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The Global Conference and Exhibition on Electronic Information & Knowledge Management
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Attend these brief tutorials on practical, hot topics and learn tips, techniques, and ideas that you can take back to your office and put to work immediately. The CyberClinics are running in the InfoToday 2003 Exhibit Hall every hour on the hour, and are open to all conference and exhibit hall attendees. You don't need to register, just stop by the CyberClinic Theatre in the Exhibit Hall at the scheduled times.

Plan now to attend these "bonus" sessions packed with great information you can use in your daily work!

Tuesday May 6th

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Buying Content: 10 Tips for Negotiating License Agreements
Gail Dykstra, Dykstra Research
Buying content is not an off-the-shelf shopping experience. Here are 10 lessons and skills you can learn to become more successful and confident in negotiating licenses for electronic content for your digital library or organization.


12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
A New Era for Smart Search
Ian Hersey, Senior Vice President of Development & Strategy, Inxight, Inc.
Scattered or inaccessible data that resides in unstructured text sources such as MS-Office files, intranet pages, email, customer contact logs, and the open web has created a major challenge for anyone who needs to organize and find information. Inxight is working on solving this problem so that users can pinpoint and retrieve exact information they need. Get a glimpse of the potential for "smart searching" and Inxight's work in this area.

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Browser Tips
Greg Notess, Reference Librarian, Montana State University
Browser and desktop mousing and keystrokes can slow down the whole search-and-retrieval process. Learn about several shortcuts that are available in the Web browsers and find out how to speed up your desktop navigation with keyboard shortcuts and mouse tricks.
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Bates' Best Sites for Competitive Intelligence
Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Service
The Web is a great resource for keeping track of what your competitors are doing and what people are saying about your own products and company. This practical clinic covers key sources and strategies for competitive intelligence gathering.
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Content Management & Linguistics: Case Studies
Jean Poncet, CEO & Chief Architect, Pertimm, Tech Source, Inc.
Hear three quick case studies that illustrate a content management solution in action. One showcases a database of content collected in native languages with the information automatically retrievable without translation; the second is an implementation that allows information retrieval, scientific watches on the web, dynamic web content management, and automatic finding of semantic links; the third describes a web subscription application by a company that publishes "encyclopedic" books in many technical and legal fields.

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Streaming Media: What, Why, How
Gary Price, Editor, The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk
Streaming Media New York is co-located with InfoToday 2003, and its exhibit hall is right next door. Get the basics on streaming media—what it is, why it is important to librarians, and the basics on how it is being used in libraries and businesses today—and then tour the Stream Media exhibits to learn even more about this exciting content medium.

Wednesday, May 7th
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Iraq War and the Aftermath
Donna Scheeder, Congressional Research Service
Keeping current with the war and peace efforts can be a daunting task. Join Donna Scheeder for her tour covering a selection of websites that supply current data and background information on a wide variety of topics and materials relating to this issue, including U.S. Policy options, military operations, diplomatic efforts, the economic consequences of war, maps of the region, and plans for Post-war Iraq. Sources of official documents and legislative tracking will also be briefly covered.
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
An XML Primer
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Technology, Northwestern University
You can't learn it all in 15 minutes, but find out why XML is the most important technical development for libraries since the Web, and where, why, and when you can apply XML to solve specific library problems and create additional opportunities.
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
How to Value Your Electronic Databases
Mary Sauer-Games, Director, Publishing, Chadwyck-Healey
How can you evaluate your electronic collection or attach a value to new electronic resources? One way is to consider the amount of usage the database realizes versus the overall cost. Learn how to apply this and other possible measurements to help you put a dollars-and-cents value on your electronic resources.
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Web Site Insights
Nicholas Tomaiuolo, Assistant Librarian, Central Connecticut State University
The Web challenges individuals at every level to evaluate its content, and end-users need all the help they can get. Want to know how long a site has been on the Web? Or see a snapshot of the way a page looked a couple of years ago? Curious about how many sites link to another? Ever had a question about a site but no contact information? This CyberClinic is for information consumers who are interested in site statistics, rankings, reviews, related sites, and what's behind the scenes on the Web sites you visit.
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Space Planning on a Budget
Alex Cohen, Aaron Cohen & Associates
Today's technological advances and requirements have dramatically increased the challenge of space planning in libraries. Get a quick glimpse of some of the issues, costs, and solutions, and take home some tips on how to do things right, even with limited funds.
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Five Cool Tools for Searchers
Sheri Lanza, Editor, CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research, Information Today, Inc.
Five Cool Tools for Searchers is a discussion and demonstration of at least five time-saving tools for the busy searcher. Join Sheri R. Lanza, author of Searcher’s Tools of the Trade column, as she shares the ins and outs of some of the tools she considers indispensable in her work as an information professional.
Thursday, May 8th
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Library Automation Systems
Marshall Breeding,
Vanderbilt University
Get a quick overview from a library automation expert on the key criteria for evaluating library automation systems, which ones you should take a close look at, and some tips for implementation.
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Stupid Search Mistakes
Marydee Ojala, Editor, ONLINE Magazine
Even expert searchers make mistakes—but the key is to learn what not to do next time. Hear about some bloopers and how to avoid them from search expert and the editor of ONLINE magazine.
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
How to Attract Search Engines to Your Site
Chris Sherman, Searchwise, Inc.
It's no longer enough to just put your site on the web and hope that visitors discover it. Learn a few quick tips and tricks from Chris Sherman about how to legitimately optimize your site so it will be found by the search engines and by your target audience.
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Five Easy Tricks for Extreme Searchers
Ran Hock, Online Strategies, Inc.
Get practical with Ran Hock, author of The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines, and learn five quick and easy search techniques that will help you do better searches.

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