Sunday, May 10, 2009

Idaho Library Association Northern Region Meeting

Keynote: Dr. Darin Saul ‘Improving the Sustainability of Your Library’
What I got out of it:
  • Little things can add up to a big difference i.e. reusable bags, turning off lights, energy efficient light bulbs.
  • Check out the LEED system for green buildings (
  • Change the default power settings on computers to have them hibernate instead of standby.
  • Buy energy rated appliances – including copiers
  • Minimize use first
  • Double sided printing
  • Prefer electronic to paper
  • Purchase recycled content
  • Lease computers so they are recycled by manufacturers instead of purchase
  • Sometimes if you have a large or voluminous amount to recycle special arrangements can be made with the recyclers to pick up and deal with it. i.e. big piles of books

Session 1: Gina Persichini – Rethinking Resource Sharing
What I got out of it:
  • More availability fewer restrictions
  • User choice on format
  • Access from anywhere anytime
  • Share resources with all types of cultural institutions (i.e. archives, museums…)
  • Do we need to catalog ‘expertise’ or maybe keep some kind of log
  • Perhaps more Mr.Oboler type delicious accounts for experts in the area
  • No findable object should be totally unattainable
  • Offer service for a fee rather than refusing service
  • See:

Session 2: I was teaching this one so …

Session 3: Michael Greenlee – Free Legal Research Tools
What I got out of it:

Review of who produces legal materials
  • Federal
  • State
  • City/County/Local
  • Judicial
  • Executive
  • Legislative
Sources of law on the internet
  • Constitutions
  • Statutes
  • Case Law
  • Regulations
Sources of law on the net in fee based services
  • Practice materials and secondary sources (encyclopedias, treatises, ALR, AmJur, forms…)

P.S. Answers to legal questions often require using more than one source.

Session 4: Ramirose Attebury – Cultural Stereotypes of Librarians in YouTube Videos
What I got out of it:

Probably the most fun session there, certainly my favorite.
8 stereotypes
  • Old maid
  • Policeman
  • Inept (socially awkward or bad customer service)
  • Hero/heroine
  • Parody
  • Really fun/Positive
  • Sexy
  • Psycho
Lots of research went into the making of this presentation. Stuff about popular culture, feminism …
To change the image of a profession it is suggested that Parody may be more effective than fun/positive.
Psycho is only found in customer service aspect
For a look at her presentation on slideshare at:
However, her YouTube video selections are not included. Sorry. Maybe she’ll add that later.

Great conference!

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