Thursday, July 08, 2010

ALA 2010: Cyber Zed Shed, ACRL

Traveling into the way back, a final reflection of the 2009 ACRL Conference (Seattle) featured mention of my new favorite conference presentation option, the Cyber Zed Shed. Located near the poster sessions, it was convenient and visible. At the end of one of the shed days, a volunteer, or perhaps committee member, was collecting business cards from people who were interested in participating in the CZS for Philadelphia 2011. I gleefully handed over my card, a miracle in itself since I routinely forget them. Fast forward to ALA Annual 2010 and my Monday morning meeting ...

I attended my first Cyber Zed Shed committee meeting at ACRL "headquarters," The Renaissance Mayflower hotel. I arrived early, wandered through the lobby area for a short time, and located my committee. Several members with iPads connected to the Internet, my trusty netbook and I, sans Internet, took meeting minutes. Using ALA Connect as our cyber home, we will be able to meet virtually.

Submission for CZS presentations will be open soon; I will post information here as it becomes available. We will be using Facebook and Twitter, was well as more traditional means of email and blogs, to market and solicit submissions. It's not too soon to consider presenting!

"Are you a tech savvy librarian using new technologies in innovative ways? Adapting existing technologies to reach user needs? Here is an opportunity to share your innovations with your colleagues, library administrators, and others at ACRL 2011. The ACRL 2011 Cyber Zed Shed Committee is looking for proposals that document technology-related innovations in every area of the library. Whether you are teaching in a classroom; answering questions from patrons; acquiring, cataloging, processing or preserving materials; or providing other services, we're interested. We invite you to submit your most innovative proposals to help us make Philadelphia the site of a truly groundbreaking conference. Cyber Zed Shed presentations are 20 minutes, with 15 minutes to present a demonstration, and five additional minutes for audience Q&A. Presentations should document technology-related innovations in academic and research libraries. A computer, data projector, screen, microphone, and stage will be provided in the Cyber Zed Shed theater. You will be responsible for bringing all other equipment required for your demonstration, except as agreed to in advance. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2010." -- ACRL National 2011

I excited about participating with this committee and am definitely looking forward to Philadelphia 2011.

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