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The InfoTubey Awards

The first InfoTubey awards were extremely well received, and the second ones tonight were no less popular.  The InfoTubey awards recognize excellence in library-related videos.  The videos were required to demonstrate marketing or innovation, demonstrate the library’s services, or convey the value of the library to the community.

ITI’s VP of Technology, Bill ("InfoDiddy") Spence, hosted the award ceremony.

The awards were judged by an elite committee of judges.  Here they are, with the InfoTubey awards in the foreground.

(L-R) Bill Spence (at podium), Rebecca Jones, Marshall Breeding, Darlene Fichter, Kathy Dempsey, and Aaron Schmidt



Here are the 2008 InfoTubey winners:

The Amazing Library 101 Challenge
University of Ottawa, Morisset Library
Ottawa, Ontario

Accepted by Rosemary Swan (L), Division des systèmes / Systems Division.  Presented by Rebecca Jones


DePauw University Libraries Visual Resource Center – Introduction
DePauw University Libraries
Greencastle, Indiana

Accepted by Caroline Gilson (L), Science Librarian, and Brooke Cox, (Center) Visual Resources Librarian.  Presented by Aaron Schmidt (R).



MCLS Year of the Teen 2007
Monroe County Library System
Monroe, Michigan

Accepted by Paula Loop, Web Designer.  Presented by Marshall Breeding.




 Now Your Library is Open Late Night, Too!
Gibbsboro, New Jersey

Accepted by Beth Cackowski (L), Project Coordinator.  Presented by Kathy Dempsey (R)



Library Zombies
Allen County Public Library
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Accepted by Sean Robinson, IT Manager.  Presented by Darlene Fichter.




Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and CIL 2008 Blog Coordinator

Acknowledgement:  Thanks to Bill Spence for his kindness in giving me the list of award winners and the links to their videos in advance of tonight’s ceremony.  This allowed me to publish this article to the blog at the completion of the ceremony.

Warming Up for the InfoTubey Awards

To warm up for tonight’s InfoTubey Awards gala, I just attended a session called Video, YouTube, and Libraries. One presenter was Nick Baker, who won one of last year’s inagural InfoTubies. The other was Karen McBride from Des Plaines PL.


These tidbits were among the advice Karen offered to beginning videographers:

  • Don’t worry about being perfect — people like to watch videos that are "raw, edgy, and badly lit."
  • You don’t have to spend a lot — basic cameras can take good-enough video, and there’s plenty of free, open source editing software out there.
  • Make sure you tell people you’ve posted videos!
  • "Unleash your inner ham!"

These folks have made fun videos; you can do it too!!

~Kathy Dempsey

Marketing Library Services editor

Searching, Finding and the Info Pro

My talk yesterday on Searching, Finding and the Information Professional was surprisingly crowded, given the other very strong sessions happening concurrently with mine. If I could have cloned myself, I would have been in multiple rooms that afternoon. My basic points were that our clients think about searchability and findability differently than we info pros do, which is good, because it keeps us employed. I also talked about newer developments in web search, such as personalization, optimization, semantic clustering, automatic indexing, metadata, and the "invisible" web. I ended up with some thoughts about nontextual, nontraditional information. And I showed some photos I took at the InfoTubey award ceremonies.

Somewhere in there I mentioned the traditional search strategies of pearl growing, successive fractions, and building blocks. One attendee asked me for the exact citation of the seminal article in ONLINE that introduced those concepts. I didn’t know it off the top of my head, but now I’ve looked it up. Here’s the citation: "Online Bibliographic Search Strategy Development," by Donald Hawkins (yes, that’s one of my fellow bloggers here at the InfoTodayBlog!!) and Robert Wagers, ONLINE, v. 6, n. 3, May 1982. It’s old enough that I don’t think the full text is available electronically. Sorry bout that.

Marydee Ojala

Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals

Don’t Miss the New InfoTubey Awards Tonight!

You do not want to miss the new evening session that will happen tonight!

Come to the Regency Ballroom at 7:30 to see which libraries won awards for their YouTube videos.  Be ready for some great laughs–and a few surprises!

Kathy Dempsey
Editor-in-Chief, Computers in Libraries