Magazine article Information Today

On the Road. (Conference Circuit)

Magazine article Information Today

On the Road. (Conference Circuit)

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Planning is already underway for Information Today, Inc.'s (ITI) fall conferences: Internet Librarian and KMWorld & Intranets. Internet Librarian will be held Nov. 3-5 in Monterey, Calif. Please consider joining us as a speaker by submitting a proposal for a presentation (http"//www.infotoday.com/il2003). We're also putting the finishing touches on the KMWorld & Intranets programs this month. In an upcoming column, I'll tell you more about how the program-planning process works. Hint: It's a jigsaw puzzle of gigantic proportions.

Now it's April and springtime in New York. That means it's time to think seriously about registering for InfoToday 2003, which will be held May 6-8. The discount ends April 11.

Why InfoToday? What makes it different from other industry conferences? An important question, especially since InfoToday will be held just a few weeks earlier than SLA's Annual Conference (which is also in New York this year). This column includes my insider's top-10 reasons why InfoToday is worth the money and why it makes sense to attend the event even if you also plan to go to SLA in June.

The New, Improved InfoToday

If you haven't been to InfoToday (the old National Online Meeting) in the last few years, take a close look at the "new and improved" conference as it has evolved under the direction of Dick Kaser, ITI's vice president of content. The National Online Meeting used to be packed with dry papers on narrow topics, and the program often played second fiddle to the wheeling, dealing, and meetings going on in the exhibit hall, coffee shop, and elsewhere. Now, after 2 years of careful development, InfoToday stands on its own as a practical, focused conference for info pros, librarians, and library managers.

The Top-10 Reasons to Attend InfoToday

1. Three conferences in one event--InfoToday comprises three conferences: National Online, KnowledgeNets, and E-Libraries. You'd have to travel to several separate events to get the depth and variety you'll find at InfoToday. Expert searcher and ONLINE editor Marydee Ojala organizes National Online, Jane Dysart heads up KnowledgeNets, and Pamela Cibbarelli and Deb Wiley co-chair E-Libraries. You can attend the conference that meets your needs or create a personalized conference agenda by buying a Gold or Platinum Pass that lets you attend sessions at all three events.

2. Focus, cohesion, organization--The organized and collaborative program-planning effort delivers six conference tracks that offer an integrated learning experience. InfoToday is not a smorgasbord--it provides a carefully thought-out program in which sessions, tracks, and topics complement each other and are designed to build a comprehensive agenda.

3. Digital Libraries--An entire 3-day track of E-Libraries concentrates on everything you need to know about digital libraries, including collections, design, taxonomies, digital rights issues, and management. If you're working on a digital library project or are about to get started on one, don't miss this track.

4. KnowledgeNets--If you can't get to KMWorld in the fall or need to know more about knowledge management strategies, tools, and practices now, the KnowledgeNets conference is right for you. …

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