Magazine article Information Today

On the Road. (Conference Circuit)

Magazine article Information Today

On the Road. (Conference Circuit)

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As you read this issue of Information Today, you may be about to leave for the Computers in Libraries conference in Washington, D.C. Or you may have the preliminary program for May's InfoToday meeting on your desk. You should definitely attend at least one of these well-rounded events to stay current with our rapidly changing information world.

Practical Take-Home Learning

Part of the fun of being involved in the conference-planning process is seeing the proposals and papers and knowing in advance what's in store for attendees. Here are some of my personal notes on standout sessions and tracks that will be featured this month at Computers in Libraries 2003.

The entire program for Computers in Libraries seems especially practical this year, particularly for the many attendees who are dealing with tight budgets and shortfalls in funding. The "Google-buster" tips promised in Gary Price's and Chris Sherman's session "Google Intensive: Power Searching & Beyond" are quite timely, since a new HotBot and revitalized AltaVista are on the scene. For other good advice, searchers and reference specialists should attend sessions like Mary Ellen Bates' "30 Search Tips in 40 Minutes" and Greg Notess' "Search Engine Update."

If your library is considering going wireless, coping with security issues, or creating a Web site, Computers in Libraries has several dedicated sessions that offer specific examples, suggestions, case studies, advice, and instruction. You can find out whether an intranet or portal should be part of your library's future-and learn how to implement such a service-by attending "Ten Steps to Excellent Intranets," a session led by intranet expert Howard McQueen. Electronic resources are definitely part of our future, and the Virtual Services and E-Resources tracks feature good, practical speakers and advice.

One don't-miss event at Computers in Libraries is fondly known as the "dead technology" session, an evening panel led by Computers in Libraries columnist D. Scott Brandt. In this session, formally titled "Technology & Knowledge Forum: A Look at Dead & Emerging Technologies," Brandt will lead fellow Computers in Libraries columnists Michael Schuyler and Andrew K. Pace, along with Darlene Fichter and StevenAbram, in a raging discussion that both praises and condemns current and emerging technologies.

The Content Marketplace

As a hands-on librarian or information professional, you're part of the content marketplace. Actually, most of us were information consumers long before content became king during the dot-coin era. Buying & Selling eContent is Information Today, Inc.'s high-profile, executive-level conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz., each spring in partnership with Outsell, Inc.

This event reflects the content market and brings together top-level executives and information professionals who acquire and deploy content in some of the world's largest corporations. At Buying & Selling eContent, major buyers have opportunities (in personal discussions and at the podium) to tell it like it is to solutions vendors and content creators.

This year's conference features sessions such as "Where and How Corporate Buying Happens." Also speaking will be info pros like Lois Remeikis of Booz Allen Hamilton, Cindy Hill of Sun, Pamela Clark of AIG, and others who will talk about the leading-edge functions within their organizations. …

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