Joseph Szadowski gave a rather enlightened review of the SLA Annual convention and special librarians in general in Monday’s edition of the Washington Times which is excerpted here:
Library Techies: Beyond The Dewey Decimal System http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/23/library-techies/
The modern librarian must be Twitter-savvy and able to manipulate the Web and aggregate RSS feeds as quickly as compile competitive intelligence.
In other words, a librarian must be good at social networking, customizing computer databases, filtering data and getting the facts.
That 21st-century paragon of the information professional was well represented here at the 99th annual Special Library Association’s (SLA) conference last week.
Nearly 5,000 specialized librarians working in such diverse areas as news, energy resources, military, engineering, chemistry and the law descended on the Emerald City to look at how their industry continues to evolve in a world dictated by digital bytes and the immediate access of information.
The opening session’s keynote presentation set the tone for the conference and was led by one of the Internet’s founding fathers.
Vinton G. Cerf, Google vice president and self-professed Geek Orthodox Chief Internet Evangelist for the search leader, looked at the past, present and future of cyberspace.
Mr. Cerf’s early contributions include helping to develop a packet switching network and TCP/IP protocols for ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) back in the 1970s, some of the key pieces of the Internet’s infrastructure.
Prompted by PBS interviewer Charlie Rose, Mr. Cerf offered a prediction that by 2010, 50 percent of the world (more than 3 billion people) will be online thanks to the continued innovations of mobile devices…”