The Aftermath

DragonCon was another “success(Dragon Con celebrates state of the fantastic arts)”:http://www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030829/NEWS/308290302/1004. And while I have not spoken to our network administrator, it “sounds like(Burning Man counterculture seeks social, political influence)”:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/09/01/state1707EDT0076.DTL he probably had a good time as well. Oh, and on the very morning I “left(Off to DragonCon)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/08/28/index.html for Atlanta, the Internet connection for the library cooperative went down. It took a day and a half and a visit from a technician to get it operational again. You can never predict…

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Unfortunately, Roddy was detained elsewhere. But we did get to her some entertaining stories by another wrestler, Freddy Valentine.

Richard Hatch

While he is obviously disappointed about the “new version(Battling Galactica)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/07/12/index.html#002419, he does have other things in the works. Last weekend he had dinner with Galactica creator Glen Larson and Tom DeSanto, who was originally going to work with Bryan Singer on his version. DeSanto has plans for a theatrical film continuing on from the original series.

Off to DragonCon

I am off to “DragonCon(Dragon*Con: America’s Largest SF and Popular Arts Convention)”:http://www.dragoncon.com/ again today. I may try some more of my “feeble(Judith Krug at Nimbus 2003)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/07/18/index.html#002431 “attempts(How not to run advance ticket distribution)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/03/02/index.html#002130 at “moblogging(On the Mississippi)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/04/10/index.html#002227. The difference between this year and last is that unlike last year, our network administrator is not hard at work. He is somewhere in the Nevada desert right now at a little event called “Burning Man(The Burning Man Project)”:http://www.burningman.com/. Hopefully, our dear friends at Microsoft will keep us safe over the next 8 days or so.

Conferences want to be Free

The title of this post would seem to be the latest “sentiment(Webloggers deal Harvard blog-bores a black eye)”:http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/32315.html from Andrew Orlowski, in which he editorializes in yet another (supposed) news story. I haven’t been to a conference lately that did not have some sort of cost associated with it. While it seems relatively high, I have not the foggiest idea of what it costs. Nimbus 2003 wasn’t “free(Registration for Nimbus 2003)”:http://www.hp2003.org/nimbusregister.html, either. I have no reason to question what John Palfrey “says(Buzz about BloggerCon)”:http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/palfrey/2003/08/13#a347 and neither does anyone else. Either pay it, or not. Honestly, I have heard of most of the people who are attending, and none of the people who are complaining.

Impressions of Nimbus 2003

I see that the conference got some national attention as an “event(Fans Gather for Harry Potter Convention)”:http://www.ajc.com/living/content/living/ap/ap_story.html/Entertainment/AP.V3392.AP-Harry-Potter-Co.html and for the “scholarship(The Phenomenology of Harry, or the Critique of Pure Potter)”:http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/19/arts/19POTT.html?ex=1059278400&en=4fb19b00f42a7a07&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE. Many of the sessions really were fantastic. To hear John Granger explain the influence of “alchemy(The Hidden Key to Harry Potter: Understanding the Meaning, Genius, and Popularity of Joanne Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels)”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0972322108/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/ on Rowling’s writings really gives you new insight into the series. Edmund Kern really did a fabulous presentation as well into the “stoic aspects(Wisdom of Harry Potter: What Our Favorite Hero Teaches Us About Moral Choices)”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1591021332/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/ of the series. There were attendees who seemed to have another agenda, however: most devotees of what they call “fan fiction.” I accidentally attended one of the panels they all flocked to, and learned it wasn’t really what I was at the convention for. Their devotion did have an interesting side benefit, however: by determing which presentation they were headed for, it usually gave the rest of us an easy time finding a seat in the other panels. All in all, a very interesting time, and while I don’t know if I will attend the next event in 2005, I am certainly glad I went this time. Of course, there are those out there who did get the “memo( Harry Potter is a triumph, but a classic? I don’t think so)”:http://www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2003/07/19/do1901.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2003/07/19/ixopinion.html and others who are just plain “out there(Harry Potter Craze in Context)”:http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=1240.

Nimbus 2003

If you are a Harry Potter fan , you may be interested in attending Nimbus 2003: A Harry Potter Symposium .

Changes to FirstSearch

One thing I learned that was interesting was a change that OCLC has made to FirstSearch. When someone was doing a search in WorldCat, if the interface is setup correctly, you could click a link and go to your local catalog. Now, not unlike LibraryLookup, you can specify specfic searches via ISBN Search Results URL and ISSN Search Results URL. Now WorldCat users can see if your library actually has an item they found with a single click. If you need help constructing the URL, you can study the results of Jon Udell’s Build Your Own Bookmarklet .

Union Catalog Technology

Doug Loynes of OCLC made a presentation entitled Union Catalog for Florida Libraries – Emerging Optionsthat caused lots of questions.

Portals and Search Engines

Marshall Breeding did a presentation entitled Portals and Search Engines: State of the Art and Florida’s Options. One point was how valuable is metadata if it is ignored by search engines. The other was informing users just what a search is actually searching.