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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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PreConference Workshops – Tuesday, March 21

Workshop 1 — Searchers Academy
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. [FULL DAY]

MODERATOR: Mary Ellen Bates, Principal, Bates Information Services
FACULTY: Chris Sherman, Editor, SearchEngineWatch
Gary Price, Director, Online Resources, Ask Jeeves & Publisher,
Greg Notess, Publisher, Search Engine Showdown
Mary Ellen Bates, Author,
Super Searchers Cover the World & Super Searchers Do Business

Want to sharpen your skills? Learn from the experts? Join search veterans, speakers, authors, and columnists from Searcher, ONLINE, and EContent magazines and the "Super Searcher" series of books to learn the latest strategies and techniques for searching online. This fast-paced, day-long event introduces you to the experts who share their searching secrets and expertise as they focus on the most current practices in the field of Web research. There’s always something new to be learned from leading-edge panelists. Participants should have basic experience with Web searching, but even searchers with extensive Internet background will find tips to polish and advance their skills and will certainly come away with new resources and tools. Academy topics include:

  • Search Engine Review: A look at key features of general-purpose and highly specialized search engines, specialized directories, and guides.
  • Searching the NEW Web: Learn about what's new in searching podcasts, social bookmarking services, and other portions of the “new Web.”
  • Tips for Using the Top Search Engines: An in-depth review of the hidden and undocumented features of Google and Yahoo!.
  • Cool Tools & Techniques: Learn about new resources and tools for searching more effectively.

Workshop 2 — Web Managers Academy: Building Next-Generation Library Web Sites
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. [FULL DAY]

Darlene Fichter, Data Library Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University
Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
Marshall Breeding, Director, Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University

You’ve done usability testing, you’ve done some redesign, but you still need to make your site more responsive to your customers’ needs. Come and learn about the latest trends and techniques to create more customer/patron-friendly Web sites. Leave with a clear understanding of what federated searching and OpenURL resolvers are and how both can improve your Web site; how to enable publishing of customized and personalized content; and the latest in good design and usability research and practice. Topics include:

  • Maximizing the ROI for a library’s Web site
  • Web content management systems
  • Designing with Web standards: CSS and XHTML
  • Usability research update
  • New tools such as federated search, link resolvers, and Web services

The session provides opportunities for discussions and sharing expertise with other attendees. Taught by experienced experts, this workshop is a good, 1-day crash course for Web development managers wanting to move to the next level.

Workshop 3 — Advanced Weblogs: Applications, Technology, Cases
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Steven M. Cohen, Senior Librarian, PubSub Concepts, Inc., & Editor, LibraryStuff.Net

This workshop focuses on the more advanced features of Weblogs and RSS. Topics include how to get the most out of Weblogs and RSS (marketing, creating a user community), resources for a more customized approach to RSS, and ways in which both can be implemented into the library environment. It uses case studies to illustrate applications and best practices and highlights the affordable, applicable technology for making these applications work.

It provides opportunities for peer discussions as well as working with the advanced features of the tools discussed.

Workshop 4 — Social Tools for Your Library
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Aaron Schmidt,
Reference Librarian, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, and author of

Socialize your library with the latest social software—instant messaging, Weblogs, wikis, social browsers, Flickr, Delicious, and more. Use these new technologies to create and cement your online presence within your community whether you are a public, academic, special, or school library. Filled with practical examples of libraries utilizing these techniques, this workshop provides lots of easy-to-implement ideas within your environment.
Workshop 5 — Teaching the Internet
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

D. Scott Brandt, Purdue University Libraries
Michael Stephens, Technology Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library

It's 2006 ... do you know where your staff and patrons are? No doubt immersed in technologies like blogs and wireless! And no doubt you could use some help sharpening your knowledge in tech areas and enhancing your skills in teaching them. That’s why two savvy and experienced technology trainers bring you the latest in techy skills! New content covers blogs, cookies, e-books, firewalls, iPods, messaging, metadata, mobile devices, podcasts, RSS, search engines, spoofs & spyware, and wireless with minitraining components covering each topic! New techniques offer more exercises and evaluations and lots of take-aways! Try to keep up with our energized experts: The objective is to teach trainers how to teach these topics, but non-trainers are invited to attend to learn as well.
Workshop 6 — Current Awareness Delivery Options
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Gary Price, Co-Author, The Invisible Web, Director, Online Resources, Ask Jeeves & Publisher,
Genie Tyburski, Web Manager, The Virtual Chase, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP

Electronic current awareness services are critical for users of all types of libraries and information services. This practical, half-day workshop provides an overview of the many options for delivering specialized current information. Nationally known experts Price & Tyburski examine current awareness needs and choices from start to finish; look at strategies, tools, and resources for gathering new information; and investigate delivery technologies. Learn about the pros and cons of initiating such services via e-mail and Web-based newsletters, Weblogs, k-logs, and RSS/XML newsfeeds. Get up to speed on the latest techniques and thinking on this crucial topic.
Workshop 7 — Advanced Thinking for Serious Web Searchers
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rita Vine, Search Portfolio

This workshop focuses on where information lives and how to find it. It is designed for experienced searchers who want to sharpen their information seeking skills and go beyond subject-based keyword searching in large, undifferentiated search engines. You'll learn to think about the likely types of information sources that may contain the information you want. And you'll use that knowledge to help target your information hunt in more sharply focused, specialized databases.
Workshop 8 — Technology Planning for Libraries
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Michael Stephens, Technology Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library

Optimizing and deploying new technologies requires effective technology planning. How do we serve our users with innovative technology and still remain within our budgets? This workshop discusses current hot technologies such as RFID, Wi-Fi, MP3, DRM, and federated searching and how these technologies might fit into library technology plans. It covers what to consider when planning new technology initiatives, including cost, training, ROI, staffing, etc. Technolust (defined as wanting technology for the sake of technology) is a frequent pitfall for technology enthusiasts. Learn how to create a well-written technology plan that serves as a guide to help you avoid technobust!
Workshop 9 — Creating Online Tutorials in Less Than 30 Minutes
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Greg Notess, Montana State University

Online tutorials used to be extremely time intensive to create. With the increase in reference and instruction to distant users in all types of libraries, and the need for just-in-time learning in many organizations, we need quicker ways to create tutorials to transfer information and demonstrate online library resources. New tools make it quick and easy to create online demonstrations and tutorials with a minimum of effort, to record screen actions, and to add a voice commentary. Explore using software such as Camtasia, Captivate, and Wink to quickly create online tutorials for your distance users.
Workshop 10 — Building Taxonomies for Information Retrieval: A Hands-On Workshop
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Marjorie Hlava, President, Access Innovations

Taxonomies provide the key to precise information retrieval. A well-built taxonomy is part of the foundation of the information architecture underlying Web sites and corporate intranets, connecting search queries to relevant content in databases. This workshop covers the rules for thesaurus construction, explores terms and source materials, and explains each part of the thesaurus record. We work on multiple hands-on exercises demonstrating various aspects of thesaurus construction and then build a mini-taxonomy.

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