Friday, May 30, 2008

Welcome to WiLSWorld Camp

All registrants to the Camp will receive an invitation to contribute to the WiLSWorldCamp Blog. We believe the Blog is critical for initiating discussions leading to the topics, discussions and quick key sessions at the Camp itself. So participating in the Blog by posting and commenting is essential to the success of the Camp.

We hope that each WiLSWorldCamp camper will post an introduction about themselves. It doesn't need to be lengthy or in depth. But if you could:

  • list a couple of areas of interest in the Next Generation OPAC and ILS
  • give your self and your initial posting no more than 3 tags/labels that describes your viewpoint and interest in the Camp
  • Any other interesting stuff you want to share (there's always the dog v. cats as pets discussions)
Here's a quick snapshot guide and reminder to posting:

Once you've signed in and chosen New Post, you'll see the editing page. Just a couple of important points to remember when posting to the WiLSWorldCamp blog. We want very much to track the ideas on the blog for use in the camp. So using "tags", which Blogger calls "labels" is very important. Please make sure you add labels to all your posts. In the bottom right there's the label area. You can click the toggle link (see all or hide all) to see all previous used labels and then click them to add, or you can type in your own new labels. As with any blog then remember, use links

create good titles, and of course remember to Publish your Post.

A camp is a creation of the participants, so thanks for making the WiLSWorldCamp happen. Later,

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Come Camping with us

What do Roy Tennant, John Blyberg, Karen Schneider, Jennifer Ward, Sue Dentinger, Equinox, Ruth Dukelow and Steve Elfstrand all have in common? They're all going to Camp together, and you can go to.

WiLSWorld Camp, July 22, 2008, 1:00-4:30 p.m., at the Madison Pyle Center.
Registration is $40 and you can Sign Up Here

To help us prepare for Camp we've started a Camp Blog. Open for reading to anyone, Campers get to post, comment and help direct the conversations and content activities of the Camp. Check out the WiLSWorld Camp Blog

If you're unfamiliar with the camp process check out this Wikipedia article on the first Camp and then for an example Camp go look at the Library Camp Kansas wiki

Our Camp is going to be centered around the topic:

Next Generation OPAC and ILS: Expectations and Discussions

Sign up now and come prepared to share your stories and ideas around the Camp Fire at the Pyle Center.

For more details see previous WiLSWorld Camp postings.

WiLSWorld Camp 2008, Madison WI

WiLSWorld Camp, July 22, 2008, 1:00-4:30 p.m., at the Madison Pyle Center.

Next Generation OPAC and ILS: Expectations and Discussions
Join us for the first ever WiLSWorld Camp, a half day pre-conference designed and delivered by the attendees. In this our inaugural effort the topics will be concentrated on the upcoming next generation of library catalogs and integrated library systems. We will talk about what we can expect or hope for and more to the point what libraries and patrons really want and need. There are many libraries throughout our region currently grappling with the process of getting a new system and many more in eager anticipation or dread of the looming process. In many minds what libraries mount for patron use over the next year or two could make or break their place in patrons' hearts and minds.

The Camp Process
All attendees are encouraged to present at or facilitate a discussion. Everyone is also asked to share information and experiences of the event afterwards. We'll establish a blog, with an RSS feed, to support the Camp. Before it occurs, all registered attendees will be encouraged to post their ideas for specific topics, pertinent readings, sample web sites and systems, attendee lists and any other background materials they believe to be of use. These entries will inform the content outline for the Camp. At the Camp there will be 3 short key presentations based on the blog discussions, of 15-20 minutes each distributed throughout the afternoon. These keys will be designed to stimulate conversations and provoke ideas among the participants. Following each there will be discussion breakouts, on specific topics as determined by the participants both from before-conference blog entries and on site during the Camp. Key points from discussions will be reported back to the Camp as a whole and all participants will get to vote and rank key points, concerns and ideas to create a Camp report.

Some background on Camps can be found at: