Update – it appears all the materials from both BCR sponsored Reference Renaissance Conferences have been removed from the web and are no longer available 😦
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Second Reference Renaissance Conference Presentations Now Available
Many PowerPoint presentations, handouts etc. for BCR‘s Reference Renaissance conference are now available here. See some comments about the conference at Facebook and read the article by Josh Hadro from Library Journal (I especially like Nate Hill’s comments about what San Jose PL did).
As you know, I’m no longer at BCR, and unfortunately, my schedule didn’t allow me to attend (though BCR kindly offered to let me go for free), but I had a chance to spend some time with one of the plenary panelists, Jean Costello, the Radical Patron, after the conference and she told me that it was a great learning opportunity. That a lay person so involved with libraries had so much to learn should be a great reminder of how many people still don’t realize all that the wonderful things the library can do for them. We have a long way to go with marketing. Which was why I was so pleased that collaboration was a huge theme at the event. For an excellent blueprint of what we should do, read Jean’s post Inching Toward a National Public Library Corporation – regional library organizations and others take note.
So did you get a chance to attend? What did you learn? What do you think about a National Library Corporation and how are you collaborating to maximize the impact of your budget and your staff’s time?