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Eighth 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 Collections," "Partnerships 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 Challenges.

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

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], e-mail, or visit us on the Web at

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