Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Future of Cataloging at ALA

If you're at ALA in Anaheim, have nothing to do Sunday morning and are interested in the future of cataloging—and who isn't?—you might be interested in the following panel:
ALA Annual Conference
Sunday, June 29, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Anaheim Convention Center, Rm. 204B
The panelist include Roy Tennant, Jennifer Bowen, Martha Yee, Diane Hillmann—and (gulp) me!

The moderator, Robert Wolven of Columbia*, is promising to keep it snappy, with brief presentations and oodles of time to discuss the big issues.

I don't know all the panelists, but I know we include some very different visions of the future. There may be fireworks! (I won't be attacking OCLC as much as I otherwise might. Roy could disarm Rambo.)

My mini-presentation is titled "UGC: The Next Sharp Stick?" UGC is, of course, User Generated Content. And the "Next Sharp Stick? is a reference to John Hodgman's humorous one-act play "Fire: The Next Sharp Stick?" The play ends with the fire-promoting caveman being killed, of course.

What can I say? They didn't ask me on to be conservative straight-man.


*No "primary link" I can find, but see this for starters.

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3 Comments:

OpenID staffordcastle said...

Knock 'em dead, Tim!

6/27/2008 12:42 AM  
OpenID pivyca said...

I do hope you'll write all about it and/or post links to recordings, if there are any. I really wanted to go, but a 4 hour panel starting at 8 a.m was just too much for me to handle, sorry!

6/30/2008 9:59 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I was very happy to make it to the second half of the session and hear you and Diane Hillman speak (missed the first half due to it being overfull). Did you know that your session has a fairly complete up on the ALA wiki? presentations.ala.org

Great session!

7/06/2008 6:36 PM  

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