Pushing the Envelope at CIL ’17
by Dick Kaser
This month’s issue provides a preview of the topics that will be discussed at our Computers in Libraries conference and the associated Library Leaders Summit in the Washington, D.C., area in March. I hope you can join us there, where the theme will be Upping Our Game.
The issue leads off with an article compiled by summit facilitator Rebecca Jones and program chair Jane Dysart, who interviewed three library leaders on their views about future-proofing libraries: Mary Ann Mavrinac (University of Rochester), Mary Lee Kennedy (Microsoft and Harvard University), and Gina Millsap (Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library). Together, the three of them set the stage for the full dialogue that will take place at the summit.
For more than 30 years, the Computers in Libraries conference has helped librarians apply the latest technology to their operations. Search technology has been a perennial favorite subject among attendees. In this issue, Lisa Gayhart and Judith Logan (University of Toronto Libraries) share tips for improving exact journal title searches in your online catalog.
The program at Computers in Libraries is always full of tips, tricks, and tech takeaways. As an indication of the type of content presented at the show, in this issue, Nancy Herther (University of Minnesota) reviews digital humanities resources and provides lists and descriptions of all the free tools you can find online.
Privacy and security are also big challenges for libraries and hot topics at our annual conference. Opinions on how libraries should react abound. In this issue, Felicia Smith (Stanford University) explores even the extreme option of hacking back.
As always, we are pleased to feature the views of our standing columnists: Marshall Breeding, Terence Huwe, and Jessamyn West, who are all expected to make an appearance at the show.
The issue cannot possibly provide you with a full preview of the event, which features approximately 175 speakers and way more than 1,000 peers to network with. Come and be a part of the conversation at Computers in Libraries 2017.
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor