Although the structure and program of the day will be determined by the attendees in the first hour of the meeting, it is worth getting some discussions going now about what people might be interested in. Please list them here. Anything is fair game; don't hold back on topics you think library staff should be talking about. Feel free to brainstorm here in as messy a way as you'd like.

To make an unconference event like this work, we need a critical mass of attendees who are coming to participate. This does not mean people need to prepare slide presentations (you can if you want, though), but do consider contributing in one of these ways:
  • asking questions in discussion sessions
  • leading or facilitating a discussion session
  • talking about your experiences and insights
  • blogging the event (live or later on)
  • contributing to the Library Camp NYC wiki

Wondering what the event will be like and what to bring? Then check out the What To Expect page.

Suggestions Made Via SurveyMonkey A While Ago

Here are topics people expressed an interest in, based on a survey Steven Kaye did at

  • "small pieces loosely joined"; technology acceptance; collaboration
  • Getting Your Institution Library 2.0 Compliant
  • honoring the old and the new
  • Keeping up with technology
  • How librarian skills can be applied to a variety of disciplines
  • open source
  • Identify current and future challenges for Library/Information Sp
  • Wikis vs 'Expert' Wiki's -- when does the wisdom of the masses fall down in the face of trust?
  • Keeping Up
  • Hacking Your Way to Innovation
  • Internet / Copyright / Telecom Policy and how it affects 2.0 type applications (pro and con) and political action promoting 2.0 friendly legislation
  • libraries - value-added services
  • opportunities for libraries
  • create job positions and work places that are dynamic and flexible WITHOUT shoddy training and over-the-top Stress
  • finding a sort of middle ground between the traditional library and the internet-based "library"; talking about how we can utilize both to their greatest extents
  • while this is not an overall theme, i would like sessions on integrating web 2,0 into KM
  • Overcoming challenges to becoming an L2-compliant library (e.g. staff resistance, administrative fear, lack of interest in experimentation)

I'd Like to Hear Discussions About...

  • Implementation options for federated search tools (Stephen Francoeur)
  • Solr and Lucene (Stephen Francoeur)
  • Skill Share, rather than discussion: how to repair books (so that you can get books into donateable condition, rather than having to discard them. Did anyone learn any practical/manual skills in library school???) (Jenna Freedman)
  • LibraryThing for Libraries experience...implementation (Steve Carr)
  • Niche/Target audience web success stories (Steve Carr)
  • Seamlessly connecting our users from their search engine results to content the library has access to (toolbars and bookmarklets with link resolvers; authentication issues with EZ Proxy, Shibboleth, Athens, and possible use of OpenID) (Stephen Francoeur)
  • How about an "e-card" for patrons who just would like to use our online databases? Maybe they don't even have to be residents of the district! (Ellen Druda) [Ellen - have you seen the article by Lorrie from Contra Costa in May 2007 Computers in Libraries? They are doing this now - Steve Carr]
  • Helping staff understand the importance of Customer Service.
  • How to effectively supervise staff with so much job security that they just have to "show up".
  • Investigating the usefulness of tutorials, handouts, etc. with Net-Gen students.
  • What is your library or you personally doing in Second Life? Is your library or you involved in any other virtual worlds? How have you gotten people up to speed on virtual worlds and its high learning curve? (rachel watstein)
  • getting students to use databases first, instead of googling everything.
    • I will be attending the sessions on Second Life, but I have 6 years of research with hundreds of undergraduates in 2 universities that proves leveling the playing field in an experimental setting is one solution. I'll be happy to share my methods/results of this PSC-CUNY sponsored research project. (Katherine Shelfer)
  • What else is new or innovative in the library world besides myspace, facebook or gaming.
  • Metadata & Digital Libraries - particularly customizing standards to meet your library's needs (Nicole C. Engard)
  • The future of libraries
  • Libraries eliminating the Dewey Decimal System
  • The role of semantic web technologies in digital libraries
    • I'd like to make sure that the discussion is pitched at a level that the curious but relatively uninformed (like me) could get the big picture of why semantic web technologies might be useful in the library world. I'd like to discuss the definition of RDF, OWL, etc., and also hear about notable projects in semantic web world, such as Freebase, FOAF, SIMILE (Stephen Francoeur)
  • the uses of blogging & IM @ the library -- particularly in helping promote the library (blogging on library website, for example)
  • library's experience in customizing Library Websites for the user (logging into a library's website), and integration with their catalog (if it also requires logging in)
  • experience with Joomla vs. Drupal
  • LOCKSS and CLOCKSS (Stephen Francoeur)
  • discussion of tagging, cataloging, authority control, folksonomies, organization of information, ontologies using David Weinberger's Everything Is Miscellaneous or Clay Shirky's Ontology Is Overrated as starting points for the conversation (Stephen Francoeur)
  • Library 2.0 - what it means in the corporate environment (Steven Kaye)
  • Twitter, and like services, as marketing, readers' advisory, and reference service tools. (Linda Braun)
  • Institutional Repositories and Faculty Intellectual Property concerns (Jason Casden)
  • What happens when google owns all our content?
  • Open source software options for libraries -- specific suggestions? experiences?
  • Information Literacy 101: Opportunities for public, research and academic libraries to partner in preparing college freshmen for the challenges and fun of doing independent research. (Sharon Jarvis)
  • drupal, joomla, other open source software (polly farrington)

I'd Be Willing to Lead or Facilitate Discussions About...

  • Cooperative chat reference services (Stephen Francoeur)
  • 2.0 Tool show & tell--what are you using (Flickr,, Google Docs, etc.) and how has it worked (Rebecca Hedreen)
  • Unleash library services with OpenSearch (Michael Giarlo)
  • Zines in libraries: what, how, why (Jenna Freedman)
  • Doing it yourself: independent community librarianship projects like Radical Reference (Jenna Freedman--with other RR volunteers, I assume!)
  • What is the future of the library? (Dan Lurie)
  • 2.0 Tools for Intranets (Nicole C. Engard)
  • Blogging in Libraries (Nicole C. Engard)
  • Keeping up with Technology (Nicole C. Engard)
  • How to experiment with new technology-based services in a corporate setting (Steven Kaye)
  • How to promote services with remote users (Steven Kaye)
  • XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) (Rita Ormsby)
  • Choosing and using XML based Digital Library Standards (Terry Catapano)
  • XSLT (Terry Catapano)
  • Modeling and describing "Digital Objects" (Terry Catapano)
  • FRBR; CIDOC-CRM, and other ontologies (Terry Catapano)
  • Lightning Talk: Usefuless of Google Sets, Google Suggest, and other "minor" Google modules (Jill Cirasella)
  • Do librarians in Academic Libraries feel prepared enough to teach? What are some of the learning styles or methods in delivering information literacy accross the curriculum?
  • LibraryThing for Libraries (Kate Sheehan and Abby Blachly)
  • "The Outpost": A new public service model for urban library systems (Nate Hill)
  • What are people/libraries doing in Second Life and/or other virtual worlds? (Rachel Watstein)
  • 2.0 in School Libraries - challenges, opportunities, interesting applications (Polly Farrington)
  • "grid" services from the global library (Eric Hellman)
  • why iTunes is the world's best digital library software (Eric Hellman)
  • trying out libraries on the iPhone (Eric Hellman)

Nota Bene

Remember that the final program of discussion topics will be determined on the day of the meeting by the actual attendees.

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