No Petting Zoo

Feb 21, 2005 by

On February 15, I mentioned, talking about the SLA-PAM programming in Toronto, a Technology Petting Zoo presented by the IT, PAM, Biomedical & Life Sciences and Engineering Divisions.

The idea was excellent: an “interactive session to learn about the future of small technologies and experience, hands-on, several gadgets and devices. Some of the latest innovations in computing will be showcased and demonstrated”.

Vendors, some of which had exhibited at EduCause and Computers in Libraries conferences, were approached. All of them refused to come. The session moderator was ignored and his email put in some of the vendors’ killfile (!). A vendor asked him why would he want to come talk to librarians (!!!) Only one vendor politely turned him down but let the door open for another time.

Needless to say, I’m floored by the ignorant and rude response the organizers received. Talk about missing a market.

Never defeated, the resilient organizers put a new session into place featuring past-SLA president Hope N. Tillman. Ms. Tillman will be describing the use of PDAs in libraries as well as those of convergent devices now out on the market (and others that are yet to come). In addition, she’ll talk about developing websites with handheld devices in mind. Technology Petting Zoo: PDAs and Beyond will take place on Monday, June 6, 2005 3:30PM – 5:00PM.

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