Librarians with Giant Calculators
  • anne beaumont 10y

    Phones, ipods, everything else is getting smaller - how come all these people have giant calculators? Were they a giveaway at IL05?
  • prettydaisies 10y

    The calculator was the Speaker Gift this year. Shiny.

    I Noted as many as I knew... it's like a librarian Hollywood Squares! :D
  • Fiona Bradley 10y

    That's a great speaker gift. Solar powered? Delicious.

    Speaker gifts say a lot about a conference. I have to come up with a gift for a conference I'm organising. It's hard.
  • n0nnahs 10y

    That seems like a strange speaker gift - I don't know why. My IL03 speaker gift (stainless steel travel mug) got lost in the shuffle. I drank from it with pride.
  • Liz Lawley 10y

    It is a strange speaker gift, and this meme is the best use for it I can imagine. :)
  • prettydaisies 10y

    It's funny that we got these gigantor calculators, when most of us have calculators built in to our smart phones and PDAs. Curious.

    I can imagine how conference gifts would be hard to pick out. I'd say go with consumables. Gift cards for free coffee, or bubble tea, or something like that. Besides, how many canvas bags, baseball caps, and travel mugs do we all need?
  • Liz Lawley 10y

    Interestingly enough, my 9-year-old was totally thrilled with the gigantic calculator, so it served a useful purpose for me. :)

    Best conference gift I've gotten in years is a nice ballpoint pen with a USB thumb drive hidden inside of it. I love it, and take it everywhere with me. (It was a Microsoft Faculty Summit takeaway; Here's an example.)

    That particular option might be a little pricey for a library conference, but there are other thumb drive options that are both cool and less expensive.
  • prettydaisies 10y

    You know, I thought about thumb drives, but I figured everyone has one by now, and most of the party favor jump drives come in the smaller MB variety.

    How about cool looking Zippos? If if you aren't a smoker, they make you look cool, and, well, librarians should look *cool*. ;)
  • Fiona Bradley 10y

    LOL, Andrea. Unfortunately Zippos are very pricy :/

    I got a speaker gift last year that had "warning - do not carry on in-flight luggage - sharp objects" I freaked out, but it turned out to be a very cool travel cutlery set, which I've now used all over the world.

    Maybe I should give Rubik's Cubes.
  • Michael Stephens 9y

    Rock On Giant Calculator!
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