Wednesday, April 19, 2006

CFP: Cool Tools and New Technologies
Friday, October 27, 2006
Deadline: May 12, 2006

The tenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.


We seek presenters for the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries' annual October Conference for New England academic librarians! The topic this year is "Cool Tools and New Technologies.” The Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2006. The day-long event will be held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (an easy two-hour drive from Boston, Springfield, and many other New England locations).

What's new on the technology front of import to libraries? Lots more than we have time to explore on our own! At this year’s October Conference—our tenth!—we’ll take a day and have fun exploring new online tools, software, services, and hardware, and their features that enhance our work as librarians.

What are you doing with information and communications technologies, tools, software, services, and gizmos? We are seeking presenters to describe and/or demonstrate new and emerging technologies and tools, innovative ways you use existing tools, or cool tricks that you’d like to share.

Tools can help us with our teaching, reference, research, marketing, outreach, and day-to-day workload management. Have you adapted free- or shareware to meet a particular need in your library? Have you used RSS, wikis, or blogs for an unusual library implementation? Have you used Connotea or podcasts in your work? Have you discovered a particularly useful or little known feature in a browser or Google or another search engine? Here's a brief and non-exclusive list of ideas that have come to us: bookmark management (on the browser, on the web, in special software); social web; data mining; browser extensions; making movies for library education; visualization of search results; delivery of search results (via RefWorks or EndNote); new gadgets and their potential library uses (cellphones, iPods, etc.).

To submit a proposal for a presentation (10-30 minutes), please e-mail by May 12. The proposal should include a description of the technology or tool you want to present, its application to library work, and how long you think you’ll need for the presentation.