Okay, but let's spell "desirable" correctly first, okay? ;-)
Me, either. It's crazy that the music and cellular service industries expect our government to legislate their status quo in order to protect their businesses. I'm sure that today's budget announcements by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich mean lots of budget cuts for schools and libraries, but yet we're supposed to protect a cell carrier's profits by preventing me from taking my phone number to a better competitor??
It doesn't look like the streams are archived yet, but a lot of these presentations sound quite interesting.
Not Enough Lenses
I can't wait to get one of these... someday. After an adventure yesterday debating whether or not we could retrieve discarded plants out of the dumpster belonging to the building next door to SLS, I told Kate that I don't know how much longer I can hold out waiting for my ideal camera-phone because there's just so much I want to capture. Between the bizarre things I see, the kids, and freak Chicago weather, I could start a totally separate photoblog! I just never have a camera on me, so this solution is ideal.
I spent today attending the 5th Annual Government Information Locator Service (GILS) Conference currently in progress here in Illinois. Wow - what a great group of people! Andy's inspired and motivated again, and I completely understand why. I wish I'd been able to attend the whole thing, but I was there today specifically to give a presentation with Ray Matthews about RSS.
I'm happy to say that it went even better than I had hoped! I think I saw a light bulb go on for almost everyone in the room, so hopefully at least a few folks will follow Ray's example and we'll gain some traction at the state library level.
And following the Utah State Library's example would be an excellent strategy, given what I heard today. I've been trying to keep up with their RSS advocacy, but even I was unaware of just how successful they've been. Other State agencies in Utah are sitting up and taking notice (and more!) and the USL is working with a whole new range of folks thanks to their efforts in this area. So much so that Ray had to leave the conference early today in order to head back to Utah to accept the Governor's CIO Award for 2003!!! Way to go Utah State Library!!!
It was great finally meeting Ray, and our presentations actually worked quite well together, especially given the fact that we hadn't coordinated ahead of time! Both of our presentations will be available from the GILS conference site soon, but until then you can grab my Powerpoint file. It's really just an expanded version of what I've been doing for the past year in regards to RSS, so I'll point to Ray's file when it's online since I personally found it so interesting to hear what he had to say.
The only sad thing about today was being in a room full of people who are devoutly dedicated to providing permanent public access to government information (current and historical) and worrying that so many government officials are working against them to hide and remove it.
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