Librarians un-desked: CiL2014 Day 1

It is so good to get away from the job for just a short time to see the bigger library-in-the-world picture at Computers In Libraries 2014. I wasn’t a fan of the theme of this conference – Hack the Library – but  thanks to Dr. David Weinberger for letting me envision hacking as a tool for change.  [For me – as the keynote goes, so goes the conference – well done Dr. Weinberger!] His “Hack the Library” keynote – reminding us to white-hat hack, NOT black-hat hack NOR Bozo-hack –  hit just the go-forth-and-do-good tone.

We need to 1) think of libraries as portals and platforms and 2) further linked open data and 3) incorporate visual tools like Graph Search. According to Weinberger, if we hack the libraries we hack the future. If we do it with transparency, collaboration, relationships, and community – then we provide an infrastructure and empower the building of knowledge. Curation becomes an integral part of the knowledge process and not a separate activity.

Check the tools from Harvard Library Innovation Lab like StackLife and AwesomeBox. Well done tools and platforms should facilitate community engagement and continued enhancements.

There are a number of sessions about Discovery tools and redesigning library web sites this year. I caught Jacob Berg‘s (Trinity University Library website) CyberTour of his hack of the EDS Discovery system. Great use of OA tab and DPLA search widget (which I have added to this blog!)

I spent most of my time in Track B – Transforming Web Presence and now am practicing some of those good WordPress practices.

Search tips I need:

(Thanks to Marie Kaddell  @libraryfocus for her professional tweets of Mary Ellen Bates Super Searching tips and more of the conference!)



 Librarian reading to add to Pocket:


Need to check this out tomorrow #cildc Day 2:






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