The National Online Meeting
The 17th Annual National Online Meeting
The National Online Meeting, now in its 17th year, takes place at the
New York Hilton, from May 14-16, 1996.
This key event continues to bring together an inspiring blend of
information industry pioneers and practitioners from all over the
Unlike other events in the field, the National Online Meeting breaks
new ground each year, setting industry standards and rules, unveiling
new products and services, and provoking discussion--both practical
For our old and valued friends, the National Online Meeting promises a
wealth of presentations covering both traditional and new areas of
interest; for the newcomer, the range of stimulating sessions and
events offered by the program will serve as the most cost-effective
method of learning, establishing new contacts, and reviewing the
dynamic information scene.
Who Should Attend?
For anyone concerned with information, its distribution and its value
in decision making, this event is a must. Meet those who shape and
supply the information that helps business, government, and education
function effectively. This includes librarians, information
scientists, publishers, database producers, online vendors,
telecommunications professionals, market researchers, investment
analysts--the list is virtually endless. If you are involved in any
way with electronically retrieved information, then you will find
something of interest at this important meeting.
Whether one is a user, an educator, or a producer of database
services, there will be presentations of true significance for
everyone. A complete list of program offerings is contained on the
pages which follow.
The explosion and constant refinement of database products and
services available make it increasingly difficult to keep abreast of
this dynamic field. Product Review sessions allow users of online
databases and CD-ROM products to learn more about such services
directly from the producers and vendors. The National Online Meeting
is successful in gathering producers from all over the world under one
roof. It gives you the only cost-effective opportunity to meet and
talk face to face with the suppliers of the services you use and
acquire during the rest of the year. Approximately 90 Product Reviews
will be given this year.
Online and CD-ROM Exhibition
The newest online and CD-ROM products, systems, and services will be
on display in the Exhibit Hall. Booths will be manned by knowledgeable
representatives, giving attendees many opportunities for discussion,
demonstrations, and "hands-on" experience. Over 160 online exhibits
are planned for the 1996 meeting. Exhibit hours are 10 AM to 6 PM on
May 14 and 15, and 10 AM to 4 PM on May 16.
For the ninth year, the National Online Meeting will host a separate
demonstration area for those interested in seeing CD-ROM products in
action. Called "CD-ROM Gallery," this exhibit will provide attendees
with the opportunity to see the leading CD-ROM and multimedia products
side by side and to make the cost and performance evaluations vital to
informed purchasing decisions. Approximately 30 CD-ROM publishers will
be exhibiting in 1996. CD-ROM Gallery will be open 10 AM to 6 PM on
May 14 and 15 and 10 AM to 4 PM on May 16.
Integrated Online Library Systems
For the eighth year in a row, the Conference on Integrated Online
Library Systems (IOLS) will be a "conference within a conference" at
the National Online Meeting. Attendance at IOLS '96 requires separate
Satellite Events are held on the days before and after the meeting to
help maximize the benefits of attending. These in-depth seminars are
listed and described at the end of this preliminary program.
Attendance at Satellite Events requires additional registration. (See
- The full 3-day conference registration costs $395 if paid by April 22, 1996, and $415 thereafter. Full registration includes a copy of the conference proceedings--a $59 value.
- Single day registration is accepted. The cost is $190 per day if paid by April 22, 1996, and $200 thereafter. Single day registrants do not receive the proceedings as part of their registration fees but may purchase copies at the discounted price of $30 (normal cost is
$59). Copies of the proceedings may be purchased at the meeting itself or through the registration form. (Note: this reduced price is for attendees only.)
- Registration includes coffee and danish each morning of the conference as well as a wine mixer on Tuesday, May 14.
- Hotel costs are not included in the registration fee.
How to Register
A registration form is included with this preliminary program. You may save a copy of the registration form, or submit your registration via e-mail. You may copy the registration form as many times as needed. Fax registrations are accepted, but please note that payment
must be received by April 22, 1996, to qualify for the "Early-Bird" discounts.
The 17th National Online Meeting and IOLS '96 will be held at the New
York Hilton, which is located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas in New
York City. All official program activities will be held at this hotel.
A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees and exhibitors at
substantially reduced rates. In order to obtain these rates, however,
hotel reservations should be made through the official housing bureau,
Blenheim Travel Services (see "Travel & Hotel" below). Additional
information will be mailed to attendees upon receipt of meeting
The National Online Meeting is sponsored by Information Today, Inc.,
publisher of Information Today, Link-Up, Searcher: The Magazine for
Database Professionals, and Computers in Libraries.
- Program Chair
- Martha E. Williams -- University of Illinois
- Organizing/Reviewing Committee
- Charles Rubenstein -- Pratt Institute
- Stephen P. Harter -- Indiana University
- Howard Turtle -- West Publishing
- Mickie A. Voges Piatt -- Chicago-Kent School of Law
- Ieva O. Hartwell -- Consultant
- Eve-Marie Lacroix -- NLM
- Bonnie Lawler -- Advanced Research Technologies
- Richard S. Marcus -- MIT
- W. David Penniman -- University of Tennessee
- Beth Duston -- Information Strategists
- Who to Contact
- Registration -- Registration Desk
- Exhibits Manager -- Carol Nixon
- Advertising Sales -- Mike Zarrello
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike
Medford, NJ 08055
Travel & Hotel
Blenheim Travel Services, Inc. has been designated the official
housing bureau and travel agency for the National Online Meeting and
IOLS '96. For all hotel reservations, please call Blenheim Travel
Services at 201-444-0060, or toll free (in the U.S.) 800-829-2281. If
you prefer to fax your travel plans, the fax number is 201-444-0062.
The New York Hilton's reduced guest room rates for National Online
Meeting attendees range from $160 to $195 for a single room and $180
to $215 for a double. Please call Blenheim Travel early to get the
lower rates. If Hilton rooms are no longer available, Blenheim Travel
can assist you in finding other accommodations nearby.
In addition, discounted airfares have been arranged on the lowest
restricted fares as well as on nonrestricted coach fares. Advance
booking and specific rules apply. All major credit cards are accepted.