Annual Internet Librarian Conference and Exhibition
a Success in Monterey, California
December 20, 2004, Medford, New Jersey—Nearly
1,300 librarians and information professionals
gathered in Monterey, Calif., from November
15 through 17 for the Internet Librarian
2004 conference and exhibition. Sponsored
by Information Today, Inc. (ITI), Internet
Librarian is the only conference for
professionals using and developing Net-
and Web-based strategies.
Over the course of 3 days, attendees
joined together at Internet Librarian
to network with colleagues and learn
the newest techniques and applications
for Internet technologies. Internet Librarian
featured four keynote sessions, along
with more than 100 dynamic speakers in
four simultaneous program tracks, as
well as many in-depth learning events
and workshops. Lee Rainie, the director
of Pew Internet and American Life Project,
kicked off the conference sessions with
his keynote "Internet Librarians
Own the Future," discussing how
people use the internet, and how those
who know how to find, assess, and use
information are the ones to leap ahead.
Attendees were able to take advantage
of a number of different session topics
within each track to take advantage of.
With topics that included "Research
Tools: Turning Search into Research," "Building
a Business Case for Web Standards," "Digitizing
with Users & Communities," and
much more, attendees were able to get
information on the most recent
advancements in Internet uses and technology,
as well as tips and strategies. Of special
interest was the Internet Librarians'
Open Access Forum (Monterey) which followed
the successful Open Access Forum in London
in October. Including a recap from London,
ITI asked for input from the world's
library community, with top-notch speakers,
who provided a bevy of opinions and ideas.
Along with speakers and workshops, more
than 50 companies showcased their newest
technology and products at Internet Librarian.
Visitors were offered a look into the
most up-to-date services and products,
including software, online services,
document and Web delivery systems, and
more. Free cybertours were also available,
covering a wide range of topics and subjects,
such as Online Trends, Search Engine
Shortcuts, and Portal Implementation
Once again, the Internet Librarian conference
featured Internet@Schools West, a conference
within a conference for librarians and
media specialists using the Internet
in K-12 school systems. Dedicated to
helping attendees address practical concerns,
strategies, and applications, Internet@Schools
West was a valuable learning experience.
Sessions touched on concerns such as
getting everyone into and using a media
center, coping with technology and its
fallout, and ramping up research skills.
To find out more about events at the
2004 conference, view selected presentations,
or the full exhibitor list, visit the
Internet Librarian Web site at www.infotoday.com/il2004.
Internet Librarian 2005 will return
to Monterey, Calif., October 24–26, 2005.
For information on exhibiting or attending
Internet Librarian 2005, please contact
Information Today, Inc. at (800) 300-9868
[outside the U.S. call (609) 654-6266],
or visit us on the Web at www.infotoday.com.