Greetings from MLA ’08!
The Research Committee presented its poster today: Health Sciences Libraries in Michgian: Connecting to Emerging Web 2.0 Technologies. The poster was well received. Some poster viewers were interested in our findings, as they were looking at the same issues. Eric Schnell, who will be part of Monday’s Panel Discussion on “Top Technology Trends” pointed out that Web 2.0 has been around for 5 years now, and we should be moving on to something else. In particular, he suggests that we would be better off experimenting and learning on our own, rather than waiting for an annual conference to find out what’s happening. I agree, by the time a technology trend is explored by early adopters, noted by conference planners, and added to a conference schedule, the technology wave has moved on. However, one of the barriers that librarians expressed in the MHSLA survey is lack of time for learning the technologies. One of the values of a hands-on workshop is that it occurs away from the workplace in a setting that allows learning time uninterrupted by the daily demands of providing library services and attending to customers.
I’ll be interested to see what Schnell and his fellow panelists identify as the “next big thing.”
MLA members unable to attend the conference have an opportunity to view a live webcast of the Wednesday May 21 plenary session “Web 2.0 Tools for Librarians: Description, Demonstration, Discussion, and Debate.” For details see the MLA website: http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2008/events/plenary_webcast.html?focus_20080516