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Computers in Libraries 2007
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North America’s Largest Technology Conference & Exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers
Computers in Libraries 2007 April 16 - 18, 2007
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA
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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.

PreConference Workshops – Sunday, April 15

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

Mary Ellen Bates,
Principal, Bates Information Services
Gary Price,
Director, Online Resources, & Publisher,
Mary Ellen Bates, Author,
Super Searchers Cover the World & Super Searchers Do Business
Marcy Phelps, Phelps Research

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 these leadingedge 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 will include:

  • Search Engine Review: 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, tracking memes, social bookmarking services, and other portions of the “new Web.”
  • Tips for Using the Top Search Engines: Get 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: Survival Guide for Library Web Site Redesigns
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. [FULL DAY]

Darlene Fichter, Head, Indigenous Studies Portal, 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

Does your library Web site need a redesign? What are the signs? Where do you start? One place to begin is by analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of your current site. Learn how to use Web site analytic tools to discover how the current site is used. Pick up new usability methods that can help you test proposed revisions early so that the new design doesn’t just “look” better, but also “works better” for the users. See how other libraries are using content management systems, database-driven content, federated search, and OpenURL resolvers to provide customized and personalized content for users. Explore how social software applications including blogs, wikis, tagging and RSS fit in the mix. Pack your toolbox and take home tips, tools, checklists, and new design techniques that you can immediately put to use. Learn about common pitfalls and success factors for library redesigns. Topics will include:

  • Redesign process
  • Practical project management
  • Web content management systems
  • Usability and ethnographic methods: affinity mapping, photo reports, and map diaries

Workshop 3 — Project Management for Libraries
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Mary Auckland, O.B.E., Consultant, & former Director, Library and Learning Resources, University of the Arts, London, UK

This half-day workshop explores the elements of successful project management and how projects might best be planned, implemented, and monitored. Aimed at anyone responsible for managing a project within their library or information organization, this interactive workshop encourages participants to share their own experiences and knowledge. It discusses key factors related to successful project management, methodologies and tools, proven techniques and tips for managing projects, and examples and case studies.

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

Aaron Schmidt,
Director, North Plains Public Library & Publisher,

Socialize your library with the latest social software—instant messaging, Weblogs, wikis, social browsers, Flickr,, and more. Use these new technologies to create and cement your online presence within your community whether you are part of 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 for your environment.
Workshop 5 — Simple Solutions for Dynamic Web Services Using RSS
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Amanda Etches-Johnson, Reference Librarian, McMaster University

Content syndication through RSS provides excellent potential for turning your static library home page into a dynamic resource for your users! This workshop provides tips, tricks, and tools for using RSS to deliver targeted content and Web services through simple syndication tools, OPML, and other powerful (but easy-to-use) RSS applications. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the potential applications of RSS tools within their own library settings and walk away with concrete techniques and strategies for implementing these tools to build dynamic Web services at their libraries.
Workshop 6 — Wikis: Basics, Tools, & Strategies
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Meredith Farkas, Distance Learning Librarian, Norwich University

Wikis allow for unprecedented collaboration and knowledge-sharing and have the potential to fill many needs within the library and information professions. This half-day workshop by an expert wiki creator discusses the basics of wikis—what they are, how they can be used, and how to successfully implement one at your library. It covers wiki concepts and uses many real-world applications to illustrate the power and ease-of-use of wikis. Learn about the many ways wikis can be used in libraries and the information industry. Gather lots of ideas and links to free resources for creating your own wikis as well as tips for making them uccessful in your environment.
Workshop 7 — Web 2.0: A Users’ Guide
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ran Hock, Online Strategies, & Author, The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook

It is time to separate out the hype regarding “Web 2.0” and get down to “What is it really?” and “What can it do for me?” After a brief look at the technical side, including the terminology, etc., this workshop focuses on what Web 2.0 is really about—the user—and looks at the central facets of Web 2.0, including participation, publication, social software, sharing, “the Web as platform,” and more. It is filled with examples of Web 2.0 in action, including some things you may already be using but just don’t realize it, plus things you should be planning to use, as well as a look at where Web 2.0 is headed.
Workshop 8 — Organization Charts & Structures for the 2.0 World
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones Associates

Traditional organizational hierarchies of “top down” or silo functions no longer work when we’re working with social software; are under pressure to create or change services at the speed of light; or are working closely with people in different departments, time zones, or countries. Teamwork and “working virtually” sound terrific, but the road to implementing them can be rocky. Structuring today’s organizations isn’t easy, and neither is the change that goes along with it — especially when it means giving up jobs, titles, offices, and departments that we’re used to. This workshop leads you through types of organizational structures to consider, how to choose one most suitable for your situation, and ways to keep smiling and sane while you introduce changes to your organization’s—and your own—working structures.
Workshop 9 — Tips & Strategies for Launching an IM Reference Service
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Amanda Etches-Johnson, Reference Librarian, McMaster University

IM the library! If your users are on instant messaging (IM), your library should be too! This workshop explores the potential for using instant messaging to communicate with users and provides participants with a road map for planning and launching an IM service at their library. Using case studies and real-world examples, the workshop covers a range of considerations, from planning and staffing to technological considerations and best practices, for running an IM reference service at your library.
Workshop 10 — Integrating RSS into Your Web Site
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

RSS feeds are an excellent way to receive information from the Internet. 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. This workshop also covers additional RSS tools and services, including one that will create feeds from content without its own feed and another that will turn your text-based content into a podcast automatically.
Workshop 11 — Tips for Effective Technology Change Agents
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Roy Tennant, User Service Architect, California Digital Library

To be effective libraries must adopt new technologies ever faster. But libraries are often bureaucratic, slow-moving organizations that require staff who are knowledgeable and effective change agents. How can you be such a person? What skills, strategies, and methods can you acquire and employ to help your organization move ahead quickly and effectively? What are the pitfalls and barriers you can avoid or overcome? Learn what it takes to be an effective advocate for change in your organization with practical tips and guidance from a battle-hardened technology warrior. Tennant covers planning strategies, sources for keeping up with technology, coping mechanisms and more.
Workshop 12 — Games, Gaming & Libraries
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Jenny Levine, Internet Development Specialist & Strategy Guide, American Library Association, & Publisher,
Aaron Schmidt, Director, North Plains Public Library, & Publisher,

If you don't know MMORPGs from DDR, this workshop is for you. It addresses two related aspects of gaming in libraries: hosting gaming events and gamings’ impact on learning. Learn how gaming can make your library more fun and how you can use gaming to participate in this developing form of literacy. Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to play some games, increasing their understanding of gaming’s appeal and possible applications in their environment.

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