On the Road
A monthly look at upcoming ITI conferences
By Nancy Garman
conferences means living in the future. As I write this column
in January, we've just finished the program planning
2003, which will be held May 68 in New York. That means summer
vacation time is just around the corner, right? Not quite, but
the days are getting longer, which is a good thing since the Information
Today, Inc. spring conference schedule is jam-packed with events
in Orlando, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; Birmingham, U.K.; San Francisco;
Scottsdale, Ariz.; and New York. Preliminary programs for these
events are at the printer or in the mail, but here is a sneak peek
at some of the plans so you can decide which conference is right
InfoToday 2003 Keynote Speakers
The three keynote speakers for the plenary sessions at InfoToday
2003 are thought leaders and business leaders in today's challenging
information economy. Each will provoke, inform, motivate, and
stimulate your thinking about your work and how you do it.
Larry Prusak is well-known among librarians, information professionals,
and knowledge managers. He has spoken and written within our
industry since the 1990s, when he was an early advocate of knowledge
management. Prusak has an international reputation for working
with information professionals in helping firms leverage and
optimize their information and knowledge resources. He has also
written several books and numerous articles on knowledge and
information management. His latest book, What's the Big Idea:
Creating and Capitalizing on the Best Management Thinking, is
due in May.
In his opening keynote on May 6, Prusak will discuss where
new ideas come from, how to evaluate which ideas are worth pursuing,
and ways to customize ideas to suit an organization's unique
needs. Attendees will learn how to determine when to adopt a
new idea aggressively and how to be effective as an information
professional or knowledge manager in promoting new ideas within
an organizational structure.
Craig Silverstein, Google's director of technology, was the
first employee hired by the Google founders and is still on the
company's inside track. He created many of the original IT components
that sparked Google's explosive growth and continues to be a
major influence as the company experiments with new forms of
search and new definitions of information retrieval. In his keynote
speech on May 7, Silverstein will explain these new directions
and discuss their potential impact on information professionals,
knowledge managers, and the library community.
Marybeth Peters, director of the U.S. Copyright Office, will
discuss the digital copyright agenda in her keynote speech on
May 8. The last decade has seen numerous changes in domestic
and international copyright laws, and the U.S. Copyright Office
has been at the forefront of the debates and legal battles that
shape the digital copyright agenda. A recognized expert on intellectual
property and copyright law, Peters will discuss the changes and
their success as well as the continuing challenges facing users,
producers, and lawmakers as they deal with this issue.
InfoToday Content Management Symposium
InfoToday features three co-located conferences: National Online,
KnowledgeNets, and E-Libraries. Attendees who register for a
Gold or Platinum Pass can attend sessions in all three conferences.
In our planning process, however, we realized that the hot topic
of content management crossed the parameters of all the programs
and is of major importance to all the attendees. Therefore, we
created a special half-day of shared programming.
Bob Boiko, author of the Content Management Bible, kicks
off a special afternoon Content Management Symposium on May 8.
This program is followed by a fast-paced schedule of breakout
sessions that offer an in-depth, intensive briefing on content
management software, tools, technology, and strategies geared
toward the perspective of the information professional and knowledge
manager. This is an excellent opportunity to hear well-known
experts speak about taxonomies, content categorization, and case
studies. In addition, attendees will learn how to select and
deploy a content management system.
Additional workshops on content management topics are scheduled
on May 9. The addition of these special sessions to InfoToday
allows attendees to structure a tightly focused 1- or 2-day content
management conference-within-a conference on this crucial topic.
Content at Camelback
Buying & Selling eContent is considered a must-attend event
by many top information industry executives and corporate library
managers. Now in its fourth year, the conference will be held
April 1315 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Outsell, Inc., which has
teamed up with Information Today, Inc. to plan and produce this
event, has added its analysts' insights and expertise to the
roster of executive-level speakers.
The program agenda features top-notch speakers and compelling
topics, but it's the networking opportunities that really grab
folks' attention and set this conference apart. The networking
begins when those who are registered for the event use the e-mail
addresses on the advance list of attendees to set up private
appointments during the conference. It continues on-site at the
golf outing, welcome reception, lunches, and other events held
outside in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. The mix of content
creators, solutions providers, and large enterprise buyers creates
an unusual opportunity to develop deals, partnerships, alliances,
qualified leads, or even mergers or acquisitions based on a foundation
of personal relationships and common interests.
The 2-day conference program includes an Outsell briefing on
the content industry, sessions on answered challenges, forward
trends in enterprise content services, new business models for
content publishers, the content commerce vision, changing roles
and changing buyers, early figures on the Outsell 60 Performance
Scoreboard for 2002, a popular CEO panel, and a keynote address
by Larry Prusak on the "Power of the Right Ideas."
Computers in Libraries Registration Deadline Coming
It's time to get serious about registering for the Computers
in Libraries conference March 1214 in Washington, D.C.
You'll save money if you sign up by Feb. 14. In addition, remember
to check with your library networks about even lower group prices.
The event covers a wide range of current issues and practical
topics for information professionals.
Michael Schuyler, a favorite Computers in Libraries columnist,
will deliver the keynote address. You'll also hear popular, knowledgeable
speakers like Mary Ellen Bates, Gary Price, Greg Notess, Darlene
Fichter, Steve Arnold, Roy Tennant, Frank Cervone, Andrew K.
Pace, and many others.
Calls for Speakers
As you go about your daily work as an information professional,
please consider volunteering to share your knowledge or expertise
at an Information Today, Inc. conference. We rely on practicing
information professionals and librarians to build the event programs.
Being on the frontline daily, you know what works, what doesn't,
and why. We offer no promises, since we receive far more proposals
than we can accept. However, the proposals collectively shape
the direction of each conference and help the organizers understand
current trends and topics.
Garman is Information Today, Inc.'s director of conference
program planning. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.