Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Blogging the conference

Thanks to J for posting about the conference. J has also posted some on her own blog.

Here's what I posted on my news research blog a couple days ago:

The News Division blog I started a few years ago for one of the SLA conventions is still available for posting from attendees, but no one has updated the blog in a long time. I've been tempted to at least add job postings there but since I'm not really a member any more (despite occasional contributions to the listserv), have hesitated to do it. If anyone attending the conference is reading this and wants to post to the blog, email me and I'll set you up.

The News Division, however, has a great program for the annual meeting. Hope everyone's having fun! (I would love to be a fly on the wall at this morning's Future of News Libraries seminar just to hear Mark Hannan, Jr, Reference Desk Director at USA Today. His father was my beloved boss, research director at the Washington Post, long ago.)

For news of the meetings, InfoToday's Blog is again covering the convention from inside. The buzz from yesterday and today is mostly about Al Gore, who did a book signing and a keynote speech. Of course there's also an SLA blog by attending members, including, I hope, some News Division members.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

SLA Update: Monday

The Special Libraries Association Annual Conference is filled with lots of News Division goodness. I've spent lots of time in News Division sessions, hanging out in the suite, and catching up with our fellow News Division colleagues.

The Denver Post tour last night was terrific. Their new digs are gorgeous. I think we spent more time talking on the 10th floor balcony than we did touring the library, oohing and aahing over its index cards and old photos. Thanks to our colleagues there for hosting us!

Afterward, I walked up the capitol and stood on any number of steps that might or might not be exactly one mile above sea level.

The Future of News Libraries session yesterday might be my favorite session so far. We're in times of great change and we need to learn how to adapt and cope. Learning what our colleagues have been through was inspiring. Nora Paul's review of technology and images was fabulous.

I know quite a few of you are really eager to find out what's happening at the conference. I've got too many balls in the air right now to do an adequate job of covering everything in real time, but I hope to be able to post notes here and on j's scratchpad eventually.