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The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians
Computers in Libraries 2004 March 10-12, 2004

Hilton Washington
1919 Connecticut Ave. NWWashington, DC 20009


Free CyberTours
Wednesday, March 10 Thursday, March 10 Friday, March 12

Exhibit Hall Hours 
Wed., March 10: 9:45 AM to 5:45 PM
Thu., March 11:  9:45 AM to 5:45 PM
Fri., March 12:  9:45 AM to 3:15 PM
Listen and learn at a series of free cybertours and information sessions for all Computers in Libraries 2004 Exhibit Hall visitors. Taking place at the CyberCorner in the Exhibit Hall, these cybertours cover a range of topics & subject areas. They are open to all and add value to your visit. Space is limited so it’s first-come, first-served.

Join our Net savvy Web experts for a look at their favorite sites and topics! There is no need to register, simply pick the cybertour of interest and arrive at our CyberCorner within the CIL 2004 Exhibit Hall at the appropriate time. 

Wednesday, March 10

Online Trends
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

What’s happening in the online world? What should we be studying, thinking about and using? Mary Ellen Bates, industry expert and author of Super Searchers Do Business & Super Searchers Cover the World shares her opinions in this conference nugget session. Hear what an expert searcher and writer has to say about trends in the online world.

What is RFID?
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

This cybertour provides definitions, descriptions of uses in libraries, and examples of the benefits of this new technology known as Radio Frequency Identification. Chris Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing, & Scott Hackstadt, Director of Technology, Vernon Library Supplies discuss the use RFID in circulation, security and inventory.

Cool Web Search Tools
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

This session reviews several new web search tools, and some old favorites, which can make your searching more
effective.  Gary Price, Publisher,, and Co-Author, The Invisble Web, shares his knowledge and

Favorite Google Tricks
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Need some new tricks to keep ahead of your clients? Google can do a lot more than point you to Web pages, if you know how to use it. Join Chris Sherman, Search Engine Watch, as he shares his favorite Google tips for coaxing the most out of the world's most popular search engine.

Stalking The Wild (Privately-held) Company
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Finding information on publicly-held companies has become fairly straightforward, but how do you get the straight dope on private companies? Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services & author of Super Searchers Do Business, takes you on a whirlwind tour of the best sources and techniques for tracking down information on the elusive privately-held companies.

Making Your Web Site Usable
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Hear the top ten tips from an experienced Web designer and developer for making your site usable and readable to those you most want to reach. Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University fills this session with tips you’ll want to try in your own environment.

Thursday, March 11

eBooks: Creating Customized Virtual Resource Centers
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m

This cybertour, by Mary Mercatante, VP & Bonnie Hawkwood, Product Manager, Thomson Gale, highlights several case studies of libraries integrating ebooks into their resource offerings, using them to develop collections, or virtual reference libraries.

Elections ’04 Cybertour
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Need to track the U.S. presidential and congressional elections? Need to answer questions about who’s running in which primaries, who’s ahead in the race for convention delegates, and who is ahead in the polls? Whether you need to be an instant expert or are just a political junkie at heart, Donna Scheeder, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress takes you to the best sites for staying current on events in the present cycle and the history of elections past.

Five Easy Tricks for Extreme Searchers
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Ran Hock, Online Strategies & author of The Extreme Searcher’s Guide to Web Search Engines reveals his secrets in this cybertour. As an expert searcher, he looks at five quick and easy techniques that all serious searchers should know about and profit from.

Researching International Business Statistics on the Web
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Country statistics are increasingly available on the Web, published by official organizations such as IMF and World Bank, and government sites such as national statistical offices. In this cybertour, Tim Walker, Sales Manager, Euromonitor International shares Euromonitor’s 30 years of experience researching this type of information by demonstrating the best sources to consult, both free and paid, with key considerations of quality – i.e. accuracy and reliability of statistics.

Search Engine Toolbar Cybertour
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Every search engine now seems to have a toolbar that supposedly makes it easier to use. Are toolbars still cool? Are they worth the browser screen space? What are the benefits of plugging in a search toolbar to your browser? Many already use Google’s toolbar and maybe you’ve upgraded to the new version. Are there better ones? Come see which ones this searcher, Stephen Abram, President-elect, Canadian Library Association, finds useful.

Blogging Basics
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

So what is blogging? Why is it important to librarians and how can they use it in their work? Hear from Darlene Fichter, Data Librarian, University of Saskatchewan, an Internet pioneer, and a blogging expert.


Friday, March 12

Using Weblogs to Jump Start Your Career
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Increasing the distribution of library content to your users is a common use for Weblogs, but how can individual librarians use Weblogs to help their career at any point in their professional life? Steven Cohen, the creator of the Library Stuff Weblog discusses the methods for becoming a “blogger” writing for the library field, and how creating and writing a Weblog can increase your visibility and marketability with potential employers.

Essential Power Searching Tools
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Searching is more than just finding information—it's also about managing, storing and sharing what you find. Hear from Chris Sherman, Search Engine Watch, who monitors search engine tools on a daily basis, as he looks at some of the best tools that can help you with all of those activities.

Hot Off the Presses: Cybertour of News Sources
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Jimmy Olsen, get in here! A quick look at some key resources for locating the hottest news, the most far-reaching news, the newest news, and even the oldest news on the Internet. Join, Ran Hock, Online Strategies & author of The Extreme Searcher’s Guide to Web Search Engines, for this information packed cybertour!

Visual Interfaces
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

What you see – is pretty good! Join this wild and whacky cybertour of the top visual interfaces for Web sites or OPACs. What do they do? Why are they cool? Do they increase information seeking behaviors? Do they provide more context for search result displays? Come and hear Stephen Abram, President-elect, Canadian Library Association, discuss what happens when you think beyond words.

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