Computers in Libraries '97


General Conference:
Monday, March 10







8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Computers in Libraries '97 Welcome and Introduction

Tom Hogan - Conference Organizer, Information Today, Inc.

Jane I. Dysart - Conference Program Chair, Dysart & Jones Associates






Track A
Library Automation Systems: Captured by the Web

This track explores current trends in library automation, focusing on the recent movement toward Web-based online catalogs. All types of organizations are currently building Web-based information systems and intranets. The realm of library automation is no exception -- many efforts are underway to provide access to online catalogs through the Web. In this program, speakers address the relevant issues relating to this theme, and relate practical examples of implementing Web-based systems, including examples of implementing an off-the-shelf product and developing one within the library.

Track Organizers: Pamela Cibbarelli, Cibbarelli's and Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University



9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Library Automation Systems: Expectations for the Future
Clifford Lynch, University of California, Office of the President
With integrated systems and web-based systems currently occupying our thoughts, what will we be looking at next? Our speaker addresses some of the trends and possible areas for our future focus.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Web Based OPACs: A Competitive Look at the Current Interfaces
Moderator: Peter Scott, University of Saskatoon
Panel: Representatives of Suppliers of Web-based Interfaces This session features live demonstrations from selected suppliers of Web-based interfaces to library OPACs. Products from selected vendors will be put through their paces to show their relative strengths and weaknesses.

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Coffee Break--Visit the Exhibits

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The Development of a Web-based Catalog for a Small Library
Dobrica Savic, ICOA Library (International Civil Aviation Organization)
This presentation challenges the present paradigm by which building a Library Web Catalog has to be a long and expensive project. It explains the development process of designing and implementing a Web-based library catalog for the ICOA Library, showing that a simple, but very efficient and effective solution could be applied by other small and medium size libraries as well.

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break--Visit the Exhibits

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Implementing a SIRSI Unicorn/WebCat System in an International Environment
Virginia (Ginger) Barrington, Manager, Technical Services, Booz-Allen and Hamilton
Barrington describes the planning, installation, and implementation of a SIRSI Unicorn system. The project involved the use of SIRSI's graphical clients for the PC and Macintosh as well as WebCat for providing access via the Internet. The extent of the project was international, involving libraries in England, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, and selected sites in Latin America and Asia.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Creating a Library Web System in a Team Environment
Lisa Santucci, Electronic Information Services and Instruction Librarian, Miami University
Santucci describes how team management techniques were applied to the creation of a Web-based information system at Miami University, an OhioLINK participant. A team was constructed from different units of the libraries using CQI/TQM techniques. The team included classified staff from the Systems Department, Reference Librarians, Elec-tronic Services and Librarians, Inter-library Loan Librarian and an artistic consultant from outside of the Library. The presentation discusses the problems and issues experienced by the team.

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break--Visit the Exhibits

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Integrated Library Systems Architecture: Z39.50 and HTTP
Frank Cervone, Assistant Director for Systems, DePaul University Libraries
This presentation will discuss the background and implementation of the Z39.50 communications protocol. The basic concepts of Z39.50 will be discussed and how these relate to the exchange and convergence of bibliographic information from diverse sources. It will be useful to anyone trying to sort out the conflicting claims of various suppliers in relationship to Z39.50 and its place in bibliographic systems. It will also describe the competing approaches to providing Web access to integrated library systems.



Track B
The Internet & World Wide Web

This track focuses on the increasing sophistication needed to find information on the web with presentations from both search engine providers and librarians. The second half of the day provides a view of how the web is changing the way librarians deliver their work in reference and interlibrary loan/document delivery.

Track Organizers: Hope Tillman, Library Director, Babson College and Walt Howe, Delphi Internet Services Corp.



9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Searching the Net with Popular Internet Search Engines
Moderator: Walt Howe, Delphi Internet Services Corp.
Panel: Representatives of Search Engine Software Providers
Representatives of search engines discuss how their tools provide the access to Internet resources that librarians are looking for. Here is an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions directly to search engine providers and experts.

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Coffee Break--Visit the Exhibits

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Using the World Wide Web for Library Work
Scott Stebelman, Gelman Library, George Washington University
Mounir Khalil, Science Library, The City College of New York
This session focuses on two areas -- Webliographies versus Bibliographies and Web Based Interlibrary Loan/ Document Delivery. The World Wide Web has forced librarians to re-conceptualize the design, structure, and content of bibliographies. Unlike print bibliographies, which are usually limited to citing materials that must be physically retrieved by the user, hypermedia-based Webliographies provide access to full-text documents and to an array of other information sources. Because Weblio-graphies are dynamic, their content is never fixed in time or place: their research value is contingent upon continual inclusion of new resources, and the monitoring of older ones for currency and URL functionality. In designing Webliographies, librarians must ask themselves not only what traditional literature exists on the topic, but what formats are valued by their users. Librarians are increasingly using the Internet/WWW for interlibrary loan and creating homepages publicizing the services of interlibrary loan and document delivery suppliers. This presentation includes a survey of libraries and document delivery vendors, as well as a discussion of legal and copyright compliance issues for accessing full-text documents via the Internet.

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break--Visit the Exhibits

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
The HTML Monster: Is it Really Necessary to Learn?
Rebecca Jackson, Gelman Library, The George Washington University
Hope Tillman, Director of Libraries, Babson College
Many libraries today are coping with the problems of how to introduce their librarians to the use of HTML to create their own home pages. Jackson will explain the experiences at Gelman Library in training librarians and the results of this training -- how the program has evolved and what can be learned from the Gelman case study. Tillman believes that librarians have the skill set to provide the best organization of their web sites and to provide quality control of Internet resources of value to their users. In light of the number of new technologies librarians are being asked to master, she discusses where HTML (hypertext markup language) fits as a priority, what librarians should be doing with their organization's web sites, and how to best gain the skills needed to do these things.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Web Pages: Graphic Design Principles and Navigation
Walt Howe, Delphi Internet Services Corp.
Ilana Kingsley, Multimedia Librarian, Indiana State University
Designing effective web pages is critical to the success of a site. While graphics can enhance the attractiveness and value of a home page, they need to be used appropriately and must fit into the overall site design. Home page use and navigation can also be improved by button design. An Indiana State University study focuses on the relationship between home page buttons and information sought and is compared to previous research on related electronic resources such as CD-ROM products and online databases.

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break--Visit the Exhibits

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Web Sites: Management Realities & Considerations
Joan Gervino, Center for Banking Information, American Bankers Association
Greg Notess, Reference Librarian & Associate Professor, Montana State University-Bozeman
This session focuses on the pros and cons, whys and wherefores, and the many management issues for librarians when developing and managing web sites. Gervino and Notess will also discuss priorities such as: political realities and minefields, policy guidelines, and collaborative and or competitive relationships that impact on organizational web site development and maintenance.



Track C
CD-ROM & Multimedia

Traditional print and text-based commercial online services have been the backbone of collections and services in libraries of all types. CD-ROM has also taken its place in the repertoire of materials available to the librarian. And one doesn't have to go far to hear all the hype and actual case studies related to Internet and the Web. Whether libraries are finally destined to lose their walls or not, there is no question that they have been moving in the electronic direction. This track focuses on that movement, with special reference to multimedia and CD-ROM. Virtually every library already exploits CD-ROM, so we now look at the new problem of how to effectively market the CD-ROM services and collections to clients, as well as the nitty-gritty on how to successfully circulate these materials. In the afternoon, attention will turn to multimedia itself, with library case studies, and a thorough overview of the new information technologies that will be providing entirely new multimedia library materials in the near future.

Track Organizers: Paul Nicholls, Editor, NewMedia Canada, Pelican Island Information & Kathy Miller, Editor, Marketing Library Services




Marketing CD-ROM and Multimedia Library Services
Moderator: Kathy Miller, Editor, Marketing Library Services

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Marketing Electronic Library Services
Herb Cihak, Director, Law Library, University of Kentucky
Librarians, as information brokers, can drive new technology by focusing on the marketing techniques of planning, preparation and presentation. By presenting CD-ROM products, Internet resources or resources from other online databases, and multimedia demonstrations, librarians can capture client attention, generate client interest, reach client expectations and satisfy client needs. By successfully marketing electronic library resources and services, librarians will take a giant step toward ensuring that their libraries continue to thrive and survive.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Cybrarian's Guide to Cyber-Marketing
Michel Bauwens, Internet Consultant /Cyber-marketeer, IO Communications
Michel Bauwens, compiler of the Cybrarian's Guide to Cyber-Marketing, will discuss the issue of marketing, promotion and knowledge transfer in cyberspace, and how these new practices can be used effectively by librarians.

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Coffee Break--Visit the Exhibits

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Circulating CD-ROM
George Shirinian, Head, Jane-Dundas Branch, City of York Public Library
Paul Nicholls, Editor, NewMedia Canada, Pelican Island Information
One of the librarian's most fundamental roles in society, the dissemination of information, has been revolutionized by technology. While some see electronic media as a lamentable challenge to the tradition of the printed word, others are excited by the new opportunities technology creates. This presentation will explain the practical aspects of CD-ROM as a material for library lending, and is based on nearly four years' experience lending CD-ROMs in a large public library.

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break--Visit the Exhibits

Afternoon: Multimedia and New Media
Moderator: Paul Nicholls, Editor, NewMedia Canada, Pelican Island Information

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
New Media Developments and Trends
Deborah Jessop, Director, Southam Changewatch
Multimedia data implies the need for very dense storage media. CD-ROM has met this need with some success, but we still see single applications distributed on as many as seven CD-ROM discs, and jukeboxes provide access to hundreds of discs for corporate database and library applications. There is a continuing need for even denser storage media and these are indeed on the horizon. Also on the horizon are entirely new developments such as Virtual Reality. This practical session will provide a concise technology background on developments and trends with respect to new tools such as CD-Recordable, DVD, DVD-ROM, erasable optical discs, VRML, and the many World Wide Web related multimedia technologies.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Mainstreaming Multimedia In the Liberal Arts
Neal Baker, Boyd Spahr Library, Dickinson College
Dickinson College's traditional liberal arts curriculum dates to 1773, but its library is non-traditional in its approach to multimedia. Multimedia resources are "mainstreamed" into the circulating collection or else equated with reference materials and integrated into the reference area. This approach to multimedia is predicated on the library's non-traditional organizational schema. No single librarian is responsible for the disposition of CD-ROMs. All nine librarians participate in CD-ROM collection development, cataloging, policy, user education, and marketing, vis-a-vis their liaison roles with academic departments. Just as the librarians share job assignments, so too do they coordinate closely with other units on campus-- Instructional Media and Academic Computing--in the provision of multimedia resources. This paper will share the merits and drawbacks of such a distributed, agile environment within a liberal arts context.

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break--Visit the Exhibits

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Legacy: A Library-Produced CD-ROM Designed for a Specific User Constituency
Susan Adkins, NASA Langley Research Center
"Legacy: General Aviation Highlights from Eight Decades of NACA/NASA Research" is a single CD-ROM which holds the bibliographic descriptions and full text scanned images of 179 classic reports from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). This CD-ROM was produced by the NASA Langley Technical Library in collaboration with a number of federal agencies as well as the U.S. general aviation community, including private industry and academia. Legacy marks the first time that a NASA library was called on to produce an electronic information product of this type for an outside customer. Legacy contains a bibliographic database which can be searched and accessed by author, title phrase or key word, report number, publication date, notes, corporate source, key word in abstract, subject phrase or key word, and a combination of any or all of the above. The full-text scanned images for each report are linked directly to each bibliographic record. This session discusses the problems and issues encountered in the production of the CD-ROM. Selection of titles, retrieval software, search engine, target hardware platforms, scanning, data conversion, contracting out for development services, surveying the target audience and lessons learned will be included.





Track D
Library Instruction & Training

What is the distinction between training and teaching, and what role does the Internet and Web play in all that? Come see and hear tips, techniques, examples and new ideas! Whether it's instructing people on using resources like online catalogs, or developing approaches to training staff, the Net provides opportunities and challenges -- both of which are discussed in this track.

Track Organizer: D. Scott Brandt, Purdue University






9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Web-based Instruction
Athena Holcomb, University of Central Florida
Cynthia Levine & Angela Fullington, North Carolina State University
Walt Crawford, Huijie Chen, Lisa Stimatz, & Gary White, Penn State Harrisburg
How and what do we teach to library users in this year of the Web? Our panel looks at web-based library and online catalog instruction in an age of change and discusses the benefits of using the Web in this way.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Internet Training and Outreach
Martin Kalfatovic & Sujata DeHart, Smithsonian Institution
Robert Rodriguez, Edison Community College
When and where does the Internet come into play when training? Presenters discuss training library staff and teaching the Internet to non-traditional students.

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Coffee Break--Visit the Exhibits

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Online Training
Walt Howe, Delphi Internet Services Corporation
D. Scott Brandt, Purdue University
A look at "24 hour" training, delivered using the tools of the Internet. Howe discusses ubiquitous training while Brandt focuses on online tutorials. Lots of cites and practical approaches will be examined.

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break--Visit the Exhibits





Track E
School Libraries

Technology is impacting school library service in a significant way. This track focuses on how school library media specialists are dealing with these changes, both for their own professional development and for extending their resources beyond the walls of their libraries and media centers. Video, multimedia, CD-ROM, and Internet resources will be discussed within the context of school activities. Internet emphasis reflects that it has burst on the scene opening up new challenges and opportunities for school library service. This track will be of interest to K-12 school library media specialists, teachers, administrators, and others interested in practical aspects of information technology in schools.

Track Organizers: Susan Veccia, Editor, MultiMedia Schools & Pamela Spencer, Coordinator, Library Program Services, Fairfax County Public Schools






2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
changes@school.library.media.edu
Donna Baumbach, University of Central Florida
What is the role of the school library media specialist in today's school? How do we cope with technology and change? More importantly, what things must never change? These topics and others are explored in this session.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Libraries Alive: School Library Catalogs and Internet Combined!
Sally Laughon, Virginia Tech & Wandalene Adams, Library Media Specialist, Lee High School
This session looks at increasing the circulation of media resources with a unified interface to search both the school library and the Internet. Available software combines the benefits of a union catalog with Internet connectivity so that catalog records are linked to Internet resources making connections between local and remote resources seamless.

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break--Visit the Exhibits

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Electronic Library Resources
Michelle Foss, Head Librarian, Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education
Judy Graves, Instructional Designer, and Betty Brown, Reference Librarian, National Digital Library Program, Library of Congress.
This session provides a guided tour of online educational resources to enhance and expand K-12 mathematics and science education materials via the Internet available from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC). Lesson plans and projects as well as locations of various Internet sites that focus on math and science education will be shared. In addition American Memory, the digitized historical collections of the National Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress, will be described focusing on the educational outreach services offered to K-12 schools via The Learning Page.





Monday Evening Session
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"Dead Technology: A View from Tomorrow"

This free session, open to all registrants, exhibit visitors, and exhibitors, features Computers in Libraries experts, pioneers, and practitioners. Come hear their predictions about which technologies will last through the decade, and which will die. Join your colleagues in a roundtable discussion featuring editors, conference planners, speakers, and exhibitors as they praise and condemn available and emerging technologies.

Moderator: Eric Flower, University of Hawaii, West Oahu






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