A couple of days have now passed since I gave my presentation. With over 100 attendees, resulting in a standing room only audience, I was very excited to see the interest among other professionals in social catalogues. I think it went really well and I enjoyed myself immensely. The audience was attentive, no one was looking at their program or dozing off, and lots of people were looking on with interest, smiles and nods (while writing notes too!)
The drawback for me and Dr. Louise Spiteri, my co-presenter, was that we only had 1 hour to present. As a result, we ran out of time to finish the presentation – a lesson on our part and unfortunate for our attendees, because we weren’t able to share all of our ideas about how to choose a social catalogue for their library or provide them with tools and ideas on how to introduce social features (mainly free features) into library catalogues.
The feedback and interest was overwhelmingly positive, so I will be posting my presentation as well as Dr. Spiteri’s on this blog shortly (I didn’t get home until 1:00 am this morning, but the slides are coming). This will allow all of you, as well as those who attended, to view our slides and contact me and Louise with questions, ideas, or to share what you are doing in your library.
I have the opportunity to present this session again next Thursday, June 11th, at the APLA conference in Halifax. Prior to giving this presentation, there are a few changes I will be making.
First, I think that I need to emphasize what we are doing right and what we excel at. Talking with Louise, she stressed the importance of emphasizing what we do well while offering suggestions on improvements to our catalogue. As always, we want to support these suggestions with evidence as to why we should even be considering putting the effort into these enhancements. Louise’s research assists in this regard, as does OCLC’s new report: Online Catalogues: What Users and Librarians Want. Also, I will be trimming down my slides and presentation, focussing on ideas and examples so that I can finish in the scheduled time.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at CLA this year. It was great to meet other professionals across Canada and listen to what is happening in libraries throughout the country. I feel re-charged, full of energy and excitement to jump back into work and focus on projects in my library.
Now that I have one major presentation under my belt, I hope to do more!