Posted by Lori Ayre on August 5, 2008

I was just reading about the Defrag Conference and wringing my hands that not a single librarian was represented among the speakers. Here's what defrag says about their conference:
Defrag is the first conference focused solely on the tools and technologies that are leveraging the "social" aspect of software to accelerate the "aha" moment. Defrag is not a version number. Rather it’s a gathering place for the growing community of implementers, users, builders and thinkers that are working on the next wave of software innovation.

The conference is about software innovation but it is also about how we deal with the abundance of information facing us (and our users) and how best to filter, organize and interact with that information and the user. Anybody else deal with information retrieval and/or user interface design in library school?
While mulling over whether I should be signing up for this conference...I noticed the callout box at the top of the agenda for the 2008 conference. It was a quote from our friendly Free Range Librarian. Thankgod. At least one other librarian has this on her radar. Anyway, pass the word on so others might jump on board"
Defrag Conference, November 3-4, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.
P.S. Yes, I'm talking to all of you who are, or should be, involved in developing our new Open Source Library Systems.