CIL Canada '91

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CIL Canada '91


Flower, Eric, Computers in Libraries


CIL Canada '91

Those of us involved in planning Computers in Libraries Canada '91 (Toronto, October 23-25, 1991) worried about the effects of the Canadian postal dispute right up to opening day. But even as critical mailings were delayed, resourceful librarians registered by phone, fax, and e-mail. In fact, they registered in greater numbers than last year. CIL Canada '91 finished up with 850 registrants and exhibition hall visitors, 70 speakers, and 60 exhibitors.

The Program

First day (Wednesday) pre-conference short courses were offered in online searching, library use of the Macintosh computer, networking of CD-ROMs, design and development of in-house databases, and the selection, implementation, and expansion of local area networks.

Day 1 regular sessions offered a female perspective on information technology and career development, a discussion on public access to technology, and an introductory course in microcomputer hardware and software maintenance.

Day 2 (Thursday) had tracks on technology for school and special libraries. School librarians heard about the latest in laser videodisc technology, computer networking, Macintosh software, online and CD-ROM searching, automated catalogs, and the implications of the smart library in the schools.

Professionals from special, corporate, and medical libraries listened to presentations on improving online searching techniques, online ethics and malpractice, evaluation of database quality, acquisitions and serials management, In Magic applications, automation in libraries, records centers, archives, and special collections, and visions for the future.

Elsewhere on Day 2, we heard about a revolution in electronic serial publishing made possible by access to noncommercial networks such as Bitnet and the Internet, commercial publishing over the Internet, databases available on the Internet, Hytelnet Internet access software, and Windows 3.0.

Friday (Day 3) began with morning sessions on CD-ROM selection and integration, Computer Mediated Communications (CMC), and resource sharing in Canada and across the border. The CD-ROM and CMC sessions continued into the afternoon. The conference closed with an old-fashioned vendor shoot-out where integrated online systems exhibitors showed their products to best advantage.

Several of the presentations mentioned above will be revised for publication in upcoming issues of Computers in Libraries. No doubt these articles will be as well received as the original conference talks.

CIL Canada '91 session coordinators are to be congratulated for their fine work preparing the program. CIL Canada '92 will be held in Toronto on October 19-21, 1992, so mark your calendar now.

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