When Words Escape Me
September 7, 2008 2 Comments
My boss, Amy De Groff, suggested to me that I should submit a proposal to Computers in Libraries 2009. She knows how much I’ve enjoyed attending this conference over the years. She felt that the classes I’m offering this fall at Howard County Library for our customers on Web 2.0 would be something that perhaps CIL might be interested in.
I’ve been staff training at the Howard County Library for some time now. My classes are always well attended (even when they aren’t mandatory trainings) and I’ve gotten good feedback such as “I speak in plain English not techie”. So I thought I could move onto our customers and help them learn about the read/write web and maybe able to converse better with the techies in their lives (or at the very least go home and have the courage to play a bit more with the web).
I took my boss’s advice and tried to find someone to co-present with. Good idea if you are new to presenting at CIL to have a more experienced co-presenter help you over the bumps and take you through the hoops. I tapped my friend (almost)Baldgeekinmd to see if he’d be interested but alas he was unable to. However, he had a fantastic idea and one that is very Web 2.x — throw the idea out to the community!
So off to FriendFeed I went. Within a few minutes I had a Facebook email from Joshua Neff and several comments on my FriendFeed post from Michael Sauers. Michael and I emailed back and forth a bit and he agreed to present with me (if we get selected mind you).
Now the fun begins, writing the proposal. Luckily the form only requires a paragraph for the session description but what is causing me to have writer’s block is the title. I know from personal experience that catchy, descriptive titles also catch my eye when I’ll flipping through the CIL program guide. So for once I am at a lost for words.