Teleconferences - Check it out!
I have attended a number of College of DuPage teleconferences sponsored by MINITEX this past year. Each teleconference has been thought-provoking, challenging, and great material for discussions. Some of them have been in an interview format of one or two librarians while others have had several guest panelists addressing particular topics, issues, or challenges in today's libraries.
The interviews have included Steven Bell, Director of the Paul J. Gutman Library, Philadelphia University and Aaron Schmidt commenting on new Web 2.0 technologies and their possible library applications and challenges. Another outstanding teleconference was an interview of Rachel Singer Gordon author of The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide in which she presented a very balanced approach to the popular current issue of generational perspectives in the library workplace.
The panels have wrestled with charged issues such as the state of library education, professional development, and certification as well as library relevance in the digital age.
If you have not been able to attend these teleconferences in person, please check out the desktop streaming opportunities and borrowing past teleconferences on VHS tape to share with your colleagues. These are bound to inspire and spark good discussion in your own library.