Last weekend I made my third trip to
In the Exhibits Hall I heard lots of news about projects and products that are being developed but not yet ready to be announced. That's typical for vendors, but I heard this type of talk so often last weekend that I've concluded that 2008 is shaping up to be a good year for new vendor products and services. I hope these projects come to fruition quickly and are announced at the
The coolest new product I actually saw demonstrated at
- Citation analysis taken to the next level (Eugene Garfield would be pleased, I think)
- A pre-populated slice of Facebook of biomed experts you need to know, if so inclined
- The idea of the semantic web made into a specific, useful tool
- A great mash-up of citation, social networking, and even geographic information.
There is no cost to register to use this service. Collexis reps told me that eventually they plan to have some tasteful advertising associated with this resource.
The Jim Rettig Presidential Initiatives Advisory Committee had a productive -- albeit staple-less -- meeting on Sunday evening. Many interesting initiatives are being planned for Jim's presidential year, which begins in July: social networks, unconference events, salon conversations, etc. For a brief preview, watch and listen to the presentation Jim made to the Chapter Relations Committee, as recorded and blogged by Curtis Rogers on Jan. 12th.
The inaugural meeting of the
The Library Journal Mover & Shaker luncheon on Saturday was a great two hours of lively conversation as we huddled in small groups to discuss several key topics. It was held in the Plastic Club, a haven for artists of the visual and plastic arts, with nary a hint of medical anomalies. All of us are hoping that the growing group of M&S designees will become a force for positive change, collectively as well as individually.
At the LITA RFID Interest Group meeting I learned that NISO just published a report (PDF file) with recommendations (not a set of standards) about the worldwide use of RFID in libraries. The report covers not only the technical details, which are legion, but also the social and security issues, including privacy and vandalism to the RFID tags, which could include both brute force as well as nefarious re-coding of data on the chips.
Although I'm skeptical about the future of in-person-only conferences, because of the time and cost involved and lack of opportunities for truly broad participation, I have one parsimonious tale to tell. I spent a whopping $13 on ground transportation in Philly. The regional rail service between downtown and the airport is excellent, and the downtown district is very walkable, assuming the temperature is mild and the snow is not flying.