On the Road
Where in the World
By Nancy Garman
Fall 2004 offers lots of conference
choices for info pros and librarians. Or if you fancy Paris in June, you can
attend a conference there too. One size doesn't fit all, so here's the scoop
about what's on the calendar. You can consider what fits your interests and
budget and decide whether to travel to Paris; London; Monterey, Calif.; or
If you're a Francophile or have a major interest in Web design and usability,
consider attending Information Architecture (featuring Peter Morville) June
8—9 in Paris. This event is an intensive 2-day seminar on creating and
managing usable, shared, and structured information environments or Web sites.
Information Architecture is held in conjunction with i-expo, a French event
that's geared to information professionals and librarians. It features a large
exhibit hall filled with European vendors and products.
Internet Librarian International
If you miss Information Architecture, you can still get your international
fix by attending the 6th Internet Librarian International, which will be held
Oct. 11—12 in London. Last year, this conference was held in Birmingham,
U.K., and attracted several hundred international info pros and librarians.
This year, we're anticipating packed conference rooms.
Although planning is just getting underway, we've already booked the Iraq
National Library's newly appointed director general to deliver the opening
keynote on international reconstruction efforts in his country. Danny Sullivan
from SearchEngineWatch.com will be the second keynote speaker. Keeping with
the theme "Access, Architecture & Action: Strategies for the New Digital
World," we have plans for a special forum on open access, plus tracks on Web
search skills, enterprise content management, digital libraries and resources,
and electronic content issues. The call-for-speakers deadline has passed, but
the form is still on the Web if you have a suggestion
From Search to Research
"Oppo research" (i.e., investigating the opposition) is front and center during
this presidential election year. WebSearch University (WSU), which will be
held Sept. 27—28 in Washington, D.C., doesn't offer special courses for
political operatives, but you can bet that expert search skills like those
taught at WSU are in high demand by election campaign strategists. WebSearch
University's curriculum-based agenda allows attendees to update their search
know-how and learn from world-class experts.
Along with the format, the faculty sets WebSearch University apart and makes
it a unique event. You may hear some of these speakers at other conferences,
but at WebSearch University they'll be together and in top form. Tara Calishain
and Genie Tyburski are the newest additions to the faculty roster. They join
Mary Ellen Bates, Gary Price, Greg Notess, Ran Hock, Chris Sherman, and Marydee
KMWorld & Intranets 2004
Hot topics such as enterprise content management and integration, search,
collaboration, and e-learning will be on the front burner for KMWorld & Intranets
2004, scheduled for Oct. 26—28 in Santa Clara, Calif. As KM goes mainstream,
many organizations are still trying to get a handle on how to harness disparate
information sources and human intellectual capital to effectively streamline
business processes and increase productivity. According to program chair Jane
Dysart and KMWorld editor Hugh McKellar, the conference "goes practical" this
year as sessions concentrate on hands-on advice and real-world experience and
speakers discuss solutions that businesspeople can use immediately in their
Look for a repeat of popular features like last year's special Content Management
track and Monday evening Web Slam, which showcased live, working intranets.
In addition, there will be new features, including a special track with analysts
from Gartner Group.
Info Pros in Monterey
Internet Librarian returns to hands-down favorite conference location Monterey,
Calif., Nov. 15—17. Attendees can enjoy seafood eating, sea-lion watching,
and strolling on Fisherman's Wharf between conference sessions. This year's
theme is "Starring Info Pros in Content, Context & Community."
Program chair Jane Dysart and her advisory committee are looking for information
industry stars (that could be you) who are organizing and managing digital
content in creative ways; setting the context for excellence in their organizations'
information utilization; building strong, collaborative communities using new
technologies; or setting innovative goals in organizing and managing information
At Internet Librarian 2003, blogs were hot and widely discussed by speakers
and attendees. By the time we meet in Monterey this November, the presidential
election will be over and something else (social networking, perhaps?) will
have grabbed our fancy.
Those Who Can, Teach
Information professionals sometimes take the role of teachers as they lead
others through information thickets, dropping bread crumbs along the way and
establishing road maps for others to follow. School media-center specialists
and technology coordinators are a special breed, as they often teach the teachers
as well as their students.
Internet@Schools West, which runs Nov. 15—16 in conjunction with Internet
Librarian, is especially focused on technology for K-12 media and technology
specialists. David Hoffman, editor of Multimedia & Internet@Schools magazine,
is developing a practical program that offers attendees lots of ideas they
can put to use in their schools as well as some inspiration and encouragement.
Maybe you can pass along a note about this conference to the media specialist
at your child's school?
Share Your Experiences
We're rarely willing to showcase a project gone bad, but imagine how much
your conference colleagues could learn from your mistakes. Better still, think
about what you've been doing in the past year and consider sharing what you've
learned: what did and didn't work, how you might do it better, or your plans
for future development. If you have a special area of expertise, why not offer
to share your insights at an upcoming conference?
Since we're in the fall program-planning process right now, the deadlines
for proposals are past. Take a look at the conference Web sites, though, since
the proposal forms may still be posted. Or send an e-mail to me or the conference
chair. Working librarians are the foundation of our conference programs, and
we're constantly looking for bright new stars in the info pro galaxy.
Garman is Information Today, Inc.'s director of conference
program planning. Her e-mail address is email@example.com.