A New Direction

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December 1, 2010 by J. Johnson

As you know, OLC cancelled the Leadership, Convention, and
Chapter Conferences for 2009 and is restructuring its education
programming to respond to your needs in this challenging
environment . And SSCD Action Council is also working to create
different channels and partnerships that might yield alternative –
and better – programs and resources to help you, our members.
We believe that a 2009 falling sky deserves a 2010 umbrella! How
can OLC and SSCD, with little funding, provide professional
development and resources to public libraries who have little or no
funding?

  • The Unconventional Convention on October 21-22,
    2009 moved away from the traditional
    conference/workshop format to audio and video
    conferencing that lets presenters share their desktop
    with attendees. OLC partnered with OCLC to bring
    this virtual convention to OLC members. Six online
    webinars on varied topics (that had been originally
    scheduled to take place at the OLC Convention and
    Expo in Cleveland ) were featured and are now
    archived on the OLC Web site for viewing at your
    leisure. Easily accessed, free, and archived for future
    use! What could be more stress-free?
  • Open-source web conferencing: OLC and SSCD see
    an opportunity for an exciting new way to connect
    with more of our members and provide interactive
    programming. Through Dimdim, a free, open source
    live meeting software, webinar attendees will not
    have to download any software, and SSCD will be
    able to present programs and hold Web meetings
    customized to our members’ needs. A demo of dim
    dim is available.
  • Partnering: We are looking for opportunities to
    create programs for you with other professional
    groups, like the Ohio Preservation Council, the
    Society of Ohio Archivists, the Ohio Historical
    Society, the State Library of Ohio and OCLC.
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