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I’m at the annual California Library Association conference in San Jose today. There have been a lot of interesting workshops and exhibit booths to visit, and I feel quite over-whelmed. I’m still trying to figure out how to apply what I learn here to the library I actually work in. The library profession is leaning so much towards web 2.0 features like wiki’s, but the demographic of my service area has very limited resources to the Internet outside of their 2 hour time-span at the library. There has to be some way to bring resources to this fall-between the cracks group. I’m determined to find it. Paper is not so obsolete.

I’ve attended one session about Subject Guides for the library, a really creative and simple tool to bring all the library resources (book and online) to the library patrons through the website. Next I’m going to a session about the future of libraries and how to prepare, this workshop is being given by the deputy state librarian Stacy Aldrich. That sounds useful for a newbie librarian.

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