OPALescence, fun for all

The lack of posting here is due to a bout of bronchitis the Wee Bairn contracted. He has been keeping my hands full of late. Full of his phlegmy sadness. Thankfully, he is on the mend and my time is again my own, off and on.

On Friday, I am moderating an Unconference session at OPALescence:An Online Library Conference for Everyone. From the OPALescence home page:

Has your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues? Participate in OPALescence, a free online conference for everyone. We’re planning a series of interesting and informative presentations and discussions spread over two days.

OPALescence 2009 is two online conferences in one:
A “traditional” conference with scheduled speakers.
An unconference with facilitators where you can discuss whatever topic interests you.

OPAL has gathered some great speakers which will discuss things like cloud computing, technology training, virtual libraries, and reader’s advisory. There are 375 people registered to “attend” from 13 different countries. When was the last time you were able to interact on this level for free?

I am glad to be a part of another unconference. I believe this kind of sharing and learning is the future of professional education. There is still time to join the fun if you want to come hand out with other smart, chatty librarians.

–Jane, definitely chatty