Computers in Libraries 2007

Earlier this week I attended this year’s Computers in Libraries conference. While I wasn’t all that enamored with the hotel location, the conference itself was excellent. I got excited about, and learned a LOT of interesting things. Below are a few highlights.

The folks at the South Carolina State Library recently redesigned their site using Joomla, the open source content management system. This was a very inspirational session for me, as I’m looking at adding a CMS to my library’s website. More info is available at Joomla in Libraries.

Another intriguing session was Derick Willis’ talk entitled Creating Browsable Content with Django. Django is another open source CMS I want to learn more about.

Several sessions included interesting links and other cool things available on the web, including:

  • FictionFinder – Search or browse for fiction books by author, title, ISBN, subject, literary awards, fictional character, imaginary place or setting, and more.
  • OpenCongress – “Brings together official government information with news and blog coverage to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress.”
  • LibWorm – A tool that allows you to search the library blogosphere and other websites in the library field.
  • Zamzar – Free online file converter.
  • Missing-Auctions.com – Search for misspelled auction items and eBay typos.
  • FreeDigitalPhotos.net – Royalty free photos for websites, presentations, newsletters, etc.
  • Open Clip Art – An archive of user submitted, public domain clip art.
  • Yahoo Design Pattern Library – Optimal solutions to common web programming problems.
  • Rasterbator – Upload an image file, and this site will create a multi-page pdf file, which you can print and assemble the pages into a poster up to 20 meters in size.
  • My Google Maps – Click on “My Maps” to create custom, annotated maps that you can share with others.
  • Pipes – An interactive RSS feed aggregator and manipulator that allows you to combine and customize RSS feeds into one master feed (which creates endless possibilities for use on websites).

I also discovered even more technology and library related blogs to read.

Finally, my favorite discovery of the conference. What to do about obnoxious cell phone users:

Ninja Librarian