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General > Suggestions for Next Year's Convention

This is the FIRST virtual convention for collectors. We're all figuring it out as we go, so if you've got ideas or suggestions for next year please tell us! Just add a comment with your thoughts.

To start, I think we should have a couple of contests at next years convention. Jen has suggested a Battle of the Bookmarks and she can tell us all about it. Any other contest suggestions?

February 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterAlan

Oh boy do we need a better file submission tool. Submitting images using the current tool is a chore, and there isn't an easy way to add comments to the images.

February 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterAlan

You've said it there, Alan - I definitely agree with you. I tried submitting an image yesterday for the food gallery, and after I'd uploaded it disappeared without trace, so I didn't risk any more. On the other hand, do I know enough about internet working to suggest something better? No, I don't!
But there are bound to be things we learn as we go along, and it's still a great concept and worth doing. Even if I'm not submitting images, I'm enjoying looking at those successfully in place.

February 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia

If anyone has images they want to upload and can't or had trouble with, send them to me, preferably as JPGs. You can use this address: lauren [dot] roberts [at] bibliobuffet [dot] net

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February 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterLauren

How about someone talking about taking photos of bookmarks? I'm not very skillful at taking photos. Contests are a great idea only I'd limit it to your most (and only one) favorite bookmark? (I have mine ready!) Barbara

February 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterBarbara Kretzmann

How about sessions on particular types of bookmarks (i.e. die cuts or silks) or certain manufacturers (i.e. Whitehead & Hoag, Prang)? Or a session on pagemarkers? Or one on sets?

February 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterLois Densky-Wolff

I love both ideas, Barbara and Lois.

We'd love to see you become a presenter next year, Lois. Your expertise is wonderful.

February 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterLauren

Would there be a way to have the trade show/vendor areas more interactive? Perhaps a session, or a slide show folks could flip-thru while just hanging out in the chat or something? The has incredible stuff, and I'd hate for it to be missed!

February 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterDeanna Dahlsad

Thoroughly enjoying the sessions! I would suggest having short breaks between the sessions. I didn't plan this well ( would have had lunch, etc. ready so I didn't have to move!)

February 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterSue (Canada)

Another topic I'd like to see is a session on bookmark ephemera -- something else I collect.

February 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterLois Densky-Wolff

I just found out about this convention, two days too late. It would be nice to make archives of the presentations available to the general public, eventually.

When it comes to next year's convention, it might be a good idea to advertise it well ahead of time on all of the major librarian mailing lists. A lot of us collect bookmarks, officially or not.

- Jesse

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

Jesse, Yes!

Sorry you missed it, but you are right; the convention needs to be promoted more broadly through librarian and museum listservs, a facebook page and social media. There is now a TWITTER site for the convention... http:/
become a follower and stay turned!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin