Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Three Thoughts on Internet Librarian in Monterey

Here are some stray thoughts about the conference so far:

1. I am not the oldest person here. I had thought that Internet Librarian might be dominated by twenty-something and thirty-something librarians. I was wrong. There are plenty of middle-aged boomers here. The community is not much different from any other library conference agewise.

2. None of the speakers are promoting virtual reference. I have hardly heard it mentioned. Instant messaging is the medium of choice for public service.

3. The quick 45 minute programs allow participants to attend lots of sessions. I see very few people slipping out of sessions, as they are not stuck in one place long by design. The speakers do not have time to get boring. In a few cases a little more time would have been helpful, but for the most part, the topics have been kept to manageable sizes. It works well.



Library Lady said...

Great Reporting! I feel like I'm there! Maggie :-)

K.G. Schneider said...

Rick, this is terrific--I'm enjoying your blog coverage of IL.

Squirrel said...

I'm a 30something...who is helpless without her glasses. So why is it that many of the speakers saw fit to have itty bitty font sizes in their presentations? Your Conference Goer's Guide to Seating post was entertaining but I'm just speaking up for the font-size-challenged among us. ;)