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15th Annual Computers in Libraries Conference: New Location, More Great Programs

Medford, NJ, December 10, 1999—Information Today, Inc. is pleased to announce the 15th annual Computers in Libraries conference and exhibition, to be held March 15-17, 2000, at the Washington Hilton & Towers in Washington, DC. The most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition on library technology, CIL 2000 will help information professionals deal with the changes taking place in the information and information technology industries. 

The General Conference
Computers in Libraries 2000 will bring more than 100 dynamic speakers to its four simultaneous tracks, plus pre- and post-conference workshops, as well as an exciting and fun Wednesday evening program, and for the third year, the Computers in School Libraries 2000 conference within a conference.

Conference themes concentrate on key issues for information professionals working in libraries, developing information services and Web-based products, and searching or guiding content users. As intranet librarians and Webwizards share their experiences and representatives of national libraries share their best practices, other speakers will present programs on search engines, digitizing resources, content strategies, public libraries, e-resources, virtual services, integrating systems and technology, knowledge management, training, instruction and learning, and trends for the future. Sessions present leading-edge applications and case studies, including practical ideas and solutions that allow attendees to transfer proven strategies to their own library or information service. 

Computers in School Libraries 2000
Computers in School Libraries 2000, a conference within the conference, taking place Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, will provide more in-depth coverage of technology and its impact on the practices and practical concerns of librarians, teachers, and school library media specialists in the K-12 education system.

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops
In addition to the Computers in Libraries general conference and Computers in School Libraries conference, many pre- and post-conference workshops will be offered on a variety of topics. Pre-conference topics include knowledge management, advanced Web searching, and JavaScript applications. Likewise, post-conference topics include quality assessment, digital licensing, and security issues and the library Web.

Wednesday Evening Session
Free and open to all registrants, exhibitors, and exhibit visitors, this year’s Wednesday evening session, Technology & Knowledge Forum: A Look at Dead & Emerging Technologies, focuses on those technologies that will, and will not, allow librarians to transfer knowledge to clients in easy, cost-effective, and relevant ways. 

The Exhibition
The CIL 2000 exhibition will feature over 100 exhibiting companies, offering visitors a variety of products and services in all aspects of library technology, including online services, Internet software tools, Web-based products and services, integrated library and information systems, CD-ROMs, document delivery services, content suppliers, and more. This year’s exhibitors include the following companies:

3M Library Systems Information Today, Inc.
Blackwell’s Information Services Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
CARL Corporation NewsBank, Inc.
EBSCO Information Services OCLC
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online SilverPlatter Information
The Faxon Company Special Libraries Association
The Gale Group U.S. Census Bureau
Grolier Educational Winnebago Software Company

Beyond the Conference
Wonderful food and dining expeditions to the fine restaurants of the Washington, DC area are also on this year’s schedule. Plan to join colleagues for an evening of terrific conversation, great food, and lots of fun! 

Additionally, Information Today invites all registrants, exhibitors, and exhibition visitors to receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, providing an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and to meet new colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.

Although the technology and tools available to libraries may have changed over the years, the excellent quality and range of both topics and speakers at Computers in Libraries 2000 remain the same. For more information concerning the conference please call 800/300-9868 or 609/654-6266, e-mail, or log on to the Information Today, Inc. Web site at

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