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2013 Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference

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We had fun participating in today's Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference! The sessions and virtual exhibits were impressive... and no travel was required! During the virtual exhibit times, attendees were encouraged to visit our site, say hello, and ask questions about TechSoup.

No trees were harmed in the making of this conference

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For those of you who have never visited (or heard of) a virtual conference, let me set the scene:  hundreds of librarians huddle in front of PCs in their homes and small libraries across Iowa on a particularly freezing January day with coffee in hand.  All are about to take part in a conference, without going anywhere.  Keynoters Sarah Houghton-Jan and George Needham bookend the day while breakout sessions, poster sessions and even a virtual exhibit hall give every attendee the full conference experience – all without travel, or cost. 

do you Meebo?

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I don't consider myself a techie, yet i'm curious about how technology helps folks--including me--accomplish tasks and goals. I like trying out new tools, so when Tena Hanson suggested I use Meebo to interact with attendees at the exhibit hall for the Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference, I jumped at the chance to learn something new.

empty pockets? go to an online conference!

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Conferences are expensive to run and to attend, and those costs keep many of us at home, wishing we had the funds to travel away from our desks. But with new technologies cropping up daily, low-cost alternatives are surfacing that make learning from the experts a little easier on the pocketbook.

A Different Kind of Conference

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I know many in the library world are traveling to Denver this week for the ALA Midwinter Conference. I won't be there, but look forward to reading the tweets and blog posts as many great minds gather :-)  . I was, however, able to be part of a different and very special conference this week: The Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference.  

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