I've just signed on as co-organizer of THATCamp MCN in Atlanta this November. If you're a museum professional or student, or interested in the humanities, technologies, and museum studies, please check out this unconference -- it's free! If you're on a limited travel budget this year (as many of us are), note the bit below about the available fellowships.
Yesterday was the official fellowship application deadline, but I believe it may end up being extended for a couple of weeks, so go ahead and apply.
I think THATCamps are amazingly cool and I'm really excited to be a part of one. If you have access to a blog, listserv or other forum that you think might be interested in this event, please feel free to share the following event announcement:
THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) is an open meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. It is an unconference, which means that there are no presentations, and all participants work together to form the program. On Saturday, November 19 in downtown Atlanta, GA, the Museum Computer Network is sponsoring THATCamp MCN, a free unconference for anyone interested in how new technologies and platforms are changing the landscape of museums.
Graduate students in museum studies or related disciplines, museum professionals, and developers are all encouraged to register. Topics for discussion might include everything from managing software projects to uses of social media for museums, and participants are also encouraged to propose coding sessions and co-writing sessions where the emphasis is on doing, not talking. We plan to have a draft program up by September 1, but participants can continue to submit session ideas even as the unconference is taking place. There will also be free workshops at THATCamp MCN on technologies such as the Omeka web exhibit builder, and $500 fellowships are available courtesy of the Kress Foundation to make it possible for early-career museum professionals and students to travel to THATCamp MCN. The fellowship application deadline is August 15 (extended from August 1).
This unconference is offered in conjunction with the Museum Computer Network conference, but if you are attending the MCN meeting, you must still register separately for THATCamp MCN. You do not need to register for the MCN meeting in order to attend THATCamp MCN.
Personally, I'm (so far) most looking forward to the Omeka workshops; that's something I've been wanting to learn more about for quite some time now.
I'll be presenting at the Lyrasis Technology Ideas and Insights Series conference: "Positioning your Library in the Mobile Ecosystem: Content and Delivery," on Monday, September 12, 2011, here in Atlanta. I'm pleased to be giving a presentation with my friend and GSU Library colleague Sarah Steiner. Sarah is a wonderful speaker, and it's been at least a couple of years since the two of us have had the chance to give a presentation together.
Our session is:
Transforming Library Services: Models for Implementing Emerging Technologies
Over the last several years, Georgia State University Library has undergone dramatic physical and virtual transformations to better meet the needs of our diverse and changing student population. We have implemented new research guides, search and discovery tools, social media outreach, online reference, and mobile services, to name a few. In this session, we will share best practices and tips for strategic planning, division of labor, creating buy-in, assessment, and ongoing management of these technologies and others.
In the three years that I've been at GSU, we've devoted a lot of time and energy to shifting our library services online, and we'll be talking about the work that our colleagues have put into making it all work. I hope you can join us. Registration is open.
Great idea from Blake Carver of LISHost -- LISEvents.com is a new crowd-sourced directory of library conferences, workshops, webinars and other events. There's already a lot of stuff listed; add your events!
Last week I went to Montreal to present the keynote speech for the Web 2.you conference at McGill University. Web 2.you is organized by students in McGill's School of Information Studies, and I was really impressed at the whole production. As far as I know it's the only LIS conference that's entirely run by students.
I want to thank the organizers Adrienne Smith and Bruno Therrien for the invitation and all the hospitality they showed me while I was there, to the other presenters for some really informative and interesting talks, and to the attendees for their welcome and the great discussion that ensued.
I'm posting my slides here, and below that is the bibliography of sources I mentioned or used in the presentation. I also mentioned to attendees that I'd share my DRM article online, so here's the PDF link to that. When they post the video I'll link it here as well.
I'll be giving the keynote address at the Web 2.you conference hosted by McGill University in Montreal on Friday. My talk is called "The Future is Open," and I'm going to be talking about DRM, open formats, open source and self-publishing.
I've never been to Montreal, and I'm looking forward to the trip and the conference!
I just finished applying to attend THATCamp Southeast (The Humanities And Technology) unconference. It will take place at Emory University here in Atlanta, March 5-6, 2011 with a day of "Bootcamp" workshop sessions on March 4.
There’s no cost, but space is limited to about 75 attendees so you must apply and be accepted; applications are open through January 9, 2011.
I've been invited to give the keynote speech at Web 2.You at McGill University in Montreal on February 11, 2011. I'm really flattered and pleased to be asked, and I'm very excited to visit Montreal for the first time.
I'm just starting to think about the presentation, but odds are good that I'll mention open source software, open access, and DRM. I'll try to archive the speech in some form so I can share it online afterward.
Just a quick note to say I'll be presenting a session called "Zotero: Using, Teaching and Supporting The Open-Source Citation Tool" at the Georgia COMO conference in Athens next week. (This is indeed my Year To Talk About Zotero a Lot.) It'll be a little bit of how-to, but mostly about why open source is good, why Zotero is my reference manager of choice, and its potential for researchers, librarians and teachers. It's Thursday October 14, 4:30pm in Athena Ballroom J. Say hi if you can make it.