I haven't used the blog feature on Ning yet, and I really don't plan to much; I already maintain a blog for American Libraries (CentenniAL, about the magazine's history in honor of its hundreth anniversary) and the type of information that I'd like to share really could and should go on an American Libraries blog.

That blog doesn't exist yet, although it's painfully obvious to me that it should. And while I'm pretty sure I can get the launch of it on the fast track (the editor in chief, Leonard Kniffel, is on board with blogging in general, so this specific detail shouldn't be a problem) it's going to be probably a couple weeks before it actually happens due to the need for people to get back home and put out a magazine and get our IT department to actually make the site. So until then:

[as I'm typing up, I'm discovering that there are a few places where I noted identities of speakers on the handouts and just numbered them in my notebook, and I haven't brought all of the handouts to work today. Apologies, and I'll sort them out soon]


"Next Generation Libraries: The 2.0 Phenomenon"
"Don't you just hate technology? God, it sucks!"--Stephen Abram, SirsiDynix vice president for innovation, at the "Next Generation Libraries: The 2.0 Phenomenon" program, after struggling with the projector and ultimately failing to get it working.

"We're about to hit one of those big shifts, after 15 years where all you had to do was learn to double-click."--Abram, on periods of great change.

"You're all going to be affected by it, because our users have already changed."--Abram, on the 2.0 revolution.

"It's actually about $28, but we had to scale it back to have Jeb Bush in Florida believe it."--Abram, on the statistic that libraries return $6.50 per dollar invested.

"Google loves their customers, and we're not their customers."--Abram, on Google and how it makes its money from advertisers.

"The majority in Shanghai prefer reading online--that's how quick things change."--Abram, on the speed with which people can adopt new methods if given the opportunity.

"Google is about search. We were never about search. We're about community and learning."--Abram.

"Anyone under 25 is basically format-agnostic."--Abram

"Libraries need to learn that when we study something to death, that death was not the original goal."--Abram

"Sex!"--Audience member at the "Next Generation Libraries: The 2.0 Phenomenon" program, in response to a question from Joe Janes, AL Internet Librarian columnist and associate dean of the information school of the University of Washington asking how libraries could be free, easy, quick, and good enough to beat search engines.

"Young people care far less about their privacy."--Janes.

"The biggest enemy that we face is indifference. I would rather be loved than hated, but if they hate you, at least they care."--Janes.

"Do anything, but do something. Whatever you do has to advance one cause: Being central to the information lives of your community."--Janes.

"The next time you find yourself saying Wikipedia is crap, fix the entry!"--Janes

"Second Library... Second Life Library... But Second Library, that's good. If anyone's blogging this, I said it first!"--Janes, coining a new term while attempting to discuss the library in Second Life.

"Play with stuff, succeed and fail, and tell each other about it."--Janes, on how best to use 2.0 technologies.

"Late adopters and non-adopters are vocal, but their feedback is irrelevant."--Abram.



"Nurtuting a Love of Literature through Readers' Theatre"
"As they look closely at well-written pieces of literature, they deepen their appreciation of the work, and of literature in general."--Moderator Elizabeth Poe on the value of letting kids create and perform readings from pieces of literature.

"It's really a great icebreaker with kids who don't know each other. It's like a conversation, only someone else is supplying the words."--Panelist #4 (I believe Virginia Euwer Wolff) author Tim Wynne-Jones.



"Using Creative Drama to Develop Literacy and Pre-Literacy Skills"
"That's so bad, to have a masters and not be able to sequence when you expect first-graders to."--Moderator, admitting she uses a cheat-sheet posted on the bookshelf out of sight of the children to remind her of the order of events in a book that the students are acting out.


Opening General Session
"God did not create life with two computers"--Vartan Gregorian.

"You're an army. You have great power."--Gregorian.

"We're in the grips of an old story... It's essentially a can't-do story... That story that we've told ourselves is fundamentally untrue."--Bill Bradley.

"Once they face the truth, the answer becomes self-evident."--Bradley

"If we're going to solve our problems today, we need both collective caring and individual action."--Bradley

"Being a citizen is to be disinterested enough to think of the whole."--Bradley


"Transforming Your Staff"
"What makes a library great is really two words: Always changing."--Tom Galante

"The most important resource in any library goes home at night."--Galante

"We don't put a security guard in where we're having problems with teens; we put in a youth counselor to work with them, keep them entertained."--Galante.

"The culture at our library, we don't get up early. An 8:00 program, I thought I was safe."--Stanley Wilder, on last-minute changes to his remarks upon seeing staff members in attendance.

"The actual programmatic changes are less important than the changed minds."--Wilder

"Tell staff to listen to their community and pretty soon they'll come back with something you don't want to hear. But you do want to hear it."--Wilder

"The amazing power of seeing students stumped."--Wilder, on what caused staff resistance to usability testing to melt away.

"Managers get paid to do what's right for the library"--Wilder, on the over-emphasis on staff buy-in.

"It's so easy to settle for happy when we should settle for success."--Wilder

"I think we've just seen transformation before us. We've seen the CEO of Queens Library become tech support"--Pam Sandlian Smith, as Tom Galante helped get her computer presentation running.

"Transforming your staff is giving people permission to be their best selves."--Smith

"Rules and policies get in the way of us being effective libraries."--Smith, on the tendency to say 'no' too often.

"Every time we're turning someone away, we're putting another nail in our coffin."--Smith


"Harnessing the Hive: Social Networks and Libraries"

"Hennepin County has the absolute best readers' advisory site in the universe"--Meredith Farkas

"There's no reason a library can't create this... a site that really becomes the online hub of the community."--Farkas on the Rochester Wiki

"I work in computers... every day."--Tim Spaulding, as his presentation cut out.



Julie Andrews
"The game required a forfeit. I asked my stepdaughter what my forfeit should be, and she said, 'Julie, write me a story.'"--on how she came to write Mandy.

"I would far prefer my children and grandchildren learn the meaning of the word 'scrotum' from a library."



Folusa Author Tea
"A wise woman once told me, 'You can court many muses, but you can marry only one.'"--Eileen Goudge, on focusing on writing.

"The Irish can break your heart."--Joyce Carol Oates.

"We are in the room with what should be the next American Nobel Prize for Literature. That's my response to 'The Irish can break your heart."--Frank Delaney.

"Anyone who lives on a border knows, the most entertaining activity is smuggling. You can take the story form and inside it smuggle anything."--Delaney.

"Who knows what other life-saving endeavors were being fostered by those dear librarians"--Susan Vreeland, on how her downtown library would ship books to her local branch so she could get them for research while working on a book while recovering from lymphoma.

"We wondered why we always got in trouble in the kitchen, until we realized, it's because it's so close to the wooden spoons."--Markus Zusak, on why he and his brother were sent to the kitchen for punishment.

"It becomes irrelevant when you sit down and try to write someone's favorite book."--Zusak, on the difference between adult and young adult literature.

General
"I hate these things."--Overheard from an attendee as she stepped onto an escalator. I thought that was an unusual opinion, until I heard it twice more at Annual.

"Oh my God."--spectator at the Book Cart Drill Team World Championships, as a team received a 9.5 for artistic impression. It's unclear whether she thought the score should be higher or lower.

"It's part of the whole No Child Left Behind thing."--Mo Willems, commentator for the Book Cart Drill Team World Championships, as some children helped a team set up for their performance.

"There's a lot of sexy librarian energy in this room"--Steve Almond at the FOLUSA "The Laugh's on Us" program.

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Comment by Glenn Peterson on August 29, 2007 at 5:12pm
Alas, the beloved glove has been retired, no doubt to it's own Field of Dreams.
Comment by Greg Landgraf on June 29, 2007 at 2:01pm
I have to admit, it gives me a little twinge of pleasure hearing good things about Hennepin -- it was my childhood library. Does Southdale still have the giant baseball glove for kids to sit on and read? I was never into baseball as a kid, but that thing was awesome.
Comment by Glenn Peterson on June 29, 2007 at 11:41am
Thanks, Meredith. Your gold-plated library card is in the mail! ;-)
Comment by Meredith Farkas on June 28, 2007 at 8:24pm
Man, I really should be on Hennepin's payroll. I was just telling Glenne Peterson at HCPL that I said great things about Bookspace, and here is the proof!

The things Stephen Abram says! We don't even care if they're true or not b/c he says them with such conviction.

This was great!
Comment by theshiftedlibrarian on June 28, 2007 at 10:18am
I was at the conference, and I didn't get to hear *any* of these things. Thanks, Greg - you rock, dude! :)
Comment by Jill on June 27, 2007 at 3:45pm
This has so many wonderful nuggets contained in it. Thanks so much for the effort!

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