April 17-20 I was in Indianapolis at the Art Libraries Society of North America conference. It was a bit of a homecoming being a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington; so much that I coordinated an Indiana Reunion honoring my adviser and art librarianship guru, Betty Jo Irvine. During the conference I worked at the Web 2.0 Tech Kiosk where participants could freely ask questions about wikis, blogs, social tagging, bookmarking and other technologies, and assist in setting up new account. For more information on the Tech Kiosk, visit http://artlibrarytech.pbworks.com/The-Tech-Kiosk . A few highlights from the conference include:
- Amazingly I learn more exciting things by casual conversations than panels many times. At the IU Fine Arts Library they are using Delicious to help categorize databases and resources.
- Also at IU, they use Library Thing to advertise their newest books.
- I learned about MadCloud to create cheap publications. More for vanity magazines, but could be great for nonprofits or newsletters.
- Swivl is an interesting alternative to Google Custom Search Engine.
- Omeka is a resource for web publishing- some interesting oral history collections can be found there (I might look into this for my MLS thesis).
- Conduit I have heard about before, btu I saw in action how easy it is to create a custom toolbar.
- The IMA created an interesting dashboard application which is fascinating. It lists all sorts of stats from the previous two years in a widget like format, such as hoe much energy is used per month and number of works of art currently on loan from the permanent collection.
- Art Babble is a wonderful new website full of free artist interviews!
- Blist is a new resource for creating data sets and making it available on the web. Jodie at the U is interested in using this to catalog images.
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