When Marianne and I saw Joe Janes give his keynote at Internet Librarian, we looked at each other and said, “Do you think we could get him to come talk to SUNY?” We both felt like his message and his approach would be well-received and important for our colleagues to hear. So we asked. And he, it turned out, could not come — graduation is this weekend, and he needs to be there. But what he was willing to do, thanks to Marianne’s brilliant idea, was a presentation via Internet2. This is exactly why we have Internet2, and, as it turned out, it was awesome. He even took questions, with a camera so he could see who was talking to him.
For a change, I just sat and listened, not blogging, just observing. It was a nice change of pace, and Joe’s talk and message were on point and interesting. Joe talked eloquently and with a hefty dose of humor about the future of the information environment, the role of libraries in that environment, and what we should, can, and must do as we move forward. It was great. Thanks, Joe, both for talking to us and for rolling with our unusual circumstances. Technology for the win!