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ALIA 5th New Librarians Symposium: My iPad Conversion

Today I made the worst boo- boo I could make at a conference such as this: I forgot my netbook.
Being the tech-a-holic that I am, this is a big deal. Yesterday showed how many people here were using Twitter, and that was not something I wanted to miss out on. For me, I use Twitter the same way some would write notes. The writing itself helps me process, but the interaction that Twitter gives in a situation such as this, means things tend to stick in my memory more.

HOWEVER, the lovely Bronwen Forster was sitting next to me when I realised I had forgotten my netbook, and she offered me the use of her iPad!
Bronwen had an iPad from work, but much preferred to use her laptop, which she also had with her. So I thought, yeah, why not? I had never really been that interested in iPads before, as I am not that keen on some of Apple’s ethics (DRM, cost of brand name etc.).
BUT, I am officially an iPad convert. I just love the functionality of it! Yes, they typing on a screen is a bit strange at first, but  got used to it pretty quickly, and soon I was typing as fast as I normally would.
Yesterday’s blog post was written on the iPad.
It does have some issues though. Mobile Twitter via the internet, will only show the hashtag feeds in popularity order, not most recent. Also, some websites haven’t really adapted to having a mobile interface. BlogSpot allows users to make posts, but only write in HTML, and not in RichText.  But thinks like that will be fixed over time, as tablet and mobile devices become more and more commonplace, so I am not that fussed. These issues are problems with the websites, not with the product itself.
So that’s it. I am officially a convert. Next time I need to upgrade my mobile device, I am getting an iPad, rather than another netbook.
Wouldn’t have minded having the up down left right scrolling keys on the iPad keyboard.

ALIA 5th New Librarians Symposium: Friday

Yesterday was the first day of NLS, and it was a blast. During the day we had a couple of tours (one at TAFE Central library, and the other at SLWA). In the afternoon, there was the joint session with the LibTech conference, called Back to the Future: Where are we going? I think the thing I found most interesting was a comment one of the speakers made, saying “why do we even have two separate conferences?” That was very popular with everyone there, which got me thinking.

TAFE Central had a brand new custom building. Somehing I found really interesting was that they had one office for the librarians, and another for the library techs. I asked about it, and the libray tech said “the librarians think they are better than us.”

While this was said in a sort of joking way, it seemed there was a sort of bitter undercurrent. I mean, in a library, the staff are a community. I understand that the bosses get their own office, but part of the fun of working out the back is socializing. You can’t really do that when you have those with the degree in one room, and everyone else in the other.

As someone who is working her but off to get her degree, I wasn’t sure how I felt when the presenter said that your qualification doesn’t really matter in the workplace, but segregation based on education, that I don’t understand.

That evening there was a Tweetup at the Hula Bula bar, which was a lot of fun. I was pretty hungry at that point, so while everyone else was gouging in, I was standing outside with my cup of super hot potato and leek soup I got from Dome, waiting for everyone else to arrive so I could direct them to where the group was. Once I got inside, I did have a fabulous (virgin) cocktail called a Spongebob, which I quite enjoyed. It is not often I can even get cocktail I can drink when I go out.

Got home rather exhausted, but a good day. sure I had been to the SLWA plenty of times, but it is the company you keep. Like-minds have fun together!