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IL06, Day 3 Confgrunt

Posted on: October 25, 2006

Notes from Day 3 of Internet Librarian 2006

More raw notes from the conference… to be filled in further later…

Morning Keynote: Shari Thurow
Search Friendly Web Design
an engaging speaker, but a topic too focused for a keynote

  • user-friendly web site design that can be easily found on both the crawler-based and human-based search engines
  • 5 Basic Rules of Web Design: Easy to Read, Easy to Navigate (provides ‘sense of place’ and ‘scent of information’), Easy to Find (externally and internally), Consistent in Layout & Design, and Quick to Fownload
    people will click as long as they believe they’re making progress
    search engines as 3rd browser

  • Search Engines do 3 things: index text, follow links, measure popularity
    if you do not place text on your pages and create a site navigation scheme that crawlers can follow, your library site will not rank well in the search engines
    need high quality links from 3rd parties

  • Primary Text: title tags, visible body copy, text at top of page, in and around hypertext links
  • Secondary Text: meta-tag content, alternative text, domain and file name
  • MPABS: “most people are basically stupid” – you have to tell people what you want them to do on your site
  • site map should provide context, have an intro paragraph
  • Yahoo + Wikipedia = good high-quality links to get
  • glossaries and dictionaries – especially illustrated glossaries – are good for rankings
  • Gerald Spool, usability expert
  • cross-linking

Session One: Trends in Mobile Tools and Applications for Libraries (B301)
Megan Fox, Simmons

Session Two: Training Tutorial Tour and Tips (C302)
Greg Notess

Photo_102706_001.jpgSession Three: What’s Hot & New with Social Software (D303)
Stephen M Cohen
A quick A-Z of some of the current hot sites — most of which I use, but I will definitely by checking out the Muppet Wiki ASAP!
A – Ajax
B – Beta, Browster
C – CoComment
D – Digg
E – Econsultant
F – Flickr
G – Gmail
H – Hype
I – Image Editors (,,
J – Jenny Levine
K – ?
L – Library Thing
M – Moo, Meebo, Media Convert, Mojeek, Muppets Wiki
N – Netvibes
P – Pandora, PureVideo
Q – ?
S – Snapper (two sessions mentioned snapper — I don’t understand the appeal — I absolutely LOVE FastStone capture and was going to mention it in the comments section of the talk but their site is temporarily down — its SO much better and more flexible!) , Slideshare
T – Typo of the Day
U – utube (oops – they apparently got hammered after the YouTube acquisition)
V – ?
W – Wikis
X – ?
Y – YouTube
Z – Zoho

Session Four: Blogging Update: Applications & Tips (D304)
Walter Nelson, Karen Coombs, and Aaron Schmidt

Closing Keynote: Social Computing and the Information Professional (renamed All the World’s a Game…)
Elizabeth Lane Lawley

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