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The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians
Computers in Libraries 2006 March 22-24, 2006
Hilton Washington
1919 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC
Managing Digital: Innovations, Initiatives & Insights
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General Conference — Wednesday, March 22
Track A Track B Track C Track D Evening Session

International Ballroom Center
Opening Keynote — Search Engine Report
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Chris Sherman, Associate Editor, SearchEngineWatch, & Co-Author, The Invisible Web & Google Power

This session looks at the trends in the search engine market. It highlights recent changes in specific Web search engine tools, provides tips about what we should be looking for next year, and discusses the impact for information professionals. Our expert believes that dramatic changes may lie ahead. Come hear his predictions.

International Ballroom Center
Track A – Information Discovery & Research
Discovering and finding information are the goals for everyone, even if we info pros like to search and search and search! This series of programs looks at what’s new for researchers and highlights many tools and tips for efficient information discovery and findability.
Moderated by Richard Geiger, San Francisco Chronicle

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session A101 — Thirty Search Tips in 40 Minutes
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Mary Ellen Bates,
Bates Information Services

Want to turbo-charge your Web research? This session is jam-packed with valuable tips about how to search the Web more effectively. You don’t need to be an expert to use these techniques, but even long-time researchers will learn some new tricks!

Session A102 — Keeping One Click Ahead
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Gary Price, Director, Online Resources, Ask Jeeves & Publisher, ResourceShelf.com
Genie Tyburski, Web Manager, The Virtual Chase, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
Rita Vine, Search Portfolio

Keeping up with all the changes in our industry and one step ahead of our clients is one of the biggest challenges for info pros. This expert panel shares tips and techniques for improving your chances of staying in step with our fast-changing online information world.

Lunch Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session A103 — Federated Search Engines: Lessons Learned
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian, Northwestern University
Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
Athena Hoeppner and , University of Central Florida


This panel of federated search engine implementers shares the key things they wished they knew before they started. Filled with tips and lessons learned!

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session A104 — Searching the New Digital Formats
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Christina Pikas, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Greg Schwartz, Louisville Free Public Library, & Publisher, Open Stacks Weblog

Pikas discusses tools and techniques for searching the blogosphere and mining information in Weblogs while Schwartz discusses finding information-rich podcasts in your topic area.
Session A105 — Meet the Grokkers: Implementing a Visual Search Tool
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

David Vose, Head, Reference & Electronic Resources,
Kate Bouman, Reference Librarian & Project Director, &
Alesia McManus, Head, Science Library, Binghamton University Libraries

Grokker is a visual search tool that facilitates information discovery by displaying search results in topically organized visual maps. Students use the maps with easily discernable visual cues to explore results more efficiently and with greater understanding. This session briefly discusses the implementation of Grokker, staff and user training, and focuses on the impact, learnings, and recommendations for similar projects elsewhere.

International Ballroom West
Track B – Web Design & Development
Library Web managers and developers share their experiences and ideas about where library Web sites are going. Pick up new ideas, techniques, and tools to use on your library site. Learn about designing for user experience. Cut through the hype about AJAX and understand the simplicity and power of these new technologies, while discovering how library Web sites are delivering new and innovative services direct to users.

Organized & moderated by Darlene Fichter, University of Saskatchewan

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session B101 — The Basics of Web-Based Experience Planning
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

David King, Information Technology Librarian, Kansas City Public Library

Depending on their training, the Web design community is talking about “user experience,” “interaction design,” or “experience planning”—all phrases that focus on the overall impression that the visitor has with your site. Experience planning puts the customer first, by focusing on the visitor’s experience when they visit a store, buy a product, or visit a Web site. King explores the concept of experience planning, describes what works for the Web, and provides examples of how to transform a Web site from transaction- and information-based to experience-based.

Session B102 — New Web Site Tools & Technologies: Tool Envy
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Jason A. Clark, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Montana State University Libraries
Karen Coombs, Information Technology and Instruction Librarian, SUNY Cortland


Clark provides an overview of building usable library interfaces with AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), discusses the explosion of new applications built upon AJAX in the past year, and takes a closer look at how this new approach to Web design is changing what we can expect from the Web. Sort through the hype, learn about live AJAX applications, and gather some ideas for integrating these techniques into digital library interfaces, OPACs and other library Web forms. Coombs discusses some open source tools that can help you better manage your Web site. Take a look at some log analysis tools, Web development tools, and content management tools that add more functionality to the library’s Web site and provide more update information.

Lunch Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session B103 — Reaching Out to Your Community
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Kim Grable, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
Lori Bell, Director, Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center
Tom Peters, Founder, TAP Information Services


Grable looks at how a re-branding initiative at a local city library not only built collaboration with nearby schools and colleges, Web developers, and the “everyday citizen” but caused a rippling of positive change throughout the library. Working with a group of students, teachers and artists showed how re-branding not only affected the look, the attitude, even the “feel” of a library, but also made a positive change to the bottom line. A relatively simple, wellicrafted design of a library Web site can have far-reaching implications throughout the community. Bell and Peters moved from offering digital content to users to digital programming with OPAL, Online Public Programming for Library Users. OPAL is a collaborative, multitype library programming initiative in which libraries plan a program and share it with others, including book discussions, story hours, technology training, and author interviews online. They describe implementing OPAL using accessible Web conferencing software to offer book discussions, memoir writing, and many other types of programs for all ages. Find out how other libraries can join in this exciting program or develop their own.

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session B104 — Cool Tools Update for Webmasters
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Darlene Fichter, Data Library Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian, Northwestern University


Hop on board and look at some great tools to make a Webmaster’s life simpler. Check out some free or inexpensive tools that could add new features and services to your Web site. Find out tools that can help track online usage better, develop small applications quickly, new designs and images, and conduct surveys. Some of these tools don’t require any programming knowhow. Come to this action-packed session. Pack your toolbox with inexpensive (or free) Web tools to put to use on your site.
Session B105 — Building Your Usability Toolkit: Affinity Mapping & User Scenarios
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Athena Hoeppner, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Central Florida
Meg Scharf, Associate Director for Public Services at the University of Central Florida Libraries


Our speakers outline some commonly used approaches to usability studies, testing methods, and techniques. They dive in and present two case studies, one on Affinity Mapping and one on User Scenarios, and describe the methodology, data, analysis, and ultimate impact on Web design. Pick up practical advice and tips for conducting similar usability studies in your library.

International Ballroom East
Track C – Communities & Collaboration
The rise of social software tools used for collaboration is evident in the library environment. This track explores the use of wikis and Weblogs as communication tools internally between library staff and externally between librarians and patrons/clients and includes other community building tools and initiatives.

Organized by Steven Cohen, Senior Librarian, PubSub Concepts Inc.
Moderated by Michael Stephens, St. Joseph County Public Library

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions C101 & C102 — Wikis in Action
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Abigail Bordeaux, Electronic Resources Librarian,
Erin Rushton, Science Reference Librarian and Bibliographer, &
Marcy Strong, Catalog Librarian, Binghamton University (BU)
Joseph Balsamo, Systems Administrator, Mary Chimato, Head Access Services, & Darren Chase, Informatics Librarian, H.S.C. Library, Stony Brook University
Khaled Saeed, Programmer, S.C. Library, Stony Brook University
Chad Boeninger, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Ohio University Library


BU Libraries’ staff has been using wikis internally since early 2005. They outline their experience using freely available wiki sites and, subsequently, the decision to implement a locally hosted wiki. Speakers from Stony Brook describe how a staff-supported Wiki was used to document procedures and policies as well as technical support and trouble-shooting, improve communication between staff, and provide a higher level of support for patrons. Boeninger explores the use of a wiki as a research guide and focuses on lessons learned in experimenting with a wiki as a subject guide. He includes the pros and cons of community editing, getting others to contribute, the strengths and weaknesses of the wiki over traditional HTML research guides, and selling wikis to administration. All speakers share the current uses of their wiki, future developments and challenges, lessons learned, and more.

Lunch Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session C103 — Weblogs as Customer Communication & Collaboration Tools
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Susan Fingerman, Supervisor, Science & Technology Information Services,
Christina Pikas, Science & Technology Librarian, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, &
Susan Klopper, Executive Director, Goizueta Business Library, Emory University
Clara Hudson, Public Services/Virtual Reference Librarian, University of Scranton Library


How do Weblogs fare in a research-oriented setting as yet another medium of communication? Are the interactive features that are possible with blogs utilized? How much work does it take to create and maintain these vehicles? Two different institution types and populations are discussed as well as experiences and results from user surveys. Our second presenter, Hudson, discusses how a blog, started as an alternative mode of communication, was met with enthusiastic support and less enthusiastic use. Learn about the trials and tribulations of one librarian as she tried to get committee members to use a Weblog for communications and whether she will try it again.

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session C104 — Building Communities with IM
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Aaron Schmidt,
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Amanda Etches-Johnson,
Reference Librarian, McMaster University
Michael Stephens,
St. Joseph County Public Library
Session C105 — Collaborative eLearning Communities
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Iaukea, Statewide Continuing Education Coordinator, Washington State Library
Bill Tucker, COO, Education Sector, Innovative Ideas
Laura Staley, Spanish Language Outreach Coordinator, & Sarah Chesemore, Learning Manager, WebJunction

This session describes current initiatives being used to develop collaborative, integrated, community-driven e-learning opportunities. It discusses the challenges and benefits and learnings in how to best leverage e-learning to meet library staff needs.

Jefferson Room
Track D – Digital Innovations, Technologies & Ideas
Using new technology in a digital world is always a challenge and our early adopters share their lessons learned and insights from experimenting with leading edge digital initiatives. Pick up ideas and learn about new innovations in the digital library and information world.

Moderated by Terry Huwe, University of California, Berkeley

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session D101 — Failing to Innovate: Not an Option
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Jill Hurst-Wahl, Hurst Associates

Are your building digital collections for the millennials and those who will come after them? Are your putting plans in place to reach them? The technologies are changing, as are our users, but we’re failing to be innovative in our approaches to ensure that our users will use and enjoy our products. This session discusses the problems causing us to miss the target (in product development and usage) and provide ways of getting past the roadblocks to implementable solutions.

Session D102 — RFID in Action
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Nick May, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL)

May talks about the acquisition and implementation of RFID and self-checkout in VBPL. This case study share strategies, application decisions, planning, and implementing lessons learned.

Lunch Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session D103 — New Technology Challenges & Successes
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Michael Casey, Branch Manager, & Chris Hall, IT Coordinator, Gwinnett County Public Library

Our speakers look at innovative uses of new technologies in the new building of their public library as well as new technologies being used in other libraries they have observed recently.

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session D104 — Gaming & Libraries
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Mark D. Puterbaugh, Information Services Librarian, Eastern University

This session discusses the implications of gaming for education, libraries, music, culture and e-learning and how it might be harnessed in the workplace, in user education, community building, and youth outreach. Puterbaugh shares the strategies, results, and lessons learned of a gaming interface on his university’s OPAC.
Session D105 — Creative Visibility: Toolbars and Game Nights
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Scott Rice, University of North Carolina Greensboro
H. David Womack, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University


This session looks at creative ways two libraries are appealing to their clients. Rice discusses the creation of a library toolbar for Mozilla Firefox to make library services more visible and usable for patrons. Womack talks about an effort to reach out to undergraduate students to encourage them to visit the library by teaming up with the resident technology advisors (RTAs) from information systems who provide end-user support in the residence halls and offer evenings of entertainment for gamers after the library closes at 7 p.m. Come hear the skills required by these libraries to develop and offer these services, and how these services are impacting client perceptions and library usage.
International Ballroom East
Wednesday Evening Session
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by
Palinet

Digi TechForum: Looking at Dead & Emerging Technologies

MODERATOR: D. Scott Brandt, Technology Training Librarian, Purdue University Libraries

PANELISTS: Michael Stephens, Technology Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library
Amanda Etches-Johnson,
Reference Librarian, McMaster University
Aaron Schmidt,
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Bill Spence,
VP, Information Technology, Information Today, Inc.
Darlene Fichter, Data Library Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan
Marshall Breeding,
Director, Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University
Stephen Abram, VP, Innovation, SirsiDynix

Our popular “Dead Technology” session focuses on the expanding digital future where libraries and information services are challenged in gaining the attention of their clients and communities. What technologies will help us in the future? Which will hold us back? Join us for some new views as well as some from our long-term CIL experts, pioneers, comedians, and practitioners. It's free and open to all registrants, exhibitors, and exhibit visitors. Come and hear our panel's predictions as they praise and condemn available and emerging technologies.

Free and open to all registrants, exhibitors and exhibit visitors.


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