Computers in Libraries '96

General Conference - Tuesday, February 27, 1996

8:45AM - 9:15AM
Computers in Libraries '96 Welcome and Introduction

Tom Hogan - Information Today, Inc.
Jane I. Dysart - Conference Program Chair

* Track A - Internet                         * Track B - Digital Libraries
* Track C - Library Systems             * Tuesday Evening Session

Track A -- Internet

The use of the Internet has exploded over the last few years and is now open to all levels of society. As organizations and individuals flock to the Net, challenges for librarians include: indexing, searching, locating and evaluating the vast amount of information available, as well as training others to find what they need.

Moderators: Hope Tillman - Babson College and Walt Howe - Dephi Internet Services Corp.

* 9:15AM - 10:45AM - Indexing the Net

Srinija Srinivasan - Cataloger, Yahoo
TBA - McKinley Corporation
Rusty Williams - Vice President, New Internet Ventures, Individual, Inc.
Betsy Richter - Director, Internet Guides, Newscorp/MCI Online Venture

There are robots which scour the Internet for everything and index it. There are experts who look for the quality resources on a topic and assemble smaller selective lists, perhaps at the cost of timeliness. How can information professionals take advantage of all approaches? In this presentation, we hear from leading companies who have taken different approaches to the challenges of defining and categorizing information, assessing quality and relevance of information, and providing custom expert filters of information for customers.
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* 10:45AM - 11:15AM - Coffee Break - Visit the Exhibits

* 11:15AM - 12:00 Noon - Evaluating the Net

Hope Tillman - Director of Libraries, Babson College
Joan Packer and Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo - Central Connecticut State University Library

Information professionals are accustomed to evaluating resources by established criteria: contributors' credentials, publishers' reputations, bibliographies, and other available documentation. How do the existing and developing search tools fare under the scrutiny of professional evaluation? Hope Tillman reviews appropriate criteria that should be used to evaluate indexing and filtering tools. Joan Packer and Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo, present the results of their quantitative study of both unevaluative and evaluative Net search tools. How do these tools compare? This study compares accurate matches as compared to those of arguable quality for 200 subjects relevant to undergraduate curricula.

* 12:00 Noon - 1:45PM - Lunch Break - Visit the Exhibits

* 1:45PM - 2:30PM - Tips & Techniques for Searching the Net

Hope Tillman - Director of Libraries, Babson College
Walt Howe - Internet SIG Manager, DELPHI Internet Services Corp.

Searching the Net and finding what you want is not easy! These Internet pioneers and information specialists share tips and tricks to help cut your searching time and techniques to retrieve what you really want.

* 2:30PM - 3:15PM - Teaching the Net: Innovative Techniques in Internet Training

D. Scott Brandt - Technology Training Librarian, Purdue University Libraries
Sharyn J. Ladner - Richter Library, University of Miami

This presentation will provide an overview of such techniques as modelling, role-playing, and use of analogies to provide effective Internet training. In addition, it will look at how best to design and conduct a series of training sessions for multiple levels of Internet users in a multitype library consortium. A case study where librarians train librarians emphasizes the Internet's capabilities, tools and resources that best serve the needs of the participants, where the "how-to" aspects are balanced with practical applications for librarians.
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* 3:15PM - 3:45PM - Coffee Break - Visit the Exhibits

* 3:45PM - 4:30PM - On the Bleeding Edge: Internet Policies for Public Access

Deidre Hanley and Kimberly Lynn - Reading Massachusetts Public Library
Bonnie Strong - Abbott Public Library

What is the big deal about offering Internet service to the public? Isn't the Internet like any other library service? Can policies for Internet users be integrated into existing policies on collection development, computer use, or patron behavior? Librarians who have begun offering Internet service to patrons will discuss their service structures and the policies they have developed to help them manage.

Track B -- Digital Libraries

Digital information, digital libraries, digital information collections
This track focuses on the impacts and issues involved as well as the tools and techniques being applied to develop these components of the digitized world. Sessions include a provocative look at how the world's information is being digitized, as well as exciting insights into current digitizing projects underway in libraries in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere. Issues addressed throughout the day will include copyright, publishing, management, and technical considerations in the electronic environment.

Moderator: Rebecca Jones - Dysart & Jones Associates

* 9:15AM - 10:00AM - Digitizing the World's Information

Richard R. Rowe - Rowe Communications

This session looks at the impact of digital communications upon the evolution of scholarly communications and publishing, with particular focus on how these changes will affect libraries and librarians. Dr. Rowe will present some current examples of digital libraries as well as personal electronic libraries under development.

* 10:00AM - 10:45AM - Toward 21st Century Libraries: Tools to Make Digital Libraries Happen

Henry Gladney and Tryg Ager - IBM Almaden Research Center
Richard Hulser - Consultant, Libraries & Museums, IBM

Focusing on the technical issues involved in creating a digital library, this session describes IBM's role in making digital libraries happen through the use of its architecture, tools and services. By exploring the developments underway in IBM co-operative digital library projects in the U.S. and around the world, the session brings to life real applications in universities, rights management electronic reserves, and photo archives. IBM Research is a partner in pilot studies including the Vatican Library, the Library of Congress, the Florida State University System, Case Western Reserve University, the Institute for Scientific Information, and the Japanese Museum of Ethnology. Even though these projects are at the pilot stage now, the intent is to enable the digital library concept to work in a production mode for libraries of all sizes.

* 10:45AM - 11:15AM - Coffee Break - Visit the Exhibits

* 11:15AM - 12:00 Noon - A Digital Library in the Making: A Case Study

James F. Corey - Director, Florida Center for Library Automation

Using IBM's digital library software, the Florida Center for Library Automation, an agency of the University System, is providing electronic journal articles to students and faculty at all 10 state universities in Florida. Access to the electronic articles is available through any World Wide Web browser that supports forms input. From URLs encoded in the citations, the browser retrieves the corresponding journal articles from the IBM digital library. The browser and the digital library communicate over the Florida segments of the Internet.

* 12:00 Noon - 1:45PM - Lunch Break--Visit the Exhibits

* 1:45PM - 2:30PM - The Unlimited Potential of the Electronic Library* (*except where prohibited by copyright)

Steven J. Schmidt - Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, University Libraries

This session looks at one of the first libraries in the world to be designed for the electronic information environment. It highlights the hardware and infrastructure needed to bring many of the services online and also takes a lighthearted look at one of the spectres overshadowing much of today's technological advancements--copyright.

* 2:30PM - 3:15PM - Digitizing North of the Border, eh? Canadian Experiences

Peter Scott - University of Saskatchewan Libraries

An overview of the innovative digitizing developments underway in Canadian libraries as seen by a pioneer of World Wide Web advances.

* 3:15PM - 3:45PM - Coffee Break - Visit the Exhibits

* 3:45PM - 4:30PM - Which Way Now? Issues Surrounding the Local Digital Library

Gregory Crawford - Head of Public Services, Heindel Library, Penn State Harrisburg
Huijie Chen - Electronic Services Reference Librarian, Heindel Library, Penn State Harrisburg
Lisa Stimatz - Public Affairs & Government Information Reference Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg

Examines the creation of an integrated library network at Penn State Harrisburg which includes access to a variety of electronic information formats. Discussions will focus on licenses, costs and incremental decisions made in response to political and technological realities rather than in response to user input.

Track C -- Library Systems

This track focuses on what's new in library automation, long-range computing planning, organizational preparation for computer applications, integrating new technologies, and teamwork for technological innovation and implementation.

Moderator: Pamela Cibbarelli - Cibbarelli's

* 9:15AM - 10:00AM - Integration of New Technologies into the Library Program: Overview & Example

Mary A. Doyle - Systems Librarian, East Connecticut State University
David R. Holloman - President, Keystone Systems

The use of technology impacts all levels of personnel management, every library procedure and all patron interactions. Mary Doyle presents survey results and case histories of automation of academic and public libraries demonstrating the impact of technology. David Holloman presents a blueprint for an integrated sub-system to provide interactive voice access to community information, library bulletins, OPAC, and full text through an ordinary telephone handset.

* 10:00AM - 10:45AM - Key Executive Roundtable Discussion

Executives from library automation companies participate in a roundtable discussion of the most important trends emerging in library automation.

* 10:45AM - 11:15AM - Coffee Break - Visit the Exhibits

* 11:15AM - 12:00 Noon - Development of Long-Range Computing Plans & Organizational Preparation for Computer Applications

Gregg A. Silvis - University of Delaware Library
Kieth Wright - University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Gregg Silvis provides pointers for us to succeed with long-range planning for automation projects, then Kieth Wright offers suggestions on how to analyze current library functions for automation, involving staff in the planning process, and determining options available for the best mix of computers, functions, and people.

* 12:00 Noon - 1:45PM - Lunch Break - Visit the Exhibits

* 1:45PM - 2:30PM - Techno-Teamwork & Outsourcing In-House

Tim Bucknall - Electronic Information Resources Librarian, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Tom Tyler - University of Denver Library

Tim Bucknall looks at building management skills to optimize library staff involvement in technological changes. Tom Tyler focuses on the cataloging staff with cost-saving processes utilizing DU-MARC.

* 2:30PM - 3:15PM - Automating Inter-Library Loan

George R. Thoma, Susan E. Hauser and Frank L. Walker - National Library of Medicine

A prototype workstation for Interlibrary Loan (WILL) has been developed at the NLM to expedite the processing of ILLs.

* 3:15PM - 3:45PM - Coffee Break - Visit the Exhibits

* 3:45PM - 4:30PM - Overview of Unix-based Integrated Online Library Systems

Pamela Cibbarelli - Cibbarelli's

This presentation compares the features and functions of the most successful Unix-based integrated online library systems (IOLS) software. Handouts pointing to further information in the exhibit hall as well as pointers for selecting the best system for your library.

* 7:30PM - 9:00PM - Evening Session