Computers in Libraries '96

Preconference Workshops - Monday, February 26, 1996

Workshop 1

9:00AM - 4:30PM - Technology Planning for Libraries

McQueen & Associates

Planning is a major part of any successful information technology implementation. This workshop focuses on planning for all types of technology: CD-ROM, Internet, Library Systems, and Online Resources. In addition to providing winning planning strategies, it will cover:

* Workshop 2

9:00AM - 4:30PM - Recreating Information Service Using New Technologies

Stephen Abram - Micromedia Limited
Rebecca Jones - Dysart & Jones Associates

This full-day workshop provides you with knowledge and ideas about technologies which may help you recreate your information service to meet the needs of your organization in the future. Workshop leaders will look at table-of-contents databases, media monitoring and electronic clipping, global networking, digital libraries and other technologies that will shape future information services.

* Workshop 3

9:00AM - 4:30PM - Market Research on the Net

Barbie Keiser - Library Director, College of Insurance, New York

This full-day workshop is a practical primer on using the Internet and the World Wide Web as a source for secondary market research. It will acquaint attendees with the vast array of business and market information sources that reside on the net and instruct them on how to harness this medium to conduct surveys that will provide individuals and organizations with market information that is not otherwise available.

* Workshop 4

9:00AM - 12:00 Noon - Library LAN Security

David Ives - University of Missouri Libraries

The greatest potential threat to LAN security within a library (and within most organizations) is the end-user, be they staff or patron. This potential threat can become a very real one either through inadvertent or deliberate human actions; actions that may affect not only a specific computer, but also other computers or peripherals on the LAN, the LAN fileserver itself, or even connections physically external to the LAN (e.g. mainframes, client-server systems, Internet nodes). There are four areas of concern that are addressed in this half-day workshop: hardware, system, network, and user interface.

* Workshop 5

9:00AM - 12:00 Noon - Evaluating Quality on the Net

Clifford Lynch - Director of Library Automation, University of California
Hope Tillman - Director of Libraries, Babson College

With the exponential growth of World Wide Web sites, many of which claim to have valuable information, and the growing sense of information overload, this half-day workshop will provide participants with the criteria for making their own informed assessments and analyzing available searching tools for locating sites, the key indicators for knowing what sites have reliable information, and the elements in Web site management and design that information professionals should look for in order to assess the quality of desired information.

* Workshop 6

9:00AM - 12:00 Noon - Web Basics

Peter Scott - University of Saskatchewan Libraries

The World Wide Web is a globally distributed information system based on hypertext, but it is also the easiest interface with which to search and surf the Internet. The Web's popularity for research, publishing and commerce is directly attributable to its simplicity and ability to incorporate data from almost any source with little effort. This half-day workshop will introduce the WWW, present resources of interest to information professionals, focus on using the tools (browsable and searchable catalogs) on the WWW to find related documents.

* Workshop 7

1:30PM - 4:30PM - Pentiums, Pentium Pros, PowerPCs, and Very Long Words: What to Buy

Eric Flower - University of Hawaii - West Oahu

With the Pentium now the standard CPU in the Windows/Intel (WINTEL) world, what components, peripherals, and operating software should be matched with it to create a powerful networked desktop environment? This half-day multimedia presentation will discuss systems based on Intel's Pentium and Pentium Pro (P6) as well as work-alikes from NexGen, Cyrix, and AMD. In addition it will cover a Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) alternative in the form of the PowerPC from the Apple, IBM, Motorola coalition. Finally, it will take a brief look ahead at Very Long Word Instruction Computing from Intel and HP.

* Workshop 8

1:30PM - 4:30PM - Free and Low Cost Federal Information

Bruce Maxwell - author of Washington Online: How to Access the Government's Electronic Bulletin Boards and Washington Online: How to Access the Federal Government on the Internet.

Federal government agencies and departments operate more than 1,000 bulletin board systems (BBS) and Internet sites that are open to the public. The challenge is to figure out what's out there and how to access it. This half-day workshop focuses on public access to electronic government information, describing the best federal bulletin board systems and Internet sites.

* Workshop 9

1:30PM - 4:30PM - Copyright and Site Licensing in the Electronic Arena

Sarah K. Wiant - Washington & Lee University and co-author of Libraries & Copyright: A Guide to Copyright Law in the 1990s.

Wiant, a lawyer and librarian, addresses copyright issues that should be considered in developing policy for the users in your organization. She concentrates on issues raised by the changing environment and provides information about using copyrighted information in the electronic environment. In addition, Wiant looks at the impact of site licensing on information delivery and explains the pros and cons of site licenses in increasing access and providing cost effective service. In this half-day workshop, she shares the views from both sides of the table: what do librarians want and what do publishers require.