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You are not alone: An Event Together

Between the two conferences I have attended (the first being Internet Librarian), An Event Apart was much more relevant and useful for me. The speakers and content conjured creativity and provided insight to practical issues I am facing. My job is isolating (I am the only one who understands this stuff), but I met some fantastic people I can relate to in New Orleans. The event should be An Event Together. 😉

Among the people I met is Jeffrey Zeldman, one of the co-presenters (the other being Eric Meyer). I had the opportunity to share my code idea with him, and I think I got a positive reaction. It is appropriate timing for Earth Week; maybe this is something to add to Earth Week celebrations. 😉 takes the sustainability battle into my work; every little bit helps. It is another great incentive to use web standards and challenge ourselves to develop light-weight frameworks. Support energy efficiency by using code efficiency. It also generally fell under one of the top ten strategic technologies (I focus on the code rather than the hardware). I really like the idea, but I am not sure what to do beyond implementing it and creating awareness.

The conference was worth the trip. The timing was really good for the Library Web site redesign I have started, and I got some great ideas (many I am sure are years from possible, sadly). I really enjoyed Jason Santa Maria‘s Good Design Ain’t Easy and Cameron Moll‘s Good vs. Great Design. Stephanie Sullivan gave some very practical and useful tips; I almost wish she had a double session. 😛 I also liked Andy Clarke‘s presentation using comic book layout to solve content layout issues. what a character. 😉 My former co-worker, Goblin Cartoons, would have really enjoyed talking with him. After seeing Andy’s presentation, I should have taken Goblin’s comic book design idea to heart. It would have been awesome.

Once back in Germany, I’ll review my photos and might submit a few to the Flickr group. 🙂

An Event Apart

I have the privilege of attending An Event Apart next week, and I am looking forward to it for the most part. This is exactly the kind of conference I need to visit to do the job I need to do, and the best part is I know most of the speakers and own their books!

From this I hope to take away some fantastic ideas for improving the Library’s Web presence. I already have some ideas and tricks up my sleeve, but hearing and speaking to the best will give me better insight. The biggest improvement is the search I am planning to build. The idea was kind of squashed at my previous job, but I have total control over this one. 😀 It won’t be as minimalistic as originally planned, but I hope to make it very interactive and seamless while maintaining accessibility and usability. The process has already been hard and long, but I am determined to get a content management system and build a high-end Library Web site and Web catalog. I really want to use VuFind; the interface is very simple and elegant, and the features just keep coming!

The trip itself I am not looking forward to. I just made a trip back to the States two weeks ago, and this time I will be flying alone for a much longer time. I’m going to be so wiped! And as soon as I return, I start twelve hour training days (twelve hours because of bad transportation options). Jet lag and computer jargon crammed into my cranium. Sadly, I can’t wait until May is over! 😛

An Event Apart, here I come! 😀