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The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians
Computers in Libraries 2006 March 22-24, 2006
Hilton Washington
1919 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC
Managing Digital: Innovations, Initiatives & Insights
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PostConference Workshops – Saturday, March 25

Workshop 11 — Digital Initiatives: Ask The Expert
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Roy Tennant, California Digital Library

This informal and interactive workshop provides attendees with access to a digital expert who has been designing, developing, and troubleshooting digital libraries for many years. Possible topics for discussion include strategies for putting more stuff online, providing better and easier access to both your print and online collections, and effective tools and technologies. Bring your questions and challenges to this workshop where you create the agenda.

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Workshop 12 — Integrating RSS into Your Web Site
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Michael Sauers, Internet Trainer, BCR

RSS feeds are an excellent way to receive information from the Internet today. What many people don't know is that you can receive that information and easily repurpose and republish it on your Web site with little technical knowhow. Imagine automatically posting up-to-date local or industry headlines on your library’s home page. This is what you can do in just a few simple steps. Our expert Internet trainer shows you how to do just this.

Workshop 13 — Service Strategy: How to Get the Right “Mix” of Services
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rebecca Jones, Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates

Libraries and information centers have a long tradition of adding new services or enhancing existing services and programs in response to client needs and wants. This tradition results in a portfolio of services and products that grows with more “addition” than “subtraction.” But as resources continue to tighten, libraries need to make tough decisions that better balance the adding with subtracting. In the nonprofit and business environments, this is called service portfolio management. This workshop outlines what libraries can learn from other sectors by using a systematic method to make those tough decisions and effectively manage their service portfolios. The focus is on developing a service strategy and portfolio that best serves clients, today and tomorrow, without draining financial or human resources and is driven by the library’s mandate and goals.

Workshop 14 — Buying Digital Content: Negotiating Licenses for E-Content
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

K. Matthew Dames, Managing Partner, Seso Group LLC, & Executive Editor, CopyCense

Join our expert for a primer on negotiating licenses for electronic & database information. License agreements have become as common as the electronic information being protected. If you use Lexis, Factiva or JSTOR, you have consented to a content license agreement. This workshop helps you understand license agreements: the terms they contain; their relation to copyright law; and their impact on customers, institutions, and users. Most importantly, the workshop explains negotiating strategies that help buyers gain maximum value for their fees and preserve critical rights.
Workshop 15 — Implementing Federated Searching and OpenURL-Based Linking Services
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University
Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh

Federated searching is the next major service libraries will offer on the Web. At this workshop, using a case study approach, you'll learn how federated searching provides a single, unified interface to multiple products that results in better use of resources by your patrons. In addition to looking at what providers are available today, you'll explore what’s involved in implementing a federated search service and how it impacts the library overall. Finally, this workshop will demystify how new technologies and standards, such as OpenURL, OAI-PMH, SRU/SRW, and DOI, relate to these new services.
Workshop 16 — Digitization Project Management Essentials
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Jill Hurst-Wahl, Hurst Associates, Ltd.
K. Matthew Dames, Managing Partner, Seso Group LLC, & Executive Editor, CopyCense

Digitization is much more than converting a physical or analog object into its digital equivalent: It is about efficiently repurposing crucial information resources to improve an organization’s retention and use of information. Yet most digitization projects are doomed from the start because the focus is on the conversion process instead of other, critical pre-scanning issues such as selection criteria, preservation of original documents, metadata creation, software and hardware concerns; integration into existing systems; and legal issues. This workshop introduces the critical issues every organization must consider when approaching a digitization project, including the copyright issues inherent in any digitization project, and how copyright can govern whether or not a digitization project is even viable. It provides an update on the status of the world’s most famous digitization project: Google’s proposed digitization of the holdings of five of the world’s leading research libraries. Participants will leave with a conceptual understanding of the life cycle of a digitization project, allowing them both to investigate their own projects more critically, and move from working on a single project to creating an ongoing digitization program.
Workshop 17 — Mining Blogs & RSS for Research
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sabrina Pacifici, Law Librarian, Editor/Publisher of LLRX.COM

This workshop focuses on leveraging the best of free and low-fee Web sites as well as Web-related services to support research services. It includes “best of the Web” for CI (competitive intelligence), legislation, news, public services, government documents and information—sites you need to know about and incorporate in your daily work routine.
Workshop 18 — Personal Online Information Management Techniques & Resources
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ran Hock, Online Strategies & Author, The Extreme Searcher’s Guide to Web Search Engines & Yahoo! to the Max

Between the daily deluge of e-mail, the wealth of Internet resources, and the ringing telephone, even well-organized professionals usually have an information overload problem. This workshop identifies and helps you break some bad information habits while learning some new good ones. It discusses software resources and Internet techniques that will enable you to easily filter out information you don't need, identify and organize the things you do need to know, locate them again when you need them, and in general do your job more efficiently, effectively, and with less stress.
Workshop 19 — Observing & Analyzing Library Web Site User Behaviors
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Karen A. Coombs, Head, Web Services, University of Houston Libraries

In order for libraries to provide more effective and efficient Web services, they need to know how, where, when, and who is using their Web site and Web resources. This workshop provides tools and techniques regarding how you can observe the behavior of your online users in order improve your library’s online information, resources, and services. Explore Web server log files, proxy server log files, usability test data, statistics from the interlibrary loan system, and user breadcrumb trails as windows into user behavior. Examine the strengths and weaknesses of various techniques for observing library users from Web server log analysis to usability testing and user profiles. Discuss ways in which information captured can help create a picture of how the library’s Web-based resources are being used, including what services and resources are being used, the location of the use, and the path taken to discover services and resources. Leave with a clear understanding of the types of user data that can be gathered and how this data can be used to make informed decisions concerning your library Web site as well as other services.
Workshop 20 — Interoperability Standards & Searching Multiple Repositories
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ralph LeVan, Consulting Research Scientist, OCLC
Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress

While major search engines are content to pursue brute force indexing of ever larger snapshots of the unexamined Web, libraries and kindred agencies appreciate the value of federated searching of worthy targets, wellindexed. But efficiently searching multiple repositories running on disparate applications has often meant a significant investment by all parties in Z39.50 software to assure interoperability and expensive infrastructure to yield high performance. No longer. Meet the powerful, light, and nimble, next-generation search and retrieval protocols: SRU (Search and Retrieve URL Service), SRW (Search and Retrieve Web Service), MXG (NISO Metasearch XML Gateway Protocol), and Open Search. This workshop provides an introduction to these next-generation protocols as well as ZeeRex and Zing.
Workshop 21 — Mobile Searching & Computing for Libraries
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gary Price, Director, Online Resources, Ask Jeeves & Publisher,

This workshop looks at the fast-changing world of content in our mobile and digital world of smart phones, PDAs, etc. It is filled with tips and ideas for libraries and information services as they think about designing and delivering services for clients and the challenges in using mobile technology. It highlights current experiences by different types of libraries and looks at future possibilities for providing services in this manner. Our speaker and technology pioneer covers both the technology basics and content possibilities for using mobile technologies.

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