As I do just about every year in the September Editor’s Notes space, I want to signal highlights of the upcoming Internet at Schools West conference, coming up Oct. 29 and 30 in Monterey, Calif. Our “conference within a conference” (we are the K–12 face of the Internet Librarian conference that is concurrent and co-located with I@Schools West) features three—count ’em, three!—well-known keynote speakers:
* Pew Internet & American Life Project director Lee Rainie will open for both the Internet Librarian and Internet@Schools attendees with his keynote talk, 2.0 and the Internet World.
* Information Searcher publisher and editor and consultant Pam Berger will speak exclusively to our K–12 group on Learning and Literacy in a Digital World.
* ResourceShelf and Ask.com search guru Gary Price will close our conference with another of his rapid-fire reviews of what’s happening with the major Web search players.
And then, of course, there are the 2 days’ worth of sessions, each presented by an enthusiastic practitioner like you. We’ve gathered them into four tracks, running sequentially so you needn’t miss a one: Mashups and Gaming: Leveraging Social Phenomena, Web 2.0—Library 2.0, Information Literacy and 2.0 Technologies, and Resources for Learning and Research. Among the presenters are Robert Lackie and Robert Terrio—Practical Mashups: Adding to the Librarian’s Repertoire, Aaron Schmidt—Get Your Game On: Gaming and Learning in the Library, Mary Ann Bell—Here Today … Here to Stay? The Future of Blogs, and Deb Hunt—Hands-On and Minds-On at the Exploratorium.
Please have a look at the entire program at www.infotoday.com/Internet@Schools, along with the program for the entire Internet Librarian conference at www.infotoday.com/il2007, and come on out West to join us. Online registration is at www.infotoday.com/il2007/registration.shtml.
This Month’s Issue
For this back-to-school issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, we’ve tapped two of the folks just mentioned above. Aaron Schmidt has written on hot 2.0 tools including blogging, wikis, photo sharing, and instant messaging … and how you can leverage them for your library program. “Be the change,” he says in his cover feature, Tapping the Tools of Teen Culture in the LMC (p. 8). And Mary Ann Bell dishes out tech advice in her September Belltones column, Avoiding Tech Terror Attacks (p. 35).
Also, in a back-to-school issue tradition in the making, we’ve brought back Barbara Fiehn with an update on what’s what in K–12 library automation (see School Library Automation Revisited, p. 26) and Robert Congleton with the latest installment—Part 5, no less—in his series Database News: What’s There, and What’s Coming Up, in the World of K–12 Content (p. 12). Read them … and be informed!
David Hoffman, editor