So, I went to check my work mail and saw FedTech and Computers in Libraries. On the cover of CiL is “The Secret to Patron-Centered Web Design.” At this a scoffed and said “like a librarian can tell me how to do Web design better than me.” Okay, not quite like that, but I thought I would take a look at it for giggles. Lo and behold, in big letters, is my former boss!! I was like “no way!” Yes way… it is an article all about the usability and design of the JoCoLibrary Web site!! Now I have to read it. 😛 I did not see my name mentioned *sigh* but my awesome colleague has a picture!
So, a front page feature and seven page article in CiL. Freakin’ awesome!! And right now on the Library’s home page is a picture I took too! Sweeeet… (feel free to leave guesses to what one it is 😉 )I just wish I could get the Web site here up and running, it’s just taking so long! Anyhow, congratulations to my fabulous colleagues at the Johnson County Library! 😀 I miss them!!
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. 🙂