Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Another Great NETSL Conference

Things have been pretty busy lately, a reason I haven't done much posting to this blog. One of the projects keeping me occupied was the NETSL spring conference which was held last Friday at Holy Cross College.

This may have been the best NETSL conference ever. Keynote speaker Karen Coyle demonstrated some ways that bibliographic data can be used besides looking for a book. Rick Block kept the audience chuckling while he discussed the pros and cons of RDA. (There were 3 other breakout sessions, but alas, I could only attend one.)

Ted Fons talked about some of the research in which OCLC is involved. Three panelists showed how their institutions are "Mining the OPAC". All of the talks tied together very nicely and lots of audience members asked questions or made comments. The food was good, several vendors helped with sponsorships, and one lucky person took home a lovely doorprize.

The speakers' presentations are available on the NETSL website.

There is no date set for the 2010 conference, but it will be on a Friday in April so watch for information beginning early in the year.