LTAS Member Spotlight: Anita Thompson

In the months leading up to the annual BC Library Conference (May 2016) the member spotlight will showcase several library technicians/assistants who are presenting in a panel looking at the current state of the profession and its future.

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Big Question No. 13: BCLA Conference Topics

BCLA is now accepting session proposals for the 2014 BC Library Conference.  What kind of topics would you like to attend?  If you’ve presented before, what was your experience?

Session proposals are due November 15, 2013.  Click here for more info.  Hmmm, bet presenting at the conference would look good on a resume…

** Later edit: oops, this is actually Big Question no. 14! **

BC Library Conference 2012

 Edited May 23 to add Tamarack’s summary; sorry!  -Heather

The big news from the conference happened during the BCLA AGM: LTAIG’s resolution to become a Section passed unanimously!  We are now LTAS (Library Technicians’ and Assistants’ Section). The AGM attendees gave a big round of applause, and several speakers congratulated us.

As LTAS Chair Tamarack Hockin mentioned on the LTAS website and email list,

The creation of LTAS has been two years in the making, and has counted on the hard work and support of many members. Most notably I would like to recognize the work of Stephen Karr and Sandra Cole for carrying the signatures and the petition over the past two years, the LTAIG executive that preceded me, including Sarah Felkar as co-chair with Stephen Karr, who drafted the constitution and by-laws for LTAS. The resolution could not have succeeded without all the members of the current LTAIG Board who worked so tirelessly to collect first signatures and then proxy votes, and who communicated the aims and purpose of LTAS out to broader membership.

LTAIG had a table outside the vendor’s hall on Friday to raise awareness of our group and our resolution. Thanks to Anita Thompson for organizing the table, plus all the volunteers who staffed it.

About twelve members and interested folks from all over the province met in the hotel pub Friday evening for a social with lively conversation and proxy form sorting.

Several members kindly agreed to share their impression of the conference and sessions below. If you attended the conference, please share your thoughts in a comment. Also keep an eye on the BCLA Browser for their upcoming issue of conference reports. Continue reading “BC Library Conference 2012”

Phil the Web Crawler – iPad dominates web traffic, China cyberattacks, the highs and lows of multitasking and the Espresso Book Machine

– Why Flipping Through Paper-Like Pages Endures in the Digital World.

– From a BCLA Conference session and Library Renewal’s website:  the reference interview for helping patrons load eBooks to their devices.

– Thanks to Allan Webner for bringing this to our attention:  With the Espresso Book Machine you can walk into the store, request an out-of-print, or hard-to-find title, and a bookseller can print that book for you in approximately four minutes. (note from Heather – Oscar’s Art Books in Vancouver has one)

– And scruffy librarian Matt Weaver brought the saving eBooks for Libraries Petition to our attention.  Sign it here where there is a full explanation of the petition.

Project Aims to Build Online Hub for Archival Materials.

– California, Congress Move to Keep Facebook Passwords Private From Employers.

– Purdue Kicks Off Global Online-Education Project.

The New Knowledge Services: merging knowledge management and librarianship.

MillionShort is a new search engine developed by a Canadian that hacks Google so the first million results are tossed out leaving the rest.

– Almost 95% of tablet web traffic is via the iPad.

– Exclusive: potential China link to cyberattacks on gas pipeline companies.

– Are you a high multi-tasker or low multi-tasker?

– In defense of the New York Public Library.  Tamper with that building and you risk offending some powerful sensitivities.

– Man decides to leave the internet for one year.  Why?  Find out here.