One of the best parts of the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver was getting to speak on a panel with David Lee King of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Rachel Van Noord of WebJunction. The program was titled “Thx 4 the txt: Communicating with Users in their Space,” and it was sponsored by OCLC Resource Sharing. Unfortunately, none of us actually talked about SMS reference with users, a topic which I’m sure that many in the room were interested in. [For that, see the excellent presentation on SMS reference service by Joe Murphy of Yale University and Ellen Peterson of Maui Community College from Internet Librarian 2008.]
David did a wonderful job showing us how Topeka reaches out to their users and welcomes user content inside and outside the library website, and Rachel gave a great introduction to WebJunction. Both of them had beautiful slides! You can see David’s on Slideshare.
My part of the program was an introduction to LibX. We have just configured this browser extension at MPOW and will be testing it and making it available to users this spring. My slides show the very basic capabilities of LibX; for a more focussed look, see the presentation by Annette Bailey and Godmar Back at last year’s Access 2008 conference [pptx] [pdf]. Thanks to Kathryn Greenhill, whose own LibX screencast inspired me to just try it.