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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


Conference Overview

We are pleased to present the 19th 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 2004 remain the same.

Three Keynotes & 90 Programs for one Low Price!

Computers in Libraries 2004 is full of examples of creative, working strategies and many practical ideas for what can be accomplished in our libraries and information services. Join us at Computers in Libraries 2004 and hear from experts, practitioners, and strategists — all from the information industry. With four strong program streams you can participate in sessions relating to navigating and searching, Web design and development, content management systems and strategies, working and learning electronically, search engines, Web tools and practice, optimizing technology, information and knowledge exchange, communities, and of course, lots and lots more.

CIL 2004 brings more than 100 knowledgeable speakers to four simultaneous tracks during the conference, plus three dynamic keynotes, pre- and postconference workshops, and an entertaining and informative evening program. This conference caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge and provides many exciting networking opportunities. Join speakers, authors, and fellow participants in refreshment breaks, informal dinner groups, receptions, and more.

Internet@Schools East

From the opening keynote on blogging in the classroom to the endnote on teaching with computers and curriculum integration strategies, Internet@Schools East challenges, inspires, and informs school library media specialists and technology center managers. This specialized two-day conference, sponsored by MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, is on Thursday and Friday, March 11-12, and features four half-day program tracks and twenty knowledgeable speakers. See the Internet@Schools East Web pages for the daily schedule and full program details.

Organized by David Hoffman, Editor, MultiMedia & Internet@Schools.


Featuring three academies — one day intensive updates by industry leaders — covering the latest searching tips by experts in the field, key hot topics and techniques for Web managers, as well as the trends and ideas for working with intranets and portals discussed in the Intranet Professionals Academy.

A selection of full day academies and half day preconference workshops are offered Tuesday, March 9 and postconference workshops on Saturday, March 13. Topics include: tools for successful technology planning, blogging, how to teach what learners want to know, search engines beyond Google, Techstorm — technology brainstorm, current awareness delivery options, making learning stick, usability guidelines for organizing Web sites, Web authoring, practical XML & XSLT, online job hunting & staffing, measuring in libraries, new Web standards, evaluating cybersecurity, and more.


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 2004 Exhibit Hall. Click here For more details.

Wednesday Evening Session

Free and open to all registrants, exhibitors and exhibit visitors.

TechForum 2004: Looking at Dead & Emerging Technologies
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

MODERATOR: D. Scott Brandt, Technology Training Librarian, Purdue University Libraries

PANELISTS: Darlene Fichter, Data Librarian, University of Saskatchewan & Northern Lights Internet Solutions
Bill Spence, CTO, Information Today, Inc.
Jenny Levine, Suburban Library System & Publisher, The Shifted Librarian
Andrew K. Pace, Head, Systems, NCSU Libraries
Stephen Abram,
President-elect, Canadian Library Association

Firmly in the knowledge age, organizations and communities are striving to become learning organizations and centers, and librarians are even more critical to the transfer of knowledge in these learning environments. Our popular “dead technology” session focuses this year on those technologies that will, and will not, allow us to transfer knowledge to our clients in easy, cost-effective, and relevant ways. This session features some new views as well as some of our long-term Computers in Libraries experts, pioneers, and practitioners. It is free and open to all registrants, exhibitors, and exhibit visitors. Come and hear our panel’s predictions of future-challenged technologies as they praise and condemn available and emerging technologies.

Coffee and Danish Hours

Get the day off to a great start by joining us for coffee and danish each morning from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the International Ballroom Center before the keynote session.

Free Receptions & Dine-Arounds

Information Today invites all registrants, exhibitors, and exhibition visitors to receptions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the Exhibit Hall. They
provide opportunities to renew acquaintances and meet new colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. For further networking opportunities sign up online at for our Dine-Around groups.

Speakers Room

The Bancroft Room will be available Wednesday through Friday for speakers to help them prepare for their presentations.


CD-ROMs will be available for all sessions through The Digital Record. Orders can be placed at the conference and will be fulfilled in approximately 4-6 weeks. Or, call 703-683-8273.

Meet ITI’s Authors

Visit the ITI booth (booth #410) during each morning coffee break Wednesday through Friday to meet the featured author of one of ITI’s newest books. On Wednesday stop by to meet Mary Ellen Bates, on Thursday, Ran Hock, and on Friday, Rachel Singer-Gordon. We are offering a special 40% discount (valid only the day that featured author will be at the booth) during the coffee break.


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.

See the registration page to sign up for your free Exhibit Hall pass.

Program Chair
Jane I. Dysart, Dysart & Jones Associates

Organizing/Review Committee
Stephen Abram, President-elect, Canadian Library Association
D. Scott Brandt, Purdue University Libraries
Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University
Mary Lee Kennedy, Microsoft Corp.
Kathy Dempsey, Editor,
Computers in Libraries
Andrew Pace, North Carolina State University Libraries
Donna Scheeder, Congressional Research Service
Julia Schult, Hamilton College

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