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Wrap Up – ASIST 09 Conference November 11, 2009

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by: Ro McKernan

Today was the final day of the 2009 ASIST Conference and it was sad to walk out of a session and see everything being all packed up.  The last two days were a whirlwind of sessions, if you haven’t checked out the conference backchannel do so and read the thoughts from the participants to get a sense of what people thought were the most salient points during each session (and other conference news). Very insightful.  It would be interesting to see if they organize the twitters a little more next year so that every session gets some coverage (although anything about social media may get flocked) as well as whether ASIST is going to work to preserve the tweets for their digital archives. Worthwhile stuff.

Other people have also been blogging about their conference experience.  Alan Cho put up a post about historians of information that can be found here: http://www.allanslibrary.com/2009/11/asis-and-historians-of-information.html.  If anyone else has blogged the conference, be sure to tag your blog posts with #asist09 for easier retrieval – tagging can be such a great tool!

Although the commute never got any better (today’s parking woes involved a ticket machine that did not dispense tickets … I think I paid thrice…) I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend the conference as a volunteer.  It truly was an amazing experience.

Next conference in Pittsburgh, PA – will you be there?

Conference Musings Day 2 November 9, 2009

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What a difference a day makes – I brought my power cord with me so I had juice in my laptop and was able to tweet with a frequency that would ordinarily have concerned me – I try not to normally overwhelm my followers – but there was so much information to share and so many mindblowingly insightful tweets to retweet that I am temporarily justified. #asist09

I went to many sessions today and I think I found my favorite (so far) …  Mike Crandell and Karen E. Fisher’s presentation “Free Access to Computers and the Internet at the Public Library”.  From the iSchool (is your school) at UW, they did a fabulous presentation about the research they’ve done (also in book form) and I hope that they develop a model to share with other libraries on how to identify the impacts of PACs (Public Access Computers) in their communities as I feel this would be a good tool to help us evangelize in these tough economic times.  The early finding that they shared with us (on a difficult to read slide – fix please <grin>) were that the top domains of PAC use are social inclusion, education, employment, health & e-government which feels right to me as I observe the patrons in my rural library.  I wish there was more research for public librarians (in general) at this conference …

There was no lunch today …  for a conference of nerds they sure aren’t feeding us.  I had crepes with some fellow attendees including the other student conference blogger (http://crywhite.blogspot.com/) at a wonderful crepe spot on Robson street (turn right).

By the end of the last session today – I was failing at understanding all the new information.  I think I can only absorb so much info in a single day so I left the conference for the day with much fonder memories and a history of tweets I will have to one day turn into a long form blog post, complete with high quality links…

And I also realized that no matter what I do, I always get turned around at skytrain stations and spend many minutes panicking when the parking lot looks completely different and unfamiliar until I realize I need to find the entrance and backtrack from that because the exit always exists you somewhere completely different.  It’s not me, its bad user design.

Ro McKernan

October meeting minutes posted October 15, 2009

Posted by Emma Lawson in events@ASIS&T, events@UBC, meetings.
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The minutes from our October meeting have now been posted. You can find them in the Minutes section of our About page, or you can click here.

ASIS&T 2009 Annual Meeting Wiki September 17, 2009

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The ASIS&T student chapter at UBC is involved with setting up the ASIS&T 2009 Annual Meeting Wiki. It has information on the program for the annual meeting, social events, and general information about Vancouver (you can probably guess which part we were primarily responsible for!).

Feel free to contribute to the wiki or make suggestions to the ASIS&T UBC chapter.

Remember, the ASIS&T Annual Meeting takes place in Vancouver in 2009!  November 6-11 2009.

Call for student volunteers at November ASIS&T conference June 22, 2009

Posted by Emma Lawson in announcements, events@ASIS&T, meetings.
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Respond by July 20, 2009

To help ASIS&T student members who might not otherwise be able to participate in ASIS&T meetings, we provide  an opportunity to attend the sessions and network with other members in exchange for assisting us in running the meeting.  Students who have participated in our program have found the experience “terrific.”

How the Program Works

In exchange for complimentary registration, we’ll ask you to help us run the conference.  You’ll serve as a room monitor for about three sessions each day for three days.  In addition, you’ll help out either at our registration desk or conference headquarters for a 4-hour period on one day of the conference.

How to Participate

If you would like to be considered for this program, for the 2009 Annual Meeting, to be held November 6-11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada .  Please forward your name, address, phone, fax and e-mail numbers to:

American Society for Information Science & Technology

ATTN.: ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting

1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510

Silver Spring, MD 20910

FAX: (301) 495-0810

e-mail: lvick@asis.org

There are a limited number of positions  available, and applications are considered on a first come/first served basis, so be sure to let us know of your interest by July 20, 2009.

Upcoming events January 20, 2009

Posted by Emma Lawson in announcements, events, events@ASIS&T, events@UBC.
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ASIS&T at UBC is pleased to announce several upcoming workshops for SLAIS students on techy tools to make your life easier. These workshops were designed and will be taught by the digital media interns at SLAIS.

Zotero – The Next Generation of Research Tools

Terrace Lab, Jan 29th, 12-2pm

Zotero is a Firefox that helps you collect, organize and cite your research sources. Come to the workshop if you’re tired of RefWorks — or (like me) copying down citation information by hand.

Delicious and iGoogle – Gateways to Academic Success

Terrace Lab, Feb 4th, 12-2pm

Can Delicious and iGoogle be beneficial to students and academics? Yes! Come find out how.

Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, organize, search and share web pages through the web. iGoogle provides users with a customizable web site, allowing users to put all their favorite online gadgets in one place — RSS feeds, Google Calendar, various social software, etc. It also manages URLS, usernames and passwords!

ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2008 October 24-29 October 1, 2008

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The 71st ASIS&T Annual Meeting is coming right up, in beautiful Columbus, Ohio. Schmooze with luminaries like Howard Reingold and Brenda Dervin. Attend a workshop or three, maybe even the Human Computer Interaction Research Symposium with SLAIS’s Luanne Freund, Rick Kopack, and Heather O’Brien. Look for a job (via the new electronic placement system, which is just for registered attendees). Or just cut loose at SIG CON.

The student rate to register is $190 for members of ASIS&T, and $260 for non-members (which includes a one-year student membership). Of course, there is an online registration form. What are you waiting for?