Bell Canada how the telephone networks would become digital, a transformation
"the trouble with you guys is you think you're in the telephone business"
Tapscott talking to Canadian Librarian Association (first keynote, years ago)
"trouble with librarians is you think you're in the library business"
"you're in the information, content, collaboration business"
"you're in the transparency business"
Tapscott's latest book - The Naked Corporation
transparency is about providing unprecedented access to information about your organization to everyone internal and external
transparency - access by stakeholders to pertinent information
- if you're going to be naked, fitness is no longer an option
- you need to have integrity as part of your corporate DNA, otherwise people will find out
- transparency is something to be embraced, enables many wonderful things
- "undress for success"
Implications for librarians:
1. Part of transparency movement
2. You're part of your company's new opportunity to communicate
Drivers of Transparency:
web, blogs, wikis - new tools for access to info
"The Internet is becoming the Hypernet - pervasive, ubiquitous, mobile computing"
The Hypernet: Devices
the popular Treo 650 show and tell
the usual (Ken Nickerson) "everything that has electral power has an IP address, everything talks to everything"
the ridiculous LG Internet Fridge
Dexit digital cash (RF)
cash is opaque
shirts with chips in the collar
sounds like a nightmare to me
The Hypernet: Bandwidth
Explosion in Bandwidth
hello OC3, OC48...
NakedWireless.ca (incorrect URL, or site is down)
The New Competitive Space
first: giant integrated Industrial Age Corp, because costs of transactions, search, coordination too high
then: Extended Enterprise - start to focus on expertise, and collaborate
finally: Business Webs
this is driving transparency
you need to be open with all of these business web partners just for the model to work
Growing Up Digital
Boom, Bust and Echo
"the first generation to be bathed in bits"
time on the net is mainly taken away from television
when they're watching TV, it's on the background, they're on the computer and doing other things
kids know more about new tech than their parents
Discussion of N-Gen in the Workforce, as Consumers
rise of the Civil foundation
Science and the knowable
The Corporate Trust Crisis
However, there are many Obstacles to Transparency.
Planning for Transparency: most companies don't have a strategy or plan.
research: Knowledge Management as we know it has not been very successful
maybe the whole metaphor is wrong: putting knowledge into containers
"maybe we should start to think about content collaboration tools" instead
running out of time
Transparent Corporate Values
Hi, I'm at the SLA conference in Toronto.
I have reached the conference centre through the power of Zen navigation.
I devised a not-so-brillant plan of vacationing for 4 days in New York, flying back to Ottawa and arriving at 11 PM yesterday (Sunday), and then flying to Toronto at 6 AM today (Monday).
So if you see a dazed, sleepy-looking guy wandering around with a yellow SLA Blogger ribbon, that's probably me. I didn't actually manage to coordinate my packing and repacking well enough to bring any of my geeky bloggerwear.
So far I have managed to take some very bad photos on the way in.
A giant windmill in Toronto? Who knew? (Presumably power generating.)
I got wireless Internet so I will be online most of the day.
(I paid separately for it, it's not available generally to conference attendees or even to conference bloggers.)
See previous posting Finding Me at SLA 2005 for some info on locating me.
Does anyone know how to build blogdigger groups that include searches?
I made a group SLA2005-moderated to try to capture blogs beyond just the main SLA conference blog.
I wanted to try to filter or incorporate tagged postings, but there are two problems:
1) BlogDigger only sees true, RSS-level categories. So if it's e.g. a Blogger blog using Technorati pseudotagging, you can't do a subject search.
2) You can't build BlogDigger groups from other BD searches (at least, it wouldn't work for me)
I tried to add the RSS feed
but BD just ignored the addition.
If anyone wants the moderator password, just email me. I just passworded to protect against random additions. You're welcome to create an SLA2005-unmoderated as well.
So far I just added the two division blogs: PAM and News Division.
The more I try searching or grouping based on tags, the more I find things that don't work,
or search engines that are indexing way too slow and way too little.
As indicated on my conference plan, I will be at SLA 2005 from June 6-8.
I have never actually been to an SLA conference before.
I may possibly show up at various venues, since CISTI is a member of many divisions.
Currently I am planning on going to the IT Division Science Fiction thing Monday June 6 at 8 PM, but it's possible instead that I will sleep.
I would have gone to a Tafelmusik concert but they're not playing in June :(
I will be unreachable June 2-5, after which I will try to be very reachable at the conference.
Keep in mind that my background is physics and computer science, so please forgive if I blog sometimes along the lines of "some famous librarian that I have never heard of is talking about some widely-known library principles that I have never heard of".
I will be paying for wireless if it isn't otherwise available.
You can reach me via email (see the sidebar on the right), and read a tiny bit about me in the "ABOUT" thing on the right as well (it's not obvious that it's a link, but it is).
I am not normally on IM, but I will have it on at the conference.
I'll be using the Fire multi-IM client on the Mac.
AIM / iChat-AIM: richardakerman
(others available on request)
As you can see, I am not so much for the clever IM nicknames.
I am not actually of the IM generation, the only time I ever use it is to chat with one co-worker when I'm working at home, so it's entirely possible I will violate some sacred IM etiquette, or have no idea what I'm doing.
As for recognizing me, I may be wearing some or all of:
- the stylish and much sought-after Science Library Pad tshirt
- the classic ORA "I'm Blogging This" tee
- a Blogger hoodie
UPDATE 2005-06-07: I didn't actually manage to bring any of the above clothes. Feel free to click through and admire/purchase an SLP tee tho :)
- a yellow SLA 2005 BLOGGER ribbon
I will also probablly be carrying around an MEC bag, in typical Canadian fashion.
If for some reason you're wondering what divisions and groups CISTI is in:
|Information Technology Div|
|Petro & Energy Resource Div|
|Eastern Canada Chapter|
|Biomedical & Life Sci Division|
|Competitive Intelligence Div|
|Physics Astronomy Math Div|
|Aerospace Section of Engineer|
|Materials Research & Manufact|
|Environment & Resource Mgt Div|
The theory behind the Technorati taggregation is great: see all posts with a tag on one page, aggregated from the blogosphere, Flickr, Furl and delicious.
The reality is that it is subject to the whims of Technorati indexing, which means that if Technorati indexes your site a lot, you end up looking like a taghog, while if Technorati doesn't pick up your site, it looks like you're excluded.
For example right now Technorati tag sla2005 shows loads of my posts, but none of the good new posts from the SLA PAM Division blog. There are similar problems with BlogDigger, which does not appear to have the DPAM blog in its index.
I guess this is one of the risks you're always stuck with when relying on third-party tools outside of your control.
In theory, if you ping Technorati, it's supposed to pick up your new postings in its next indexing sweep.
Until there's some more reliable way of getting tagged postings indexed quickly and reliably, I can see there's going to be a bit of taggravation.
It also appears that the wireless situation is a no-go (I plan to pay for my own)
and that the post tagging message has not caught on.
I will be at SLA 2005. I'll put up a post with more info on June 1.
I hope SLQ won't mind too much if I copy scitech library question - Discussion List for SLA Conference in Toronto.
David Hook, on a number of SLA discussion groups, posted the following:
For those of you planning on attending the Toronto conference: it appears that there isn't a conference attendees discussion list set up for this year.
So, as an alternative many people are subscribing to the Toronto Chapter discussion list and posting their questions/requests for recommendations there. There have been some questions posted already about recommendations for live music venues, upcoming plays/musicals, etc.
If you are planning on attending the conference, I'd recommend joining the discussion list (for which you can sign up at http://lists.sla.org).
I don't know why, in 2005, SLA didn't set up a discussion list for their conference this year, but David offers a good alternative. More information on subscribing is available on the Toronto Chapter web site.
Once you subscribe, you can use the subscribed email address to log in to lists.sla and read the archives.
I've also been asked about a wiki. Does anyone want a wiki? I'm happy to set one up, but I feel a bit presumptuous doing so, SLA is a multi-thousand member organization and I am only one eccentric blogger who has never even been to an SLA conference before.