Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Presenting to the TLC CARL Users’ Group

I flew out to Denver for a few hours, to present to the The Library Corporation‘s annual CARL Users’ Group. TLC and LibraryThing haven’t inked any deals, but TLC’s customers, like the customers of other library ILS and OPAC systems, are hearing a lot about “Library 2.0,” and the ideas around it–tags, user generated content, FRBRization, and so forth. I was glad to fly out and do the LibraryThing dog-and-pony show. The site went down in the middle of my presentation, but it didn’t turn out TOO bad. I hate demoing products, but love talking about the “issues” of LibraryThing. It reminds me of being a graduate student instructor. I wish I could demo LibraryThing on a blackboard, with chalk.

For the next ten days, Abby and I will be hopping between speaking events. Next up, we’re at Tufts for “The Dawn of the Embedded Library: Integrating Library Services into People’s Trusted Networks” (thrown by NEASIS&T). Then I’m off to Germany for the Frankfurt Book Fair. But don’t worry, we’re working on features night and day. To get back to Portland, I somehow lucked into a 12-hour overnight layover in LaGuardia. Nothing to do for twelve hours but drink coffee and program!

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