It feels like home here. Greetings from AASL’s 13th Annual Conference! I feel like I am with my people.
I am learning much and will be posting more once I process. (I am still not very good at live blogging.)
One of the thrills has been meeting and scheming with young librarians. Robin Williams (from San Jose State), for instance, promised to teach me how to create widgets and offered to dress me in Second Life.
Ross Todd asked provocative and frightening questions regarding future practice at Treasure Mountain. Daniel Pink shared sticky ideas from A Whole New Mind and described his six essential aptitudes for the conceptual age–design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. His final question continues to resonate: If you had $20 million in the bank and 10 years to live, would you still be doing what you are doing now?
Deb Logan presented fabulous tips for creating, using, and sharing evidence. And I am making exciting progress in my new mission to get the major databases (free and subscription) to create iGoogle widgets.
The conference is nobly green. Handouts are posted. (Mine are late, but they will be.) The new standards may now be downloaded and widely shared. Scholastic Library Publishing distributed its latest version of School Libraries Work.
But, beyond the conference blog, it feels a little 1.0 here. There is no unconference here. No back channeling.
Following my experiences at NECC and BLC and K12 Online, I sort of expected a conference experience beyond the session rooms. No one is Tweeting. No one is streaming. No Fireside chats. No non-attendees Skyping in. Only two people have uploading photos on Flickr using the tags AASL07 or AASL2007 (and one of them is me).
While keynoter Daniel Pink displayed a clear sense of presentation zen, nearly every presentation was so 1.0, so laden with bullets. No bring your own laptop make-and-take sessions.
How cool would it be if we could have archived Exploratorium as a Flickr gallery so that the world could see (and comment on) what’s working in school libraries? Next year in Second Life? All that good work was so ephemeral.
A few of us are scheming. We could be sharing this amazing experience in bigger ways in ways that may even increase revenue. Can we make Conference 14 a little more 2.0? Let’s offer to help with the evolution.