From #noise to #change

he California Library Association’s 115th annual conference is now history–and, as with any event in history, it offers information and insights we can use now in the present and take into the future. This year, the programs werre particularly impressive for their diversity, professionalism, and, most importantly, their subsuntative content. As we move from #clanoise to the road that will bring us to the 2014 conference theme of Be the Change, a couple of these programs deserve specific shout outs here.

Infopeople, along with the CLA Legislative Committee, sponsored a preconference in Long Beach titled “It’s All about Them.” In a jam packed three hours, Craig Gerhart, of the International City/County Managers Association, ignited participants’ understanding of, and enthiuiasm for, getting outside the traditional library mindset of looking to ourselves and working to get others to attend to what we think is so special about us, to recognize that public libraries–and staff–are (important) parts of a much larger web of community service. Mr. Gerhart, whose understanding of public libraries is deep and admirable, walked us through how librarians can be effective community change agents through our ability to demonstrate leadership where it is needed in other civic service and engagement processes. You can view his slides and visit the Twitter thread (#allthem) posted throughout the morning for details.

A day later, the impressive crew from Santa Ana Public Library–many of whom are Eureka Fellows–shared their compelling experience with mentoring youth right into professional librarian positions. In Seeds to Trees, Cheryl Eberly, Lynn Nguyen, Patty Lopez, Manuel Escamilla, and Silvia Cisneros told their personal stories as players in the process and also provided immediately usable take-aways. One of the latter–among the several noted in the Twitter thread (#seedstrees) that documented the hour–was the discussion of how connecting local youth to their own community’s roots through historical document work can broaden their views of their own possibilities within the community.

Combining some of the learnings from “It’s All about Them” and “Seeds to Trees” points up how community recognition can promote individual achievement, as well as how recognizing the community can lead to achievement in an individual sphere. When we see ourselves as a part of the community, we can be more effective as elements within it. True for people, true for libraries. With a mere eleven and half months to go before CLA2014, we can begin already to Be the Change.

CLA 2011: the conference that was

The California Library Association’s 2011 annual conference is now a thing of the past. From Infopeople’s perspective it was a good conference: a fair number of people came by the booth and a good number of those took part in our scavenger hunt (special thanks to Heather Teysko of Califa for gathering all of the great vendor prizes — and for those of you who weren’t there to pick up your prizes, they will be in the mail shortly). Infopeople won an award as Vendor of the Year, which was cool. The two Master Speakers, Nancy Duarte and David Hutchen, were superb and thought-provoking. Battledecks was, well, Battledecks!! and last year’s champion Lori Ayre was unseated by school librarian Glenn Warren (video of the fun is here!). The Eureka reception gave four years of Eurekans (!) a chance to gather and connect.

Pics are here (and more are coming). Thanks to everyone who stopped by and helped make CLA 2011 a year to remember!


CLA 2011 is just around the corner!

All the peeps at Infopeople are in major gearing up mode for the upcoming 2011 California Library Association’s annual conference that kicks off this Friday, Nov 11 in Pasadena. I’m not going to give all the surprises away, but I will say that there will be a photo opportunity at the Infopeople booth and it will be unique! The Tech Petting Zoo also will be present, featuring ebook readers and tablet computers. Oh, and there will be a scavenger hunt like last year with some awesome raffle prizes.

On the more serious learning level, don’t miss Master Speakers Nancy Duarte and David Hutchens.

Stop by and say hello!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention Battledecks on Saturday Nov 12 at 7:30pm.