the future of libraries in the digital age
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Hello, Advisory Board members and volunteer moderators,
Thank you, Lisa, for posting your suggestions to help facilitate the pre-Library 2.013 Conference tasks. You are correct in saying that, in an ideal world, the one-to-one ratio (a volunteer moderator in every BBC room to accompany every presenter) would be convenient, but not always necessary. I would like to see a volunteer moderator in every presenter's room, whether s/he operates as a dedicated moderator for the one presenter or as a "shadow" moderator who may lurk in more than one room and who is there "just in case". Even the experienced, long-time user of Blackboard Collaborate is not exempt from Murphy's Law when it comes to these virtual conferences. I can't tell you how many "fires" I have been able to avert or put out because I was "there" shadowing an experienced (BBC) presenter. One of our goals is to offer a webinar/conference experience to the guests and presenters that is filled with engaging communicative activities free of technical issues.
This year I plan to try an experiment to increase participant numbers in the keynote speaker sessions. I have noticed in a recently covered conference that when I included the participant link to the next session in the current Chat (and a vocal reminder) toward the end of the current session, the majority of the current participants jumped immediately to the next session, thus, increasing significantly the number of participants. For those who want to attend many sessions during the day or evening, posting a link to the next session(s) at the end of the current session, makes it so much easier and faster to attend many sessions back-to-back. I will start with the sessions ending just before the keynote session, which carries the only link for that hour. This should be fun!
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh you'll jinx us!
That method of sharing the link along with an audio invitation really does increase the audience in the advertised sessions! Also using the hashtag and an invitation on social networking sites also increases audience numbers..............let's get all the volunteers to do all of this and more ................this is a great conference!