On the Road
A monthly look at upcoming ITI conferences
By Nancy Garman
I have my beach reading ready: the latest John Grisham
and Jeffery Archer books, my July issue of Southern
Living, and a gardening book or two. I'm all set
to chill out or rather, bake in the sun at the shore.
On the serious side, I'd better add in the latest issues
of ONLINE, Searcher, and definitely Information
Today (Tip: Fold it in half to fit in the pile).
And don't forget the preliminary programs for Information
Today, Inc.'s fall conferences.
Conference programs are not exactly prime beach
reading. But the ocean scene on the cover of the
Internet Librarian 2003 program will help you get
in the mood for the event, which will be held Nov.
35 in Monterey, Calif. As I write this, conference
chair Jane Dysart is wrapping up the program and
finalizing the keynote speakers. The full agenda
and registration form will be on the Web by the time
you read this, and the program should land on your
desk in time for your August beach trip. Watch this
space in September for a conference preview.
WebSearch University Returns to D.C.
Back by popular demand, WebSearch University's
(WSU) September session will again be held in Washington,
D.C. Scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9, WSU is at the Washington
Hilton, scene of ITI's Computers in Libraries conference.
This site offers easy Metro access for D.C. commuters.
The most frequently asked question about WSU is
whether it's all new or a replay of the previous
year's event. The good news (and the short answer)
is that due to the rapidly changing Web search scene,
it's both. For instance, the popular Web search experts
you love to hear will be there. Chris Sherman will
speak about the invisible Web, Gary Price will share
his resource tools, and Greg Notess will talk about
advanced searching. Their presentations will be brand-new
and filled with news, notes, tips, and commentary
about the latest developments in Web search.
Marydee Ojala will do the same in her hour-long
session on Google. She'll share inside developments
and advanced tips gleaned from a recent on-site visit
to the Google kingdom. It's worth listening to search
guru Mary Ellen Bates speak on any topic, and her
keynote, "360 Degrees of Information," is new for
WSU's second day offers courses such as how to
evaluate what you find on the Web, delivering search
results, search engine overlap and comparisons, competitive
intelligence, and browser tips and tricks. There's
even a session on Stupid Searching Mistakes (and
how to avoid them, of course), taught by Sherman
WebSearch University totally immerses participants
in 2 days of searching. Past events have earned rave
reviews from both novices and experienced searchers.
WSU's razor-edge focus on searching makes it unique.
Conferences like SLA or even ITI's own Internet Librarian
and Computers in Libraries feature a few sessions
on Web search, but WSU is the only one that's "all
search and nothing but search." As a bonus, attendees
receive a thick conference binder with slides from
all the presentations so they can take notes and
refer to them back at the office.
Check with your library network (especially CAPCON
and FEDLINK in the D.C. area) about special group
prices. The early-bird (and group) registration deadline
is Aug. 15.
KM + Intranets = Productivity
Add knowledge management to intranets and you get
increased productivity, according to Peter Rinearson,
a corporate vice president at Microsoft. That's good
news for those attending the co-located KMWorld & Intranets
2003 conferences Oct. 1416 at the Santa Clara
(Calif.) Convention Center. Rinearson is the opening
plenary session keynote speaker for both conferences.
Other keynoters include Martin White, a well-known
intranet and content management expert, and Hubert
St. Onge, a popular speaker on knowledge and learning.
Jack Borbely from Towers Perrin will speak at a plenary
closing session about how an integrated enterprise
approach to content can make for a win-win knowledge
The inclusion of a special 3-day Content Management
track says volumes about the current state of the
different yet interdependent knowledge management
and intranet/enterprise portal industries. For both,
it comes down to managing and organizing content.
Capturing expert knowledge or creating portals is
worthless if the content can't be effectively managed
and found when it's needed. The Content Management
track is open to attendees of both conferences. It's
a short, intensive course that includes information
on content integration, taxonomies, unstructured
data, how to develop a CM strategy, and the all-important "findability."
KMWorld & Intranets 2003 allows you to register
for just one of the two conferences. Purchasing the
Gold Pass lets you mix and match sessions in both.
An even better value is the Platinum Pass that includes
one full-day or two half-day pre-conference workshops,
plus both conferences.
You should receive the preliminary program for
KMWorld & Intranets 2003 by the time you read
this column. It's a dense, in-depth review of nearly
100 sessions, keynotes, and workshopsnot exactly
light reading. But tuck it into your pile of vacation
reading and then make plans to join us in Santa Clara
ITI conference planning begins with calls for working
librarians, subject experts, and library technologists
to submit proposals for speaking at the events. Hundreds
of unique, innovative projectsdesigned and
executed by our profession's best and brightestare
happening in libraries and information centers around
the country. But we can't learn about your hot project
or unique expertise and invite you to share your
work at a conference unless we know who you are.
The call for speakers for Computers in Libraries
2004 is at http://www.infotoday.com/cil2004. The
deadline for proposals is Aug. 1. Volunteer today!
Garman is Information Today, Inc.'s director of conference
program planning. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.