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Computers in Libraries 2007
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North America’s Largest Technology Conference & Exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers
Computers in Libraries 2007 April 16 - 18, 2007
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA
BEYOND LIBRARY 2.0: BUILDING COMMUNITIES, CONNECTIONS, & STRATEGIES
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A CD-ROM is available for purchase through The Digital Record (www.digitalrecord.org).
The CD-ROM features audio and supplemental materials (such as PowerPoint slides) for many of the sessions at Computers in Libraries.
Orders are shipped approximately 6 weeks after the event.
 




General Conference — Monday, April 16
Track A Track B Track C Track D

Opening Keynote — Web 2.0 & the Internet World
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. • Regency Ballroom

Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project

What is Web 2.0 and what does it mean for our world which is underpinned by the Internet? Web 2.0 has become a catch-all buzzword that people use to describe a wide range of interactive online activities and applications, some of which the Pew Internet & American Life Project has been tracking for years. Rainie brings the latest statistics and talks about current trends in consumer participation in the Web and Internet. He also looks ahead to what some call Internet II and shares the latest thinking and predictions for 2020.

Track A – SEARCH ENGINES • Regency E/F
Search engines (SEs) rule the information world today. Hear the latest on harnessing their power, from tips and inside information to thoughts and speculations. Join us for a true learning experience.

Moderated by Anne Mintz, Director of Knowledge Management, Forbes Inc.

Coffee Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Session A101 — Alternative & Customized Search Engines (SEs)
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services & Author, Building and Running a Successful Research Business

This tip filled session from an experienced super searcher focuses on less well known search engines. It highlights advantages of using these search engines as well as how to roll your own search engine—customize it for your audience. Some of the SEs covered include Clusty, Exalead, Rollyo, Yahoo Search Builder, Google Co-op, Swiki, Gigablast Custom Topic Search, and more.

Session A102 — Social Search Engines
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Gary Price, Director, Online Resources, Ask.com, & Publisher, ResourceShelf.com
Steve Mansfield, CEO, Prefound

The fast-changing world of social networks, social software, and other related technologies is having an effect on search engines. Join panelists from different social search engines as they discuss the new tools out there.

Lunch Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session A103 — Mobile Search
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Megan Fox, Web & Electronic Resources Librarian, Simmons College
Gary Price, Director, Online Resources, Ask.com, & Publisher, ResourceShelf.com


This session looks at the hottest mobile search provider offerings and potential applications for information seekers and librarians. Users on the go don’t want to wade through a list of Web results—they want answers to their questions. Hear what makes mobile search different from a regular search engine, learn about the most interesting and unique features of these services, and get a sneak peek at what’s coming down the development pike for mobile search.

Session A104 — Engines for Multimedia Search
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Ran Hock, Online Strategies & Author,
The Extreme Searcher’s Guide to Web Search Engines

This session is full of tips, techniques, and tricks from different search engines for searching non-HTML content: audio, video, images, and other formats such as RSS/XML. Hock also discusses speech recognition and other technologies which provide extensive metadata, searchable transcripts, and more.
Session A105 — Using Google & SEs to Expose Digital Collections
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Library


Using the Vanderbilt Television News Archive experience in expanding interest and exposure of its collection of digital video, Breeding illustrates how it increased sources of income by making metadata available for harvesting by the major search engines. Metadata that was otherwise hidden from search engine harvesting was presented in such a way that it could be harvested by search engines by creating static Web pages for each of the 805,000 abstracts within the Archive’s TV-NewsSearch database. In addition to HTML-based site maps, the designers used the XML Sitemap Protocol developed by Google for efficient harvesting of the metadata and used the Google Webmaster’s interface for monitoring how the site is accessed via Google. Learn about this successful strategy for increasing activity on the Archive’s Web site, increased use of its collections, and significant increases in income.
Session A106 — Metasearch & Clustering Engines
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Tamas Doszkocs, Senior Computer Scientist, National Library of Medicine (NLM)


This session talks about metasearch and clustering engines and how these engines differ from other types of search engines. It illustrates using NLM’s metasearch and clustering engine, AllPlus, a highly customizable general purpose tool that utilizes sophisticated natural language processing tools and techniques to access heterogeneous information sources on the open and hidden Webs. Value-added capabilities include specialized spellcheckers; automatic mapping of search queries to thesauri, such as the Medical Subject Headings Thesaurus and the Unified Medical Language System; automatic generation of concept clusters for focused drill-down and query refinement and limited question answering. The session also looks at diverse applications of the AllPlus technology in vovernment, academia, and other library settings.
The Traveler's Web
The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, Second Edition
Yahoo! to the Max
Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Author!
Ran Hock
Meet RAN HOCK, author of The Traveler’s Web, The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook, Second Edition and Yahoo! to the Max during the Grand Opening Reception on Monday, April 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M.

Ran will be signing copies of his books at the Information Today, Inc. booth.

Click on cover images on the right for more information, and to order.

 

Track B – WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT • Washington
The Web is changing and library Web sites are changing along with it. Library Webmasters are adopting Web 2.0 ideas and technologies in order to create better sites. As the number of virtual visits to library Web sites continues to rise, having a Web site that works well has become a mission-critical operation. Library Web managers and developers share their ideas about understanding customers better by analyzing usage patterns, conducting usability studies, and how they put that data to work to create a better user experience.

Organized and moderated by Darlene Fichter, University of Saskatchewan

Coffee Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Session B101 — Planning & Implementing Library 2.0
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

David King, Digital Branch & Services Manager, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Has your library discussed creating a Flickr account? A MySpace teen site? Creating a blog? All these ideas are great, yet all have the potential to fail if not implemented well. This session provides practical planning and implementation tips for dealing with emerging digital trends, focusing on setting up new Web 2.0 services such as MySpace, blogs, and Flickr to meet client needs.

Session B102 — Student’s World: Photo Diary Study
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nicole Hennig, Web Manager and Usability Specialist, MIT Libraries


The MIT Libraries embarked on a Photo Diary Study using a method from the field of anthropology known as a “cultural probe” to gather qualitative user experiences. As a qualitative approach, a cultural probe tends to generate creative thinking and insight related to a user group’s behavior. Students recorded with a camera, notes, or screen shots all of their information-seeking activities related to their academic lives for a week, and then shared their stories. Results were coded and analyzed to suggest trends and to move beyond impressions and anecdotes, bringing a larger pattern of behavior into sharper focus. The effort yielded insights about the students’ information goals and tasks and was valuable in prioritizing future work. Learn about the study’s methodology and data gathering and analysis, as well as the fascinating insights.

Lunch Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session B103 — Mashups, Remixing Info, & Making Data Browsable
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Derek Willis, Research Database Manager,
The Washington Post
Karen Huffman, Manager, Knowledge Initiatives, National Geographic Society


This session demonstrates how information can be remixed and shared to create new information products and services. Willis focuses on how to put data and databases in the hands of users via Web browsers using open source tools. Using examples of applications built and used at The Washington Post and elsewhere, the session concentrates on the tasks of obtaining data and using the Web application framework Django to create Browsable sites that provide users with the ability to drill down and explore data sets. Huffman looks inside the enterprise and shows how National Geographic has implemented and integrated RSS, blogs, wikis and mind mapping on its intranet and collaborative work initiatives. Speakers share their stories, lessons learned, and practical steps for getting started.

Session B104 — Cool Tools & Toolkits for Webmasters
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
Darlene Fichter, Head, Indigenous Studies Portal, University of Saskatchewan
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University


This session reviews excellent free toolkits from Google, Yahoo!, and Mozilla to help webmasters do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. Learn about how people are or are not finding your site, how to quickly and effectively test the accessibility of your pages, and how aligned with accepted usability heuristics your site is. From Google's new Webmaster Tools to Firefox's accessibility plugins to Yahoo's pattern library, get a tour of these effective free tools that together can help you take your site to the next level.
Session B105 — Information Design for the New Web
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Ellyssa Kroski, Reference Librarian, Columbia University and Information Consultant, Ellyssa Kroski & Associates Consulting

Information design has changed, and keeping it simple is the key. Web 2.0 companies adhere to the principle of simplicity and their applications possess a singularity of purpose. Designers aim for intuitive and usable interfaces that are continuously evolving in response to user needs. This session discusses the new trend in designing simple, iterative, and nimble Web sites that has shifted the way that users interact with today’s Web.
Session B106 — Social Bookmarking & Folksonomies
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ellyssa Kroski, Reference Librarian, Columbia University and Information Consultant, Ellyssa Kroski & Associates Consulting
Robert Cagna, Department Head, Access and Document Delivery, University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library


This session focuses on how to encourage academic social networks. Find out how social bookmarking tools can help users find, use, share, and form networks in academia. Kroski describes the tagging system being developed at University of Florida to bookmark and “label” library resources and discusses the pros and cons of folksonomies. Learn about the process of designing and testing the open source system so that it is enticing to other universities, easy to deploy, and easy-to-use. Cagna describes how Penn-Tags, one of the first academic community-focused social bookmarking sites, is working in action. Hear how members of the Penn Community quickly collect and maintain URLs, links to journal articles and records in the online catalog and online video catalog. Speakers share lessons learned along the way in implementing a social bookmarking service in academia.
The Traveler's Web
The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, Second Edition
Yahoo! to the Max
Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Author!
Ran Hock
Meet RAN HOCK, author of The Traveler’s Web, The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook, Second Edition and Yahoo! to the Max during the Grand Opening Reception on Monday, April 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M.

Ran will be signing copies of his books at the Information Today, Inc. booth.

Click on cover images on the right for more information, and to order.

 

Track C – COMMUNITIES & COLLABORATION • Potomac
The 2.0 world is all about conversations, collaboration and communities. Our speakers highlight what “library 2.0” is all about with lots of examples, strategies, research, and more.

Moderated by Mary Auckland, O.B.E., Consultant

Coffee Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Session C101 — Library 2.0: Building Communities, Connections, & Strategies
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Ken Roberts, CEO, Hamilton Public Library

Is your organization integral to its community? Hear how partnerships, hard work, and Library 2.0 strategies, including investigating Second Life, have catapulted this public library into the mainstream within its community. Former children’s librarian, author and storyteller, as well as municipal chief information officer, Roberts shares lessons learned for building strong participative and interactive communities.

Session C102 — Building Collaboration, Communication, & Community Online
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Meredith Farkas, Distance Learning Librarian, Norwich University & Author, Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online

Social software is rapidly changing the way we all work and play online. It is also opening up new opportunities for reaching out to patrons and providing library services. This program explores the brave new world of social software and how libraries can capitalize on these tools to improve communication between the library and its patrons, build online communities, and better share information professionally. Farkas, the author of Social Software in Libraries, defines social software, describes its characteristics, and highlights some of the popular social tools being used today. She shares practical tips on successfully implementing social software in libraries and illustrates with libraries that are using social software in innovative ways.
Lunch Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session C103 — Privacy, Security, Social Networking & Libraries: “Me, My Space, & Eye”
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Alane Wilson, Senior Library Market Consultant, OCLC


Alane discusses OCLC’s new report, which explores the Web of social participation through the lenses of privacy, trust, and the value of information. She focuses on social networking, as well as the behaviors, values, and expectations of participants in a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France and Japan. The research hopes to discover if the values of librarians are congruent with the values of the people libraries serve and looks at the origins and history of “privacy” as a core professional value in librarianship. Learn whether libraries’ practices and policies with regard to privacy and personalization are congruent with their communities, and come away with insights and ideas for building closer connections with your communities.

Session C104 — Building Community
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Karen Huffman, National Geographic Society
Michelle McLean, Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation


Huffman focuses on how intranets are designed and developed to work toward building a sense of community through the organization’s corporate intranet portal. She highlights strategies to broaden the community to include affiliates and international partners and shares challenges and lessons learned. McLean focuses on Library 2.0 and libraries building community initiatives currently happening in Australia.
Session C105 — Building an Online Virtual Community
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Mark Puterbaugh, Information Services Librarian, Eastern University


This session discusses how Eastern University opened its VBI world to the college community, allowing students, faculty, and others to assist in building the virtual world. It explains how this has helped the library create closer ties with its community through social interaction in this virtual environment.
Session C106 — Knowledge Services: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Prospects for the Future
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

MODERATOR:
Guy St. Clair, Consulting Specialist for Knowledge Services, SMR International, & Special Consultant for Knowledge Services, EOS International
PANELISTS:
Hoyt W. Galloway, Customs and Border Protection Information Resource Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Lois Ireland, Corporate Information Resource Center, Freddie Mac
Bob Mast, Federal Aviation Administration

EOS International's company motto is “Connecting People to Knowledge.” This session highlights their clients who are involved in knowledge management/knowledge services initiatives in their organizations. Success, though, comes with a variety of considerations, including some that require a distinctly optimistic vision. This panel discusses some of the issues these leaders faced when implementing their initiatives. Challenges, lessons learned, and tips for overcoming perceived barriers are shared, and attendees will go away with renewed enthusiasm for connecting their internal clients with knowledge.
The Traveler's Web
The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, Second Edition
Yahoo! to the Max
Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Authors!
Ran Hock
Meet RAN HOCK, author of The Traveler’s Web, The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook, Second Edition and Yahoo! to the Max during the Grand Opening Reception on Monday, April 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M.

Ran will be signing copies of his books at the Information Today, Inc. booth.

Click on cover images on the right for more information, and to order.

 

Track D – DIGITAL TRENDS • Regency A/B/C/D
Dealing with a digital world presents many challenges and opportunities. This series of talks presents some fresh ideas for digital libraries of the future and their infrastructure, building online virtual communities, using social software for communication and collaboration, dealing with the millennial generation, and competencies for federal librarianship as well as looking at gadgets which will influence our 2.0 world.

Moderated by Aaron Schmidt, Director, North Plains Public Library

Coffee Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Session D101 — Organization 2.0
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones Associates

Social software, digital tools and new ways of working demand new roles, competencies and working arrangements. From virtual branch managers to digital coaches to matrixed management, our libraries are responding with innovative people processes and solutions. This session starts the day with the most critical component for any digital environment: the people.

Session D102 — Heat Up Your Browsing with Firefox
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Jessamyn West, Librarian.net blog


A tricked out Firefox browser can deliver you the smoothest, cleanest, most usable Internet experience around. The huge range of Firefox extensions and themes makes it the perfect library browser choice. West highlights and demos a few different Firefox transformations geared towards seniors, Web developers, reference librarians, and teens. Anyone who works at a computer or maintains a patron computer—Mac, PC, Ubuntu, or whatever—will come away with a taste of what’s possible and the tools to make what’s possible a reality. There will be time for show and tell if you’ve been itching to show off your own favorite browser configuration.

Lunch Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session D103 — Info Life with the Feds
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Roberta Shaffer, Executive Director, FLICC

This session looks at competencies for federal librarianship. Using research from the Education and Human Resources Working Groups and the Library of Congress’ recently published Workforce Transformation Initiative for the Digital Age, it highlights the new professional competencies needed for a successful career in the federal workforce.

Session D104 — Millennials & the Library
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies & Research, Vanderbilt University Library

It’s clear that the students entering our colleges and universities come with expectations of information-seeking unlike any previous generation. How the Millennial Generation interacts with media and content rubs against the grain of the technologies currently in place in libraries for delivering content to users. Breeding will explore the technology trends currently playing out in the library automation arena and discuss how these might be employed to better engage the new generation of library users without negative affects on the post-Millennials.
Session D105 — Gaming & Libraries: Engaging Strategies
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jenny Levine, Internet Development Specialist & Strategy Guide, American Library Association

Creating engaging strategies for different segments of your community is always a challenge. Our speaker, a talented gamer and long-time blogger, shares her thoughts on using gaming to attract and engage library users. Be prepared for exciting new ideas and insights.
Session D106 — Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets!
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Barbara Fullerton, Manager, Library Relations, 10KWizard
Sabrina Pacifici, Editor & Publisher, LLRX.com & beSpacific.com
Aaron Schmidt, Director, North Plains Public Library


Join our experienced and entertaining panel in a fun and fast-paced tour around the changing world of gadgets as they look at the latest products, services and tools that will influence our digital strategies in a 2.0 world.
Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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