The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians 
March 13-15, 2002 • Washington Hilton & Towers • Washington, DC 
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Workshop 11
Information Audit: A Strategic Tool
FULL DAY — 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones Associates 
Bonnie Burwell, Burwell Information Services 
The information audit is a critical first step in any needs assessment or knowledge management initiative. The purpose of any audit is to determine what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s in place and what’s missing. A successful information audit will provide these answers, plus address questions about an organization’s information processes and be the basis for information and knowledge strategies and objectives. This full-day workshop focuses on providing participants with: 
  • An understanding of the scope and critical issues in an information audit 
  • The role of an audit within an organizational context 
  • The steps entailed in an information audit 
  • A framework to begin designing specific audit instruments for use in their own organizations
Workshop 12
Intranet Taxonomies and Metadata: Creating Them, Using Them
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.FULL DAY 
Marjorie Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc. 
Putting content on the Internet with a flexible, effective and easy-to-use interface requires a strong metadata set and accompanying taxonomy or taxonomies. Metadata and taxonomies are the two major components that allow for quick, easy navigation and excellent search results, and when they are linked to well-formed data, create the basis of successful sites. Several standards are in the process of being set, and many techniques have evolved to help achieve these goals. Learn about the Dublin Core Metadata, the INDECS data dictionary, the EPICS project, the latest BISAC initiatives, the RDF from W3C, and other metadata projects that can be used in your own Internet or intranet development projects. Taxonomy management deals with the core concern of content developers and disseminators — how to quickly convey meaning of a record or document so that it can be found precisely and accurately. Ambiguity is the ever-present enemy of clarity. Thesaurus (taxonomy) design and control provide tools and techniques for disambiguation. As a designer and developer of databases for over 20 years, the presenter discusses techniques for building and managing vocabularies and metadata and defines the various types of word control, including rules for distinguishing among different word control formats. Hlava also demonstrates an XML RDF solution for text management as an example of how these new standards can work together for an effective outcome.
Workshop 13
Professional Web Authoring with XHTML and CSS 
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Roy Tennant, Web & Services Design Manager, E-Scholarship, California Digital Library
This half day workshop looks at the next logical step for Web-savvy folks on their journey to using XML.  It provides a thorough grounding in XTHML tagging practices and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) so that attendees can immediately gain the advantages of separating structure from format, while providing a foundation for using XML in the future.  The workshop is filled with examples, practical tips, and resources for launching you on your way to the future of the Web with a minimum of effort.
Workshop 14
Setting Up Shop: Are You Consultant Material?
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ulla de Stricker, President, deStricker Associates
This half-day workshop guides attendees through a systematic battery of questions intended to clarify the pros and cons and the “what does it take” associated with setting up an independent consulting practice. In today’s economy, many organizations see an advantage in hiring “Just-In- Time expertise” ... but can you sustain an income supplying it? As a result of being approached frequently to comment on setting up and managing a consulting practice, de Stricker developed this workshop as a tool for self- and risk-assessment. Rather than a how-to (no two practices are alike), it is intended as food-for-thought-before-you-jump-in and includes a copy of her forthcoming primer on the topic.
Workshop 15
The Extreme Searcher’s Web Finding Tools: Choosing and Using the Right One 
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Randolph Hock, Online Strategies, Author of The Extreme Searcher’s Guide to Web Search Engines
Web search engines, Web directories, metasites — all are useful tools for finding the right sites efficiently and effectively. For any question though, one tool may be much more appropriate than another. In this workshop we’ll look at which to use when, and the relative strengths, weaknesses and applications of each category of tool. Each of the major directories and search engines will likewise be examined in terms of strengths, weaknesses, and unique applications. As for metasites, we’ll see why this category of tool needs more recognition and how to easily locate the best metasites in any area. The emphasis of the workshop will be on practical applications and on that knowledge which will enable attendees to most effectively and efficiently find the answers they need.
Workshop 16
Benchmarking Technical Solutions for Libraries
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Nancy Melin Nelson, Library Director, Berkeley College
John A. Richardson, President, einfo Dynamics LLC
Managing a library’s computing infrastructure is a tough task. This workshop provides examples of technical solutions for minimizing administration, minimizing vulnerability, maximizing accessibility and user friendliness as well as security. Find out what library systems professionals are doing in the area of wireless, CD-ROM networking, security for public access workstations, disaster recovery, instructional room/lab setups, electronic reserves, authentication solutions, data handling, printing/copying control solutions, Internet filtering/monitoring and more. This half-day workshop provides practical alternatives to a host of technical issues and includes time for participants to exchange information on specific problems and solutions. It also covers library trends that raise technical concerns and technology trends, as well as policy, organizational and administrative concerns of library systems staff. Find out which solutions are out there and how they really work.
Workshop 17
Grant Writing for Technology Projects 
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jack L. Smith, The Smith Group
Grant writing is both a science and an art. This half-day grant writing training program is geared to real life grant writing situations faced by administrators, direct line staff and others who must juggle their regular duties while they write grants. This workshop covers the grant writing process and improves your understanding of the entire grant writing process, from planning through writing. Topics covered include: Grant writing frame of mind; Proposal development; Resources and grant sources; Grant writing and development system; and Writing goals and objectives.  And of course, you learn timesaving techniques and shortcuts that are used by grant writing consultants.
Workshop 18
Getting Down to Business: How Super Searchers Find Business Information Online 
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services
This half-day workshop tackles the problems of finding reliable, high-quality information on business and financial topics on the Net. Bates, the author of the recently-published books, Super Searchers Do Business and Mining for Gold on the Internet, looks at issues related to conducting research online efficiently and cost-effectively, validating sources, using Web-only information resources, and staying updated on new business and finance information. The workshop provides practical, innovative ways of mining the Net for information; advice on how and when to encourage library clients to conduct their own business research; and tips on when to use the free or nearly-free Web sources and when to open up your wallet and use the big-ticket information sources. While the focus of this workshop is on the resources found exclusively on the Net, it also covers unusual or unique resources from the traditional online services. Attendees will leave the workshop with improved business research skills, ideas on new ways to drill for information, and a collection of links to the best business resources on the Web.
The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians 
March 13-15, 2002 • Washington Hilton & Towers • Washington, DC 
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