|I think that "Cutting-Edge
Technologies in Action" is the perfect theme for this, the Computers in
Libraries Conference issue. After all, thousands of people flock to our
conference every March to see the latest technology in the exhibit hall
and to hear about it in the many outstanding sessions.
I think you'll enjoy reading
about the cutting-edge technologies that we cover in print this month.
Our articles include hot words like "e-books," "ASPs," and "wireless."
If you haven't yet found the guts to explore these options, you can live
vicariously through our librarian-writers. Reading about their experiences
will give you a good glimpse of what it was like to begin incorporating
and using these technologies. We also aim to provide enough information
so you can get an idea about budgets, implementation timelines, etc.
While Computers in Libraries
magazine always talks about how libraries are using technology, we don't
always try to cover the cutting edge per se. Our articles are usually about
a clever use of an existing technology, a new twist on something old, a
database- or systems-building project that others could emulate, or a trend.
(Around the office we often use the sentence, "We try to save people from
having to reinvent the wheel.") But in this conference issue we've made
it a point to highlight topics that many people are buzzing about but not
many people are using yet. We've hit a few hot buttons here,but of course
you can learn tons more at the accompanying show.
In case you haven't heard
all the hoopla, the CIL Conference
takes place at the Washington Hilton and Towers in DC, March 14, 15, and
16. (There are also nine preconference workshops on Tuesday, March 13 and
10 postconference workshops on Saturday, March 17.) Friday and Saturday
include the "conference-within-a-conference," Computers in School Libraries.
And yes, you can still register, even now. And you can also register on-site
for the sessions, or you can pick up an exhibits-only pass at no charge.
Registration includes a handy packet of info, free receptions in the exhibit
hall, and more excitement than you can imagine! Details are on our Web
site, of course.
Speaking of excitement,
don't miss one of this year's highlights, a "Meet the Editors" session
in the exhibit hall on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is your
chance to see us (not only me but also managing editor extraordinaire Kimberly
Mestrow) in person--and to get free autographs! All kidding aside, we're
especially interested in talking to people who want to write feature articles
in upcoming issues. So, you'll be there, right? Kim and I will be expecting