KLA/MPLA Conference 2009 in Wichitatata

The mega-long, growing notes from KLA/MPLA

Cloud Computing – Heather and Liz presented an overview of cloud computing, while I sat there and looked pretty.  Everything is available at: http://blog.nekls.org < lots of LOL cat pictures to brighten your day.  They did a great job, answered questions, passed around netbooks and iphones and generally rocked it.

Open Source Applications for Libraries – with our SWKLS buddies Janelle, Charlene and Steve.  Follow Heather’s Tweets @hbraum

  • elgg – open source Facebook < explore
  • openoffice
  • wordpress (KLOW)
  • pidgin
  • koha (NExpress)
  • firefox
  • We’ll get the presentation and link to it and definitely invite these folks to Tech Day
  • SWKLS – web based uses: LAMP stack
    • Open computer and software inventory – TechAtlas alternative – live(ish), remote inventory – hardware, OS, software, export, etc.  Uses client software on each machine.  Does not interfere with DeepFreeze.  Web-based program.  SSL encrypted.  Have to physically remove surplus hardware.  Script or a client?  Runs as a service on the machine (set when you want it to ‘dial up to the mothership) – can push data from server to client, but have to have thawed computers.  Can add notes to the inventory, to record repairs.  Does work with an opensource ticketing system (which one??)  French development team…
    • Joomla content management system – Modified to track C.E. and workshop registrations – SWKLS Workshop Managment System (ocs.swkls.org)  Steve ‘massaged the code’ to get Joomla’s built in event registration robust enough to track other important CE information.  Users (librarians) like that they can see who is registered for a workshop, so they can ride share!  Runs reports, especially if you know MySQL.  Active Joomla community.
    • OpenSource CMS – test site for open source stuff – thrown out by an audience member.
    • Cacti – www.cacti.net – networking graphing system (used by Kanren)  Use to analyze bandwidth and argue with the ISP!  “Tad bit of a learning curve to it” – some thingy deal has to be turned on each client (smp)
    • Open source Firmware for routers – DD-WRT – linux on wireless routers – adjust transmit power, dynamic DNS, routing features, WDS, VPN access – with an online library listing all of these features. LIZ – USE WITH Kanguard and Laptops??
    • Bamboo Invoice (http://bambooinvoice.org) – invoicing program.

KLA Council meeting – but heard about LOL: Life of Leo from Royce and got to tell more folks about our Open Source Tech Day in August.

KLA Council meeting went very well, I took pages of notes that someone else can morph into Minutes.  Laura Loveless deserve a lot of kudos for restructuring KLA, Denise Smith planned Conference and Marie Pyko pulled together a budget with ‘little historical data.’  It will be a few years before I volunteer to join the KLA Exec Council – I’ve seen what a HUGE job that is, especially organizing the conference…I’ll stick with our little PLS Retreat for now.

The PLS Executive Committee and Kim and Kathleen went to the Andover Public Library on a reconnaissance mission for the Oct. 1 visit to hear about all the green architectural choices (like motion lights) made by the library.  It’s a beautiful building in a park with wild Geese eating right outside glass windows in the YA and Children’s area.

[Insert sleep here, then breakfast with waffles…yum]

The mayor of Wichita has the power to control the elements, or if not the elements at least the gas that lights a local Keeper of the Plains.  I don’t remember having this kind of rah-rah Wichita speech before.  Laura Loveless says that I am right – we haven’t had a Mayor speak at conference before.

Will Manley – keynote, retired city manager and columnist.  I think I’d enjoy this more if I could hear better – he has a low voice and half of what he says is lost to me.  As it is, I’d really just like to go take a nap.

Small Projects, Big Rewards Digitization 101 (handouts on MPLA site) –

  • Learning about NEH preservation grant for planning a joint digitization program.  At Montana, they have access to the big pieces of equipment from another professor and use interns to do the work.  She stressed that you need to pin-point a project that is small enough to complete.  Montana decided to use a flatbad scanner to scan, save in .tiff, save and post .jpegs – good enough.
  • Mary Ann Thompson from Hays Public Library – photos in sleeves, then put online.  Backstage Library Works – digitize outsourcing company that Comes To You!  Scans and enters metadata (charged by characters and pieces – $7,000 for 2000 items).  Archival Tiff at 60 dpi and JPEGS given as a book of CDs.  Greenstone Free Digital Library Software to put the images online  (opensource?)  Allows searching of metdata, via Web interface connected to from library homepage.  Gives stats!  Maintain and add new pieces in house, so will see how ‘easy or hard’ it is to add/edit the metadata.  Community feedback on the pictures?  Yes, door to door requests for photos to add to the collection.
  • Robin from Oklahoma State Univ – Plexus (www.library.okstate.edu/idbs/plexus) Vet med school newsletter scanned and posted online.  Centralized scanning with better equipment and a single point of contact.  Specs: 600 dpi, color, .tifs, 36 issues, 435 pages, 197,250 kb size.  Stored centrally.  Storage a real issue.  Worked with ContentDM and loaded and OCR’d the text, making the documents searchable (ABBYY FineReader).  JPEG2000 – tiles the image, allows for zooming.  Lessons learned: who does metadata, scanning quality control, who does clean up, OCR quality control, preservation, long-term storage of large files.
  • Jerry – 101 :: memory went from $200,000 for 256 mb in 1981 to $1.12 now.   Storage devices – know what a punch card looks like??  (we used them at my house as scratch cards from KSU’s early automation project.)  IBM 20 layer DVD 500G in 2006 v. flash drives 16G to 2 terabytes (expensive).  At least 44 different formats to store with (.jpeg, .tif, .png, .jpeg2000)  raster and vector (redraws the image).  Problems: converting formats, old technologies discarded, re-digitize?

[insert time spent at the Library Systems booth working on my 7 minute presentation for Friday’s KSU English Dept Alumni event…because everyone was up at the State Librarian luncheon.]

Web 2.0 on a 1.0 Budget with Heather and Heidi and (someone else)

  • 2.0 popular, easy, streamlined, versitile, useful to staff and patrons
  • Jing – we love jing and all it takes is one tiny program.  Camtasia light – 5 minute videos, reference answers, training, and it is FREE.  Can also use it to troubleshoot computers and error messages (video and screenshots).  (I have such a big mouth…oh well)
  • Animoto – lightinging round at Unconference – quick 30 second videos from your pictures.  Commercials for your Web Site!
  • Poll Daddy – Surveys and polls for the website, blog and social networks.  11 question times, free account includes 100 resopnses per survey, export data, close the survey at a set date, no downloads!  I might try this one…We could use it with NExpress Users Group…How does it compare to surveymonkey?  Graphics on poll daddy to create customized survey boxes.
  • WordPressKansas Libraries on the Web – free hosting, Web based and pretty easy.  Able to upload videos, documents, etc. on KLOW server.
  • TypePad – Blogging software at K-State  Salina– $4.95 a month, 100MB of storage and 2 GB bandwidth.  No ads, full anti-spam coverage and tech support.
  • (Funny, Joe, Janelle and I are 3 of the system tech consultants are all here)
  • Wordle – Generates word clouds (Royce played with this at Tongie’s site)

[insert dinner at Martini Steakhouse with a lot of discussion of how NEKLS can help with a digitization pilot and/or standards and best practices for small libraries, and then sleep]

PLS Breakfast at 8 am – http://klapls.wordpress.com – went well and we had about 38 people show up.  I managed to follow parlimentary procedure and the group came up with good ideas for PLS, such as a Facebook group.

Brad Meltzer was awesome….funny, inspiring and a phenominal story teller.  No offense, but a better speaker than the keynote.  I remember thinking that same thing last year – “i’m so glad I stayed for the closing speaker.”  Wish I could remember her name now.

Ended the day in Manhattan, sharing my career path with English majors worried about thier job prospects.  I got a follow up question from one of the professors about my time at Allen Press.  A decent place to start, but I couldn’t stomach it for more than a few years….besides, I was meant to be a librarian!