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North America’s Largest Technology Conference & Exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers
Computers in Libraries 2008 April 7 - 9, 2008
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA
Final Program with Presentation Links Speaker List Exhibitor List/Floor Plan
CIL 2008 Wiki InfoToday Blog Coverage Previous CIL Conferences
Internet@Schools East 2008
A CD-ROM is available for purchase through The Digital Record (
The CD-ROM features audio and supplemental materials (such as PowerPoint slides) for many of the sessions at Computers in Libraries.
Orders are shipped approximately 6 weeks after the event.

View the 2008 InfoTubey Award Winners
The Second InfoTubey Awards: YouTube Productions@CIL 2008

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We are pleased to present the 23rd annual Computers in Libraries — the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition on all aspects of library & information delivery technology. Although the tools and technology available to libraries & information services have changed over the years, the excellent quality and range of both topics and speakers at Computers in Libraries 2008 remain the same.
Conference Overview

Integrating High Tech With High Touch

Libraries are at the forefront of experimenting with and adopting new technology, but are they as focused on their clients as they are on technology? New tools and processes have ignited creative content mashups, specialized and personalized services for community segments, and exciting new techniques for dealing with voluminous information flows. Now user-generated content in conjunction with new tools is shaping the new information world. Our conference theme, Innovative Change: Integrating High Tech With High Touch, focuses on how libraries excel when technology advancements match the people capabilities. It highlights leading-edge online initiatives and innovations in all types of information enterprises, tools and techniques for enhancing user-friendly digital information flows, information discovery and visualization methods for dealing with today’s information overload, building new communities and supporting online connections in engaging ways, supporting change and training, and more. Join us at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover insights, strategies, and practices that will allow us to manage computers, libraries, digital information, and people in a cohesive, exciting, and productive way.

Hear from experts, practitioners, technologists and strategists—all from the information industry. For the first time, we have FIVE strong program tracks, and two special “streams” of programming aimed at government and special libraries. You can participate in sessions relating to information discovery and search, web design and development, integrating high tech with high touch, communities and collaboration, next-generation catalogs, social software, virtual services, open source, innovation and change, government libraries, content management, learning, planning, special libraries, search engines, gaming and virtual worlds, and more. With more than 150 knowledgeable speakers in five simultaneous tracks plus three dynamic keynotes, pre- and post-conference workshops, and an entertaining and informative evening program, CIL08 is a definite must-attend event. It caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge while providing many exciting networking opportunities. Join speakers, authors, and fellow participants in refreshment breaks, informal dinner groups, receptions, and more.

CIL08 features 24 in-depth workshops, including three academies — popular 1-day intensive updates by industry leaders — covering the latest searching tips by experts in the field, key hot topics for web managers, and the latest ideas and initiatives for academic libraries. Workshops are offered Sunday, April 6th and Thursday, April 10th.

Internet@Schools East 2008
If you are a K–12 library media specialist or school IT professional, this special 2-day conference sponsored by MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine is designed just for you. Convening on Monday, April 7 with the shared CIL/Internet@Schools keynote by Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Internet@Schools East offers a jam-packed program that will help you learn how to leverage the internet, make technology initiatives happen, and raise your professional profile and skill set.

Attendees may register separately for Internet@Schools East, or for a combination package that includes a registration for Computers in Libraries.

Plan to pick up some quick tips, take a sneak peek at new products, and learn new skills at short, free Cybertours in the Computers in Libraries 2008 Exhibit Hall. CLICK HERE for details.

Free Reception & Dine Arounds
Information Today invites all registrants, exhibitors, and exhibition visitors to a reception on Monday in the Exhibit Hall from 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

For further networking opportunities sign up online for our Dine Around groups. Join your colleagues, fellow conference attendees, and your hosts for terrific conversation, dinner on the town, and lots of fun you won't soon forget! Choose from a range of wonderful food and dining expeditions to great restaurants in the Arlington/Crystal City area.

CLICK HERE to sign up for for a Dine Around group!

Government & Special Libraries Streams
This year’s CIL event features two specialized streams of programs within the conference, each focusing on a different type of library — government libraries and special libraries.


Meet the Authors ...

... during the Reception in the Exhibit Hall from 5:00–5:45 pm at the Information Today, Inc. booth on Monday, April 7!

Meet authors Rachel Singer Gordon (What’s the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros and The NextGen Librarian’s Survival Guide), Marylaine Block (The Thriving Library: Successful Strategies for Challenging Times), Randolph (Ran) Hock, (The Traveler’s Web; The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook, Second Edition; and Yahoo! to the Max) , Michael P. Sauers (Blogging and RSS: A Librarian’s Guide), and Jane Dysart and Mary Lee Kennedy (Intranets for Info Pros) on Monday, April 7, from 5:00–5:45 pm at the Information Today, Inc. booth. Stop by to meet the authors and get your copy.

Tuesday Evening Session
Free and open to all registrants, exhibitors and exhibit visitors.

The Second InfoTubey Awards: YouTube Productions@CIL 2008

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bill Spence, VP, Information Technology,
Information Today, Inc.

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These awards are presented to those organizations or individuals for outstanding YouTube productions. Presented on the red carpet at the Computers in Libraries conference, these awards recognize those creating YouTube library-related productions. Awards are presented to the top five productions that demonstrate creativity and innovation in marketing a library or library services or enhancing the library's value. The winning productions will be shown at CIL 2008 on Tuesday evening, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. For a look at what happened last year, click here.

The submission deadline was Thursday, February 14th, 2008; we are no longer accepting nominations. All submissions will be judged by a panel of distinguished information professionals, and each of the five InfoTubey Award winners will receive one complimentary three-day conference pass to Computers in Libraries 2008 (a $469 value).

Sunday Evening Session
Join our gamers and gadget lovers for an evening of fun and playing. Bring your latest games and gadgets and try out each others’. See if you are a guitar hero, winning “Wii” bowler/golfer, or rank as a dancing “DDR” expert. Led by gamer/gadget gurus Jenny Levine and Aaron Schmidt, this evening is filled with fun, networking, and of course, learning and laughing. Refreshments included.

The Computers in Libraries exhibition will feature leading-edge companies offering the visitor a choice of products in all aspects of library technology, including web-based products and services, integrated library and information systems, online services, document delivery services, internet software tools, content suppliers, search services, and more. If you are looking for a particular product, evaluating competing systems, keeping up-to-date with new products and developments, be sure to visit the Computers in Libraries exhibition.

Conference Wiki
Check it out for conference tips, networking, sightseeing, and practice your wiki skills!

Organizing/Reviewing Committee
Program Chair Jane Dysart
Jane Dysart
Dysart & Jones Associates

Stephen Abram

Helene Blowers
Columbus Metropolitan

Marshall Breeding
Vanderbilt University
Susan Fifer Canby
National Geographic Society

Steven Cohen
Law Library Management

Darlene Fichter
University of Saskatchewan
Ellyssa Kroski
Columbia University

Jill Konieczko
US News & World Report

Kathy Dempsey
Editor, Computers in
Donna Scheeder
Law Library of Congress

Aaron Schmidt
North Plains Public Library

Michael Stephens
Dominican University

Media Sponsors:    
Computers in Libraries Information Today ONLINE Magazine
Searcher Magazine Multimedia & Internet@Schools Magazine Learning Partner:

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