Although the sweltering temps in Chicago this summer at ALA Annual weren't at all comforting, Chicagoland offers librarians oh-so many comforts (meaning the M-W Online definition of 2comfort [noun]: "strengthening aid, assistance, support") this autumn.
Today, I attended the Podcasting 101 Tech Summit, hosted by the Metropolitan Library System, which has offices in downtown Chicago and in Burr Ridge (a Chicago suburb). None other than Jenny Levine was presenting (with Susan Bochenski providing an informative chronicle of the iPod). According to Jenny, the MLS hosts these tech summits, on various technology topics, quarterly.
The MLS, Jenny's POW, is a tremendous technology resource for libraries in the Chicagoland area. For more information about upcoming MLS events (including sessions/events covering RSS, gaming and libraries, Web design with CSS, and blogging), check out the MLS Calendar of Events.
In addition to the MLS, Chicagoland has, of course, the Chicago Public Library, which is offering Chicagoland librarians even more technology support this fall via its 2005 Scholars in Residence program. This year's scholars are Jenny, Michael Stephens, and Stephen Abram. In addition to participating in the CPL Scholars in Residence program, they will be addressing the subject of "Libraries Fit for the Future" in a day-long session at the Harold Washington Library Center in the loop on November 9, 2005.
A truly bountiful tech-resource harvest for Chicagoland's libraries this season!