Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SLA 2009 – Day 4 – Tuesday

Early morning – session at 7:30 am

7: 30am -- More With Less: Successful Time Management Practices

11: 30am  --Solo Librarians Division Business Meeting Luncheon

12:30 Interdisciplinary Science and Its Impact on Information Professionals

1: 30pm  -- Working Smarter: Creating a Virtual Assistant

5pm  -- All Sciences Poster Session and Reception

9 pm -- Information Technology, Leadership and Management, and Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Divisions Open House: The Embassy Ball

with visits to the exhibits mixed in.



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SLA 2009 -- Day 3 - Monday

Slept in this morning. First session not until 9 am.

Went to first choice – ROI 2.0 corporate libraries – seemed like a long ad for an ebook vendor. left and went to second choice – Radical Reference – not what I thought at all. Too left wing for me.

Went to third choice – social networking analysis with Jay Liebowitz – this one was a great choice. Mapping of social networks to determine communication channels and interactions to locate bottlenecks and unconnects

At 11 am went to “moving up the ladder when there is no ladder to climb”. Jeanne Miller of UMICH was first speaker. Hildy Dworkin in NY city government was second and Karen Rescik was third. Very interesting and provided some good ideas to try.

Between all sessions I went to the exhibit hall and met people, learned about potential services, etc.

Migraine caused me to miss Canadian Reception and Elsevier Reception. Went to Solo open house and IT open house as they were in my hotel.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

SLA 2009 – Day 2

Got to sleep in today.  Rain was predicted, but the weather has remained beautiful. Sunny and clear.

Had a few things to print and had a bit of problem with the Kinkos systems, but worked it out.

Solo Division Board meeting at noon. Went well. I am secretary and hope to have minutes finished in the next few days.

Went to the exhibits for most of the afternoon. Talked to many vendors and picked up some quality swag.

Skipped the keynote because my head was not good. Stayed in and rested.

Went to SciTech Poster session

Knowledge Management Reception


and IT receptions.

SLA 2009 Day 1

5:00 am Woke up in Oakville ON

5:30 AM - Picked up by Airport Limo and whisked off to Toronto Pearson International Airport for a 8:00 am flight (we must be at the airport 2 hours before international flights and no matter what some people think, USA is still an international country)

5:50 AM - Checking in

6:20 AM - Sitting in boarding area waiting

6:25 AM - Drinking a Tim Hortons coffee and enjoying a toasted everything bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese

7:15 AM - Getting US cash from ATM in terminal

8:00 AM - On plane

9:10 AM - In Washington DC

11:15 AM - Checking into Washington Renaissance Hotel Downtown

1:00 PM – Headed for Convention Center. One block away.

Computers down at registration at conference centre. Back up shortly. Computer tells me to go to “badge pickup” – ???? – no signs, no nothing with that on it. What it really means is “Talk to person behind desk to get tickets and bag”.

1:30 PM – sandwich, chips, and Diet Coke (my hotel is all Pepsi, bummer) from upper level conference snack booth ($12) and wading through stuff in conference bag. Put badge together, checked tickets, read programme, etc.

2:00 PM – in 2010 New Orleans Planning Meeting!! Guess who is keynote speaker next year – James Carville and his wife (I guess you US people would know her, but all I know is she is the other party from him and I don’t even know which party he is [yes yes, I could look it up, but it does not really matter that much to me]) I do not follow politics but this is a very interesting choice. Guess Brad Pitt was unavailable :)
Met Hildy Dworkin and Rene Shoemaker, my fellow SOLO exec members.

5:00 PM – in Renaissance bar/restaurant having drinks and dinner with Hildy and Rene.

6 PM – on bus tour of Washington – see photos on Flickr, as I won’t post them all here :) I took this one. It was a very nice day for a tour. Too humid and no water available. Herded all over and meeting the same herds, I mean tour groups, over and over at each landmark.  (Note to tour company – water the livestock occasionally)

Met a bunch of very nice ladies on the tour!!

9:30 PM -  heading  back to hotel, hot and thirsty

The rest of the evening was checking email, finding minutes for Sunday’s board meeting, putting feet up and off to ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ by 11PM. An early night, perhaps the last :)

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Sharing SLA 2009 Personal Conference Planner information

A tweet on Twitter from Jill Hurst-Wahl about not being able to share SLA Conference Planner information started this chain of thought.

Google calendars are easily shared, posted and updated from exported data from other calendar programmes. I knew last year I exported my conference planner, imported it into Outlook and printed the pages in a more user friendly format.

I knew the same could be done for Google calendar.

  • Start in your planner. Click the button to “Export to Outlook” and save the file somewhere you can remember. This creates a CSV file.
  • open Google calendar (http://calendar.google.com)
  • create a new calendar if you want, or import the items into your existing one. I created a new one called SLA 2009
  • Click “settings” on the “My calendars” box and choose “import calendar” under “My Calendars”
  • Browse to the file you saved above, choose which Google calendar to import into and Import.

Under calendar details for this calendar you now have options to share it, post it, etc. Here is mine. You can see I still have a few decisions to make as to which sessions I will be attending. You can update it by exporting from the Planner and importing into Google calendar again and not allowing duplicates.