But E-readers and E-books aren't the only differences in technology. The internet, which used to be a distant frontier, is now a huge part of our lives, with such Web 2.0 Social Media applications as blogs, twitter, facebook, Flickr, wikis, mashups and folksonomies.
The recent library conference was all about the NOW, as well as the future, with a wonderful pre-conference presentation by Joan Frye Williams, futurist and Information Technology Consultant.
Also fantastic was one of the luncheon Keynoters, Anthony Doerr, Idaho author of The Memory Wall. He gave an outstanding talk on the importance of libraries.
There were plenty of programs for Youth Services librarians, from speakers who book-talked current YA bestsellers and YA Award nominated books, to speakers who taught storytelling--with or without puppets.
One of the more intriguing talks was on how to use technology tools to promote your library. Many of these, I realized, could also be used to dress up one's blog. So here they are, and I hope you have fun playing with them. They're all free.
Blabberize. With Blabberize, you can create a short movie clip.
Animoto. With Animoto, you can create a really nice Book Trailer for your book.
Voki. With Voki, you can create customized avatars, add your voice to them, and post them to your blog or website.
With Go!Animate, you can create a cute skit.
With Wordle, you can create tag clouds. It's interesting to put a huge chunk of your manuscript into it, and see which words come out biggest (most often used).
Tagxedo is a tag cloud app, like Wordle, but you can create the cloud in different shapes.
You can also Spell with Flickr.
If you know of other fun apps, let's share!