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FGI @ ALA annual conference ’09 in Chicago

If anyone’s going to be in Chicago July 9-13, you might consider heading over to the American Library Association’s Annual Conference ’09 for their grassroots program. All of the FGI gang will be there. Jim Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo, and friend of FGI Gabriela Schneider will be on a panel called “Libraries and Obama’s Information Policy” on Saturday, 3:30–5 p.m. Hope you can make it!!

Libraries and Obama’s Information Policy
Saturday, July 11, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Hilton, Lake Ontario room

The nation’s information policy is a major concern for the library community. We are facing a critical historical juncture, where libraries can raise our voices and provide a vision of information policy. This panel will provide an opportunity to identify key issues in the new administration’s information policies and discuss ways the library community can participate in forming that policy.

Moderator: Caroline Nappo, Doctoral Student, Information in Society Fellow, University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library & Information Science

Panelists: Jim Jacobs, Data Services Librarian Emeritus, University of California San Diego, Co-creator of FreeGovInfo.info; Gabriela Schneider, Communications Director, Sunlight Foundation; ShinJoung Yeo, Information in Society Fellow Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

There’s also a panel on Monday July 13 from 8-10am called “From Legacy Data to Linked Data: Preparing Libraries for Web 3.0.” None of the FGIers are on the panel, but we’re sure to be there as data is very important!!

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  1. dcornwall says:

    According to the ALA 2009 wiki page on microblogging, they’ve settled on ala2009. See http://wikis.ala.org/annual2009/index.php/Microblogging_Annual.

    I had an unhappy Twitter experience at conference last year (saw FAIL Whale entirely too much, but since I’ll have my XO laptop who knows?

    If I tweet, I won’t be livetweeting sessions. I like to give presenters my full attention.


    "And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them." — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

  2. blakeley says:

    I will be but tags haven’t been decided yet. Good idea! I am not sure what the tag for ala 2009 is…might just be #ala2009 but I’ll check.

  3. Peggy says:

    Will anyone be tweeting ALA using an FGI or GODORT tag?

  4. jrjacobs says:

    Hi Peggy. we’ve decided on #godort09 for GODORT’s official twitter hashtag. You can also follow the snarky back-channel at #godortnopants. You can follow these hashtags via search.twitter.com.

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