To answer Karen's question,  the annual meeting of the coordinators has never been virtual, but in its real time iteration it has always been less of a conference and more like a day-long committee meeting of coordinators and LOC.  There used to be some presentations by those whose programs LOC was sponsoring (Letters about Literature, River of Words, e.g.,) and sometimes there were presentations by others.  One year several programs of LOC did a series of presentations, then had table talks, about their services.  But those were not the norm.

We have tried over the past number of years (getting to be quite a few now!) to change the meeting from a show-and-tell about individual programs that may (or often may not, owing to the diversity of our funding structures and other programming bodies on our home turf) have currency in other states.  

Instead, we tried to shift to a priority-setting discussion so as to create more cohesion among the centers and develop synergies.  Some of that focus has fallen by the wayside in the past couple of years as LOC has been in transition, but I would hope we can begin to pick up the pieces and start to plan for a united/group future for the network.  

As for the software, Guy, what was the software you used last year to connect those who were not in DC to the meeting?  Wasn't it WebX?  Do you have the capacity to run a meeting remotely using something like that?  If so, great.  If not, would you be OK with one of the state centers setting up and recording the meeting using a software they have in their state library/humanities council/other org?  

I don't think Skype is a great tool -- low audio and visual quality/not easy to screen share -- but others' mileage may vary on that.  


Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director
Mass Center for the Book 
617.872.3718 (office)

On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 4:24 PM Karen Oconnell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi All,


I think the underlying question for me is this; is the Idea Exchange more like a conference than a regular meeting? If so, then virtual conference technology – inclusive of virtual networking – would likely be a better substitute for meeting in person than technology more typically used for conference calls.


All the best,




Karen O’Connell

Coordinator of the Arkansas Center for the Book

Arkansas State Library


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Can we use  Skype?


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I can offer gotomeeting if Zoom is off limits for LOC.  




Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director

Mass Center for the Book 

617.872.3718 (office)



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Maybe not relevant to our meetings, but something to consider re Zoom …




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The best technology is simple to use. There&apos;s a dark side to that.


Zoom is easy. That’s why it’s dangerous.


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The technology we love is easy to use. Paying the babysitter on Venmo, sharing a puppy video on Facebook or buying a novel on Amazon is a breeze.


Most of the time, this is good. But as the security concerns swirling around Zoom show, there’s a dark side to making it easy to buy, share and use.


The same qualities that let musicians go live on Facebook to entertain us also let a terrorist in New Zealand broadcast mass murder at the touch of a button. One-click ordering from Amazon is great — until your kid orders stuff without you knowing.


Ease of use is also a root cause of “Zoombombing” — harassment through the suddenly popular video-calling app.


Just about anyone has been able to join a Zoom call with one click. It’s simple, the call quality is good and the need to be with others has been so great that Zoom has become a staple of pandemic life.


But those same qualities have made it easy for trolls to use the platform to invade alcohol recovery meetings and shout slurs during online lectures.


People can change their settings to make it less likely they will be harassed, but few people do and they’re not to blame. The company didn’t focus on security and other dangers when it should have. Zoombombing is now a consequence of the company’s deliberate choices to make video calling a breeze.




People who work on technology products obsess about removing anything that slows us down. “Friction” is bad. As was the case for other companies that decided to make things as easy as possible, Zoom’s ease was good until it wasn’t.


Now that we’re living more through screens, we need a little friction — even if it’s annoying.


Requiring everyone to enter a password before joining a Zoom meeting, or making a teacher approve 30 students sharing their homework with a virtual class is a pain. It’s also protection against Zoom-crashing harassers, and it’s good that the company is moving in this direction. Zoom said it’s now focusing more on its security and re-evaluating the balance between security and ease of use.


Adding a little friction to WhatsApp last year helped slow the kind of mob rumors that were deadly in India. To tamp down on coronavirus misinformation, the Facebook-owned chat app this week further tightened rules to allow people to pass on frequently forwarded messages to only one other person or group at a time. Previously the limit was five.





Adding friction is not a cure-all. Bad people will find other ways to spread hate. But now that Zoom has failed to protect our privacy, “we shouldn’t just continue to use its product,” my colleague Brian X. Chen wrote, “just because it works well and is simple to use.” (Brian has a list of protective steps you can take if you need to use Zoom, and he suggests alternatives such as FaceTime and Webex.)


I’m not saying everything in life should be harder. I want to flip open Netflix instead of hunting through 10 menus on my television set. But when there are stark consequences to easy, making things a little more annoying makes life better for all of us.


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Don’t try the hummus


My quarantine life has a telltale sound: The knock-knock-knock that nags me about incoming messages in Slack, the chat app I use with my colleagues to talk about work — and dumb things on the internet.





Being cooped up with my pinging screens has made me curious about the back story of this notification tone. Don’t judge me.


What I hear is Slack’s standard incoming message sound called “Knock Brush,” a company representative told me. It was created by Danny Simmons, a musician friend of Slack’s chief executive, Stewart Butterfield. Like almost all the sound effects in Slack, the Knock Brush originally appeared in Glitch, a failed video game from Butterfield and others that morphed into today’s Slack.


And here’s something for the Slackers out there to try: You can change the incoming message tone to the sound of a longtime Slack employee named Anna saying “hummus” in her British accent. I tried this and found it distracting. (Sorry, Anna!) You can also turn the sounds off entirely.



Before we go …


  • It took a pandemic to make the phone call cool: Verizon’s average number of weekday mobile phone calls are more than double the typical peak it sees on Mother’s Day, the Times reporter Cecilia Kang wrote. We’re talking to each other for longer than usual, too.
  • Think twice before following advice from doctors on YouTube. “He’s treating handling your groceries like doing open-heart surgery,” one biologist told Bloomberg News about a family physician’s cereal box disinfectant video. It’s tricky for YouTube to weed out both intentionally harmful coronavirus hoaxes and honest mistakes.
  • This moment was made for “Sweatin’ to the Oldies”: For those of us stuck inside and slumped in our sofas, maybe try a vintage workout video — many now online! — from Cindy Crawford, Cher (?!?!?) and other home exercise honchos from the VHS era.


Hugs to this


PUPPIES! The Atlanta Humane Society took some very good dogs on a tour of the Georgia Aquarium, which has been closed to the public.



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