I have been a professional librarian for over 30 years and in that time have seen huge advances in the uses of technologies to improve access to information and service delivery. Conferences were traditionally the places to find out about new and forthcoming innovations, solve problems and see evidence of new applications. More than a decade ago we added the Internet to our "bag of tricks". It soon became the "highway" we all travel on to deliver our services. Now, with the advent of blogs, wikis, podcasts and videocasts the internet has also become the vehicle for real-time, on-going conferences. Due to people like Helene Blowers encouraging us to learn about and investigate these tools, we can "bring home" the new ideas much more immediately to share with our colleagues and library users.
Thanks to my library manager, Barry McGuren, for his foresight and enthusiasm in giving us such an exciting opportunity.