March/April 2009 issue
Computers in Libraries
Two Eighth Circuit librarians,
Crata Castleberry, Little Rock,
and Deborah Showalter-
Johnson, Kansas City, attended
the conference Computers in Libraries, March 29
- April 1, 2009, in Crystal City, VA.
The conference is known for providing a good
overview of newly developed or newly applied
hardware and software for library and information
services. Presenters at the conference covered
topics such as federated searching, Microsoft
SharePoint implementation, the problems of longterm
retention of digital materials such as Blawgs(law blogs), Facebook applications, Flickr and
collaboration, and other Web 2.0 technologies.
The speakers reported not just on what has
worked for them, but what hasnít, and what the
future may hold.
Not everything seen and experienced would
work for the courts, but one thing stands out.
Digital media is constantly evolving and the
way libraries use the media changes right along
with it. One additional benefit derived from
attending was the development of contacts made
with other libraries and librarians. Such
contacts provide support as we make changes
that benefit our users and create more efficient
methods for processing work.