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Master Speaker Jonathan Reichental

On Sunday, during the coming weekend's 114th California Library Association conference, you get an extra hour sleep (we revert to "standard" time from daylight saving) and the opportunity to hear master speaker Dr. Jonathan Reichental, at 2 pm. Dr. Reichental brings to California librarians that enriching mix of public and private experience, from the world of business and from that of government.

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Sights to See and Goodies to Find!

Exhibits open this Friday, at 3 pm, in the San Jose Convention Center. Be sure to arrive and get your badge in time to join the excitement! CLA  exhibitors, of course, include a variety of businesses providing library-specific goods and services. But there are also nonprofits that provide essential library and library staff services year round and provide valuable presence in the exhibit hall as well.

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San Jose Is Right Around the Corner...

...and aren't you glad it doesn't involve getting to the East Coast!  By now, you've packed--or at least considered what to pack. Are you taking physical business cards? Some library folks have given those up for virtual ones, but if you fumble over keyboards as much as I do, you can appreciate being able to type in the relevant info from physical cards you collect when nobody's watching the fingers fumble.

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Public Collaboration, Public Library Investment

Yesterday's Edgy Librarian conference brought several refreshing ideas into focus for me: the ever-increasing requirement that libraries and library staff forego developing expertise for developing flexibility, the role of libraries in making the National Information Standards Organization's theoretical decisions both practical and forward-looking, and the teamwork approach taken to make expenditure of an LSTA grant to circulate

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Upcoming virtual conference to check out!

In partnership with Califa, Infopeople is happy to announce the third annual Edgy Librarian, a web conference on new technologies and "edgy" activities in the library world.  It will be held online (so no travel required, yay!) on Feb 1, 2012 from 10am-3pm.

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Moving from Guardian to Guide

A recent Tweet from a librarian acquaintance came off sounding and feeling surprisingly old fashioned as it passed along my screen. Her 140-character message in effect asserted that "all librarians want to get folks into the library." Well, no, not so much. Times and technology have changed.

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