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Traveling for Business & Pleasure

   April 12th, 2007 Brian Herzog

These two weeks see me traveling to both Charleston, SC, and Washington, DC.

Pleasure in Charleston, SC
I was in Charleston to visit one of my closest friends, who I haven't seen in way too long. In addition to just getting to spend time with her, we also spent a day on Bull Island, which is part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Bull Island is an unspoiled and undeveloped barrier island just north of Charleston, and we spent the day hiking around and taking pictures. If you ever get the chance, definitely visit. Here's a few pictures:

herzogbr's Cape Romain, SC photoset Check out the rest of my Cape Romain, SC photos


Library Business in Washington, DC
(calling library stuff
"business" seems odd to me, but there you go)
This weekend I'm heading to Washington for the Computers In Libraries 2007 conference. I always enjoy Washington, and am also looking forward to the conference.

My goals for the conference are:

  • talk to vendors with time management software for public PCs
  • learn more about incorporating rss and css into web design
  • look at cms systems to replace our static html/Dreamweaver current way of doing things
  • talk to vendors about federated searching
  • find out as much as I can about open source ILSs, since Horizon 8 is a no-go
  • be on the lookout for product like Delicious Library, but for PCs and web-ready

Specific Sessions I will be attending (I usually play it by ear after I arrive, but these are definites):

  • [preconference] Michael Sauers' Integrating RSS into Your Web Site session
  • Tim Spauling's LibraryThing session
  • Jessamyn West's Firefox session

We'll see how far I get. I'm also plan to tour the House of Representatives, sit in the gallery of the Senate, finally get to the National Archives, and hang out with a cousin of mine who lives in the area. If you see me there, please say hi. Otherwise, I'll be back next week.

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