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Taxonomy Boot Camp Nov 15-16, 2010 in Wash DC

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Information Today has redesigned its Taxonomy Boot Camp site, and networked with LinkedIn. This boutique conference holds its own in this economy as it brings together those working on taxonomies, metadata, repositories and any way to harness and organize information. They come from libraries, corporate environments, government departments and professional services to gather in Washington, DC this year November 15-16 —- cleverly co-located with KMWorld, Enterprise Search Summit and SharePoint Symposium.

It’s choice not chance that determines your destiny. Jean Nidetch

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Perspective: “We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.” Frank Clark

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Your Front Porch: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc.

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Social networks are our front porches today.

The next time a friend or colleague who doesn’t enjoy social networks says to you “I don’t have time for Facebook,” or “I TALK to my friends” (usually delivered in a somewhat condescending tone) just casually invite them tovisit with you on your front porch. They may well respond with a “huh?”, and that’s ok, bcuz it’s your opening to depict a social network tool as a front porch — a place to talk with friends, families, those in your community, or just to read and relax.

I hadn’t thought of this porch analogy before for social networks, but it is perfect (our buddyStephen Abram probably used this metaphor long ago – he’s great with metaphors!). Facebook, Twitter and Skype reunite me with family I haven’t physically seen in years, and keep me in contact with friends, colleagues and new contacts all over the world conversing and sharing social and professional links and info. Working “virtually” as we have for 17 years, Jane and I often don’t leave our home offices all day, but we’re certainly never alone with instant messaging and networking tools. Our “neighbourhood or community” is huge, and people pass by or stop to discuss an issue or set up a meeting all day long – and often through the night when projects are due!

The Chair Academy’s Leadership Tips & Tools refers to Clifton Taulbert’s Eight Habits of the Heart in which porches are prominently featured as places

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Internet Librarian 2010: Adding Value

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Pimp our booktruck

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So wonderful to see the creativity & fun in public libraries. Ontario Library Association challenged libraries to “pimp their booktrucks” – and they did! Ontario Library Service – North in Sudbury and Springwater Library (in between Collingwood and Barrie — hopefully that doesn’t offend anyone!) took the Gold & Silver medals. Way to go! We’ve been so privileged to work with both of these organizations — fabulous staff & hotbeds of humour.

We need more of this!