Large Association Conferences on the Horizon

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Large Association Conferences on the Horizon


Hawkins, Donald T., Information Today


In June, schools in the northern hemisphere close for the summer holidays, and people start planning or taking vacations. However, in the information industry, several major association annual meetings are held in June, including the SLA conference from June 3 to 7 in Denver. Here are a few others:

* The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) will hold its 29th annual meeting from June 6 to 8 in San Francisco (www.sspnet.org/ Events/Meetings_and_Seminars/spage.aspx). Web 2.0 systems are currently popular, and SSP has joined the trend by calling its meeting Imagining the Future: Scholarly Communication 2.0. The meeting will be keynoted by Larry Sanger, founder of Citizendium, which, according to its Web site (www.citizendium.org), is a "citizens' compendium of everything." (It differs from Wikipedia by adding "gentle expert oversight" and requiring contributors to use their real names.) Other plenary speakers at the SSP meeting will include Paul Duguid, professor at the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley, who will speak on Beyond the Page: Questions of Quality; David Worlock, special luncheon speaker, whose topic is 2020: A Vision of the Next New Age of Scholarly Communication; and Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, who will close the conference with a plenary address on Universal Access to Human Knowledge (Or Public Access to Digital Materials). Several preconference seminars will provide in-depth treatments of this year's hot topics.

* The Classification Society of North America (CSNA) will meet in Urbana, Ill., June 7-10 for its annual meeting (www.classification-society.org/csna/csna07 .html). The keynote speaker will be Michael J. Kurtz of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, who will describe the Astronomical Information Network. Much of the program will deal with highly technical subjects, but a number of presentations will pertain to information professionals.

* The annual meeting of the Association of Christian Librarians (www.acl.org/conference.cfm) will be held June 11-14 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Its theme is Riding the Rapids of Change, which is particularly appropriate with all of the changes and upheavals in the information industry. Keynote speaker Randy Dykhuis, executive director of the Michigan Library Consortium, will discuss changes in the library community and how to face them.

* IATUL (the International Association of Technological University Libraries) will meet June 11-14 in Stockholm, Sweden, for its 28th annual conference. This year's theme is Global Access to Science: Scientific Publishing for the Future (www.lib.kth.se/iatul2007/ program.asp). Besides nine plenary talks, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions, the program features a daylong visit to a nearby university and its libraries, providing a look at the practical applications of some conference presentations.

* Knowledge representation, classification, ontologies, and the semantic Web are among the topics of the North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO) Conference, which will be held June 14-15 in Toronto (www.slais.ubc .ca/users/iskona/events.html). The NASKO Conference is sponsored by the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), the leading international society for the organization of knowledge.

* The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) will hold its annual meeting June 14-17 in Minneapolis (http://aaupnet.org/programs/annual meeting/index.html). The presentations focus on the current endangered status of university presses, the role of the university press in today's online environment, and how that role is likely to change in the future.

* The Swedish Association for Information Specialists is hosting the 13th Nordic Conference on Information and Documentation (Nordl&D) from June 18 to 19 in Stockholm (http://nordiod2007.sfis.nu/site/298/default .aspx). This conference has a number of intriguing presentation titles, including Why Not Let the Users Run the Library? …

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