Didn’t get funding to come to Conference?  Still want to know what goes on?  Here are some of the people covering it.

http://lianzablog2009.datacom.co.nz – A suite of blogs featuring such blogoholics as LibraryKris, Corin Haines and our own Mo-mo.  See what’s been updated lately via Netvibes.

http://ania30.wordpress.com/ – Library student and winner of Te Hikuwai Region scholarship Hydestor prize

http://deborahfitchett.blogspot.com/ – Live-blogged last year, likely to update regularly this.

http://diligentroom.wordpress.com/ – Many hands make light work?

http://www.paulhayton.co.nz/blog – Inveterate web 2.0er, presenting on such at conference.

http://cclbibliofile.wordpress.com/ – Christchurch City Libraries professional blog. They’ll be sending a swag of staff along some of whom will blog it.

There’s also the Twitterati – this just a selection of folks who may be tweeting during conference. Add them to your following list to keep an eye on what they have to say.

Ania30 MagLib Paddy Plunket Vye Perrone Moira Fraser Chelsea@NatLib Brenda Chawner Kris Hana Mirla Adrian Corin Susanne Newton Courtney@NatLib Paul Hayton Deborah Fitchett Nat Torkington Tim Greig Aotearoa People’s Network

The FriendFeed will also let you know what’s coming through via blogs, Twitter, Flickr, and Youtube to do with LIANZA Conference 2009.  And as always, if you know of someone who’s feeding their conference experience out via the web then post the URL as a comment below.

Corin Haines, web-citizen and Manager of Digital Services at Manukau Libraries has an interesting proposition for those attending conference…

I have been aware for some time that although we librarians are active in the digital space, and people do blog about conference, we have never really had a cohesive and co-ordinated blogging of the conference experience. With this in mind, I was talking with Datacom a few weeks back and they volunteered to set up a WordPress server that could be used as a platform for setting up a blog community associated with conference.

This has just been set up and so I would like to invite anyone interested to go to http://lianzablog2009.datacom.co.nz/, register a blog and have a go at blogging their conference. We have called this site the LIANZA Conference 2009 Blog Community but I would like to stress this is in no way associated with the official conference blog and I am not part of the organising committee and this is not an official LIANZA Conference 2009 resource. [Blog ed – it might not sound like it but he likes us really ;-)]

You will notice that on the site homepage there is an Updated Blogs section, so you will be able to check back here to see which blogs have been updated and follow the links through to read them. Also, I will be updating the main LIANZA Conference 2009 Blog Community blog with a list of all blogs created, so people can easily view all the blogs associated with conference that have been created on this site. The intention is to close off all blogs at the end of conference so this can be a defined record of participant’s conference experience.

I myself will be blogging, tweeting and vlogging from conference, so I hope you tune in and leave a comment or four.

Why not give this a go? Even if you only post one entry for each day, it will contribute to the record of the event.

I look forward to seeing you all at the conference.

So there you have it folks.  This might be particularly appealing to those of you who don’t have your own blog already but are keen to test the waters.  As Corin mentioned, we’ll be posting a list of URLs to the blogs, Twitters etc. that we know about that will be covering conference and we’ll add links to blogs hosted on the Datacom WordPress server AND if you tag til you just can’t tag no more (lianza09 or #lianza09 for you tweeters) then your contributions will also be captured in the Friendfeed.

Let’s share and document and describe and opine as only information professionals can.

Even this kitten is on Twitter so why arent you social networking

Making IT (and kittens) work for you

Corin Haines is the Manager of Digital Services at Manukau Libraries and will be delivering a session on IT at this year’s conference.  We asked him if he’d care to enlighten us on what he’ll be talking about and he said yes.  Yay!

Last week I listened to a fantastic interview with Courtney Johnston from National Library in the New Technology section of Kathryn Ryan’s Nine-Noon show. In this she talked about the use of technology in the GLAM sector, which was perfectly timed for me as I refine one of the sessions I will be co-presenting at Conference. Courtney’s enthusiasm and passion for this area, served to remind me of exactly why the potential of social media is so wonderful for libraries.

The Tuesday of Conference is sponsored by Datacom and in the morning of this day I am presenting a session called “Making IT work for you” with Warwick Grey from H.P. In this session we will look at new technology, how you can use it and how you can leverage social media to engage with library customers.

In the social media part of our talk, we will look at how to use a mini video camera to quickly film online content and upload it to make it available in minutes. How to take multiple information sources and create a Mash Up and generate new content. How Twitter can be used within the library setting to not only engage with library users online, but create communities of interest.

Also, this year during conference I will be tweeting and vlogging my conference experience. This will include covering sessions, conversations with vendors and attendees, and of course the social activities.

Social media is all around us and libraries are perfectly placed to take advantage of it to connect with their customers. In fact it is already being used by libraries in New Zealand and around the world to great effect, and the best thing is it is achievable, low cost and usually requires little infrastructure. I hope you come along to our Tuesday morning session and take advantage of the other sessions at conference dealing with social media, and if you haven’t already begin to dip your feet in the water.

Come on in, the water’s fine!

You might meet some interesting people

You might meet some interesting people

LIANZA sponsors several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and most of them are taking the opportunity to meet with members during the course of Conference.

These events are scattered throughout Conference, and include formal workshops, AGMs and informal meetings.  I hear that the SLIS one even involves food (Strawberry Fare on Tuesday morning  for breakfast- yummo!), if there was ever a good time to become a special librarian…

More information can be found in the Conference Programme, and on the SIG list-servs.

And if you are organising a SIG event – let us know and we’ll spread the word!

As you may have already discovered, we’ve been talking about and promoting conference via this blog, the LIANZA website, Twitter, Facebook, Library Life, LIANZA regional newsletters & blogs, flickr.com, list-serv announcements and word-of-mouth.

We’ve got some questions for you, the potential conference attendee.

Firstly, we’d like to feedback about what’s working for you in terms of finding out about conference.

Are you taking advantage of RSS feeds? Do you re-Tweet? Are you a “long-time lurker, first-time commenter”? Are you using the LIANZA09 tag?

We’d like to know how you are talking about conference, in your workplace, with colleagues, on list-servs, throughout your regions.

Secondly, how will you be reporting while you are at conference? Are you planning to blog during conference – will it be via a personal blog or a workplace blog? Will you be tweeting? Will you be updating your Facebook page? Are you likely to use mobile technology?

The week prior conference we’ll be looking to promote ways in which those folks who can’t make conference can keep up-to-date with the happenings at conference. We’d like to give your online presence a plug, so we’ll be putting out the call for links to your online conference reporting – so be prepared to send us a link or two.

Well isn’t Twitter just the social networking tool du jour?  Everyone from John Campbell to Miley Cyrus to Oliver Driver’s dog Jack (every man and his dog really do have a Twitter account) is on there…and so are we!  Though we’ve got significantly less “followers” than those three.  Less popular than a quasi-celebrity dog, that’s us!

But we do have what I consider to be a very healthy 76 followers.  So what if Miss Cyrus has over a million?  And Jack Driver has over 400?  Well, okay we might be a wee bit jealous so do us a favour and make friends with us in the Twitterverse? 

In return we’ll keep you posted on Conference related developments such as when Earlybird Registrations open (very imminent) and what’s hot in the Conference Programme (including the social side of things)  and we’ll be doing it in the most succinct fashion possible.

Please come tweet with us…and all together now “He rocks in the treetops all day long, hopping and a bopping and a singing his song…”

Over the last few weeks we’ve been drip-feeding you the Keynote speakers who will be setting the tone for this year’s conference.  Today we announce the final speakers, one of whom will be a familiar face, the other not so much…

Penny Carnaby photoPenny Carnaby

The big cheese/head honcho of the National Library of New Zealand Penny is always a warm and engaging speaker who has a knack for summing up the general mood of a gathering (plus she’s a southern girl, and we like that).  In her role as National Librarian Penny has led the organisation’s digital strategy focused in three key areas covering digital content, connection and preservation to deliver a New Generation National Library.

Penny is also Deputy Chair of the ICT Steering Committee for Education, a member of the Learning State Industry Training Board, the Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC), a member of National State Libraries of Australasia (NSLA), and Adjunct Professor in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington.  In 2008 Penny was re-appointed to chair the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) internationally.  She’s a busy woman and no mistake, I mean look at all those acronyms.

Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2003, Penny was University Librarian and Deputy Librarian at Macquarie University in Sydney.  Previous to this she enjoyed a long career in the tertiary sector in several roles at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), including leading integrated education delivery services in library and learning services, e-learning and staff development.  In 1999-2000 she served as National President LIANZA, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Association in 2001.

Penny’s professional interest is in creating national frameworks and strategies to enhance the flow of information to all parts of society.  She believes that New Zealand Aotearoa has the potential to become a leading information democracy.  Her personal interests include the environment and wildlife of Australia and New Zealand, and the management of a small farm on Banks Peninsula, growing native trees.

And lastly, but by no means leastly…

tim_spaldingTim Spalding

Tim Spalding’s name may not be one that you are familiar with but you’re almost certain to have heard about his creation LibraryThing, the social cataloguing and social networking website.

Tim started LibraryThing in 2005 as a pet project to catalogue his books. Since then over 700,000 members have catalogued over 40 million books on LibraryThing, and whole new form of book life has been created.  But of course LibraryThing is about more than just books, its sense of community (check out Librarians who LibraryThing if you haven’t already) is one of its strong points.  LibraryThing must surely be one of the best examples of Web 2.0 at work.

Before LibraryThing, Tim was a graduate student in Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan, and worked for a Boston publisher. He lives in Portland, Maine but will be making the trip to Christchurch to speak at this year’s conference and we couldn’t be any more chuffed.

Want to know more?