Magazine article Information Today

One Busy Month

Magazine article Information Today

One Busy Month

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April will be a busy month for information industry professionals who will be attending conferences. In the ITI Conference Calendar (, there are more than 66 conferences starting in April. The busiest parts of April are the second and third weeks, with more than 41 conferences. So this month's column focuses mainly on those 2 weeks (and everything in them), but first, here is some news about ITI's upcoming conferences.

* The popular ITI blog will be in operation again at the Computers in Libraries conference, but this time, there's a new platform (WordPress). Check out its new look at

* The spring 2007 WebSearch University ( will be held April 30-May 1 in Philadelphia. Now in its eighth year, WebSearch U lets Internet researchers take search to the next level, honing their skills and refreshing their search competencies. Check the site for program information and more details about the speakers.

Book Fairs

During April, book fairs will be taking place around the globe: London; Budapest, Hungary; Bologna, Italy; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Geneva; Tehran, Iran; Linz, Austria; and Prague, Czech Republic. The London Book Fair (LBF) held April 16-18 (, which bills itself as "the world's leading spring publishing event," is probably the largest and best known. LBF's claim is certainly not without merit; the exhibitor list is extensive, and the fair has been moved to Earls Court, a major London conference venue, to accommodate the crowds. For details on the book fairs, consult their individual Web sites, which are listed on the ITI Conference Calendar.

Society Meetings

Several state library associations (see Chart 1) are scheduling their meetings in April and early May. As I discussed in my April 2006 column, state library association conferences can provide valuable opportunities for education and networking, especially for those who can't attend the large national conferences.

The UK Serials Group (UKSG) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year; this milestone will be commemorated at the UKSG annual meeting, which is scheduled for April 16 to 18 at the University of Warwick in the U.K. ( The meeting features six plenary sessions (none are scheduled concurrently) along with 30 workshops and briefing sessions (which run concurrently with the plenary sessions).

The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP), a popular organization with an active membership, will meet from April 18 to 22 in Minneapolis. This year's theme is Conceptualizing Competitive Advantages: Strategic Directions for Information Businesses. AIIP often takes an advocacy role for its members including services such as negotiating discounted rates with vendors and sponsoring workshops and tutorials on appropriate subjects. But because most AIIP members are independent, small-business proprietors, many sessions at this annual meeting deal with business operations (i.e., interacting with customers, lead generation, marketing, or negotiating techniques).

Since AIIP members are frequently engaged in competitive intelligence, a related organization focuses on the interests of such professionals. The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP; will meet April 30-May 3 in New York City. The SCIP keynote speaker will be James Surowiecki, financial columnist for The New Yorker and author of the new book The Wisdom of Crowds. SCIP attendees will have access to a lineup of 70 presentations, plus 22 pre- and post-conference workshops.

The AIIM Conference & Exhibition (AIIMexpo;, which will be held April 16-19 in Boston, is a major conference for information managers. Organized by the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), the conference includes a wide spectrum of topics for information professionals, such as taxonomies, search engines, records management, publishing, and content management. …

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