Magazine article Information Today

Conferences in Full Bloom

Magazine article Information Today

Conferences in Full Bloom

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Like spring flowers in May, the information industry conference season is now in full bloom. Many professional societies customarily meet in May, and this year is no exception. About 20 society meetings are on the calendar. Seven book fairs are also scheduled as well as two state library association meetings. With all the other subject-oriented conferences, May is shaping up to be quite a busy month.

Information Today, Inc.'s two major spring conferences will take place May 20-21 in New York. This year's Enterprise Search Summit (ESS; http://conferences.infotoday .com/documents/44/ess2008_advanceprogram.pdf) is titled Solving Your Findability Dilemma. It focuses on search as not just an application but as a major platform in large organizations. Martin White, a well-known authority on searching and intranets, will open the conference with a keynote on Making Search Work; Susan Feldman, a longtime expert on the search industry, will moderate a keynote panel titled Take a 30,000-Foot View of Enterprise Search Implementation.

The Streaming Media East ( east/program) conference is co-located with ESS during the same dates. Keynoter George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer at NBC Universal, will discuss NBC Universal's multiplatform online video strategy. The second-day keynote will be presented by Caleb Silver, executive producer for video at He will be speaking on The Money Story: Bringing Business News and Lifestyle Programming to the Web. One panel will address the currently popular topic of young people's attitudes toward online video. High school and college students will discuss their favorite video content, where they get it, their attitudes toward pay versus free video content, and related topics.

Society Conferences

For a list of the society conferences being held in May and early June, see chart on facing page.

Here are some noteworthy events from the conferences listed in the chart:

* The MLA annual meeting will be keynoted by Andrew Zolli, a futurist for publications, including National Geographic, Popular Science, and American Demographics. He will apply his expertise to health information.

* SIIA's annual CODiE Awards Gala combines two concurrent conferences: NetGain (www.siia .net/netgain/2008) and EdTech Industry Summit ( etis/2008). The CODiE Awards recognize excellence in software and information products, and the gala is a major event on the industry calendar. Contestants for the awards are judged by representatives from the trade press and SIIA member companies, which, according to SIIA's website, "makes the CODiE Awards the only peer-reviewed awards program of its kind."

* The keynote speaker at the SSP conference will be Alex Wright, information architect at The New York Times and author of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages. He will speak on The Deep History of the Information Age. Other plenary speakers are Patty Maes, noted artificial intelligence researcher at the MIT Media Lab, and Adrian Johns, professor of history at the University of Chicago. Maes will speak on Just-in time Information; Johns will speak on The Authenticity Engine.

* At the WAN conference, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will welcome attendees.

* The ACURIL conference is titled E-Librarian: Ideas, Innovation and Inspiration, with keynoter Stephen Abram, president of SLA.

* At the NASIG conference, three preconference tutorials will focus on Metadata in a Digital Age, 101 Things Non-catalogers Should Know About Serials, and Managing with Integrity. Other relevant topics on the main program include journal publishing costs, institutional repositories, claiming in a digital world, ebooks versus print, and e-resource management.

Other Specialized Conferences

If you are interested in ebooks and related subjects, the Digital Book 2008 meeting on May 14 in New York (www . …

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