Shameless Self-Promotion

Posted On Jun 13 2007 by

I will make no apologies, for what is a blog if not self-promotion?

Innovate or die?
Many of you might have already heard that I am moderating a debate at ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., titled “The Ultimate Debate.” For the record, I didn’t give it that name. In fact, I am a even a substitute moderator for the event, doing a good turn for my overbooked and much more unflappable colleague Roy Tennant.

I don’t particularly like superlatives (it comes from reading a lot of press releases)—where does one go from “Ultimate”? Oh well. But I do like this panel and I love the topic, so I hope you will join me and the debaters—Karen Schneider, Joe Janes, and Stephen Abram—as we discuss “Do Libraries Innovate.” For pre-debate rabble-rousing, see the LITA-L list archives!

“The Ultimate Debate: Do Libraries Innovate”
Saturday, June 23, 2007 ~ 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Renaissance Mayflower (MAY) Grand Ballroom

Is there a vendor in the house?
On Sunday at ALA, Marshall Breeding and I will take to the riser with a group of technologists from some of your favorite vendors. Unlike some other panels, we have asked the CEOs to stay away and send their CTOs, technologists, and product specialists for a more technical discussion about the state of library automation and a look toward the future. The panel is co-hosted by American Libraries and the Exhibits Round Table and will take place on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage in the Exhibit Hall.

This group is not meant to be exclusive, but was kept to a relatively small number so that it would be a good session. It’s not a vendor bashing, but expect some hard and direct questions! Here’s the panel:

Oren Beit-Arie, Ex Libris
Jabe Bloom, TLC
Taco Ekkel, Medialab
Betsy Graham, Innovative Interfaces
Robin Murray, OCLC
Berit Nelson, SirsiDynix
Rob Styles, Talis

This is the first of what I hope might be an annual event. So come one, and come all.

“Speaking Technically: A Conversation about Cutting-Edge Library Automation and Technology”
Sunday, June 24, 2007 ~ 10:30 a.m.–noon
Exhibit Hall ~ LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage


[This post originally appeared as part of American Libraries’ Hectic Pace Blog and is archived here.]

Last Updated on: July 15th, 2016 at 7:41 pm, by Andrew K. Pace

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4 responses to “Shameless Self-Promotion

  1. This sounds great – I’m sorry to not be attending ALA. However, I wonder what sort of conversation it might be if the folks from Amazon and were invited….


  2. Gloria….size, revenues, good looks, bribes, and persistence played no factor. The main goals of this were:
    1) keep the panel small enough to be interesting
    2) make the questions not so general as to be mind-numbingly boring
    3) make it interesting enough to draw a crowd
    4) hope that it is popular enough to happen every year, and thus….
    5) make participation on the panel competitive so that everyone wants to be on it.

    As I said in the initial message, if we had taken on all requests, and included the broad spectrum, we would have had 12-15 on the panel and maybe that many in the crowd.

    Let’s see how the first one goes….

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