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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Blogging Computers in Libraries 2006

This week I'm in Washington, DC attending and speaking at the annual Computers in Libraries conference. What's this have to do with futurism and emerging technology, you might ask? Plenty!

The three-day conference is entirely focused on advanced digital technology. Although it's designed for those involved in library sciences, almost anyone can find something useful here and learn something new.

This morning saw excellent presentations by the keynote speaker, Chris Sherman of SearchEngineWatch, as well as a talk about innovation and Millenials by Jill Hurst-Wahl of Hurst Associates, Ltd. (who is also blogging the conference and will post info on her presentation). I also attended a presentation about Ajax and open source web tools. Afternoon presentations included an overview of the Grokker visual search tool, and an approach to setting up and managing an emerging technology program. An evening panel discussion of Web 2.0 was, in my experience, one of the most entertaining in memory.

If you happen to be in the Washington area this week, you might want to stop by the Washington Hilton and get a day pass. Pretty much every session has some angle on emerging technology.

As for me, I'll be presenting Friday afternoon. Until then, I'll make updates on interesting stuff that's going on at CIL (it's all interesting, though!).