Well, I got off to a bit of a slow start today. I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law in Vancouver, WA and had to make the trip across the river back into Portland. The sessions started at 9:30 am, so I took off around 9 figuring that 30 minutes would be plenty of time. However, I was wrong. It took ~45 minutes just to travel the 4 miles on I-5 to get out of Vancouver and into Portland. Final travel time, ~1 1/2 hours. So instead of 9:30, I showed up at 10:30 am, which means I missed the first session of the day entitled: One-stop shopping for journal holdings: the ideal and the reality. Fortunately, we had a lot of folks from OSU at the event, so I’m sure one of our group had an opportunity to take in this session.
The rest of the day, I spent either speaking (2 topics) or preparing to speak. I did two topics. One was on III’s global update functionality, which is an innovative specific application for database maintenance. The second topic continues this recent spat of evangelism that I’ve been participating in regarding the need to require our vendors to provide open apis. The title of my talk was entitled, Being innovative without innovative and I thought went well. I actually recorded the talk, but I’m never sure what I can post and not post (III’s usergroups, both national and regional follow some courtesy rules when dealing with III topics) so I’ll have to see if I can post my talk.