Adventures in the UAE #sibfala15

Robert & I were honored and delighted to be part of this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair and ALA Conference in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates last week. Michael Dowling, Director of ALA International Relations & Chapter Relations, and the Sharjah Book Authority (the organizers of the Book Fair) were the most gracious hosts, and such a pleasure to work with. You can get a good overview of the conference activities from this write-up of the conference that appeared in American Libraries yesterday.

We enjoyed the opportunity to meet and/or reconnect with so many lovely people both from the Middle East and here in the States – including some fellow Indiana University library school alums! We also had the opportunity to do just a little bit of touristing. I’m hoping to write up some reflections in my personal blog, but until then, let me share with you just a few photos …

Slides from my talk, “From Anywhere Library to Everywhere Library: Creating a User Experience Strategy for Mobile” are available online at:

I pulled together the tweets and such from the conference into a Storify.

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Today on ACRL TechConnect: Rethinking Library Web Governance

With my colleagues Anne Haines & Rachael Cohen, I wrote a piece that was published today on the ACRL TechConnect blog, “From Consensus to Expertise: Rethinking Library Web Governance.”

In it we grapple with some of the questions that we’ve been wrestling with over the last couple of years as we’ve undertaken a major site migration and redesign. One outcome of that project was that we began to ask ourselves what the library website is for, and how best to steward it for everyone’s benefit.

Internally we’ve referred to it as “The Manifesto” – although, being librarians, I guess it is still a rather mild manifesto when it comes down to it.

In some cases it has been easier to say what the library website is not – a catalog, a fixed-form document, a repository—although it facilitates access to these things, and perhaps makes them discoverable. What, then, is the library website?

What is it?! Well, enquiring minds that want to know: I’d encourage you to pop over and have a read of our thoughts on the subject. Our thanks to Eric Phetteplace and all the folks at ACRL TechConnect for the opportunity to publish this piece.