I just got back from the Special Libraries Association annual conference in Philadelphia. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing a lot of what I learned. Here’s a quick list of some of the best of what I got this year:
- If you haven’t read Hot, Flat and Crowded by Tom Friedman, do so. Tom is a Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was the keynote speaker and had a lot of great insights into how the internet has “flattened” our world and how we should respond.
- I have reviewed both Brand Bubble and Spend Shift, and had the chance to attend a workshop by the books’ author. Again, these titles are important reads. I found Gerzema’s five post-recessionary consumer trends particularly enlightening and informative in regard to how we should shape our messaging and the services we provide.
- Need inexpensive software solutions? Check out this presentation on Open Source: Freedom and Community by Nicole Engard. Don’t be put off by the fact that the presentation is geared toward libraries. Most of the content applies broadly.
- I attended a workshop titled “60 Apps in 60 Minutes” by a Yale Librarian Joe Murphy and Social Information Group owner Scott Brown. You won’t want to miss this.
What are some of the best things you’ve learned from conferences?