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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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General Conference — Wednesday, April 18
Track A Track B Track C Track D

Keynote — World Digital Libraries
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. • Regency Ballroom

John Van Oudenaren, Senior Advisor, World Digital Library Initiative, Library of Congress (LC)

Hear what’s happening with respect to a world digital library from LC and collaborating institutions worldwide that are striving to develop a plan for a World Digital Library (WDL). The plan will identify issues related to digitization and organization of WDL collections, including presentation, maintenance, standards and metadata, and the selection of primary materials representing all world cultures. The plan will also identify resources required to digitize and launch an online presentation of the WDL. Hear about the plan’s progress, partners, and see what the future might look like for a WDL.

Discovering and finding information is a shared goal of info pros and users alike. This series of programs looks at what’s new for researchers and highlights many tools and tips for efficient information discovery and findability.

Moderated by Susan Fifer Canby, VP, Libraries & Information Services

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session A301 — 30 Search Tips
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services

Want to turbo-charge your Web research? This popular session, updated to the minute, is jam-packed with valuable tips about how to search the Web more effectively. You don’t need to be an expert to use these techniques, but even long-time researchers will learn some new tricks!

Session A302 — Keeping One Click Ahead: Best of ResourceShelf
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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

Keeping up with all the changes in our industry and one step ahead of our clients is one of the biggest challenges for info pros. Our expert shares his top tips and techniques from the search and search engine world to equip you with what you need to stay in step with our fast-changing online information world.

Lunch Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session A303 — Searching, Finding, and the Information Professional
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Marydee Ojala, Editor,
ONLINE Magazine

Understanding the brave new world of search is a constant challenge for information professionals. Information retrieval has a curiously archaic ring as we consider Web search, findability, and alternative sources. Not only should researchers be fluent in traditional online search, but they also need to learn Web search techniques, understand how semantic clustering and automated indexing will affect search results, and grasp the nuances of incorporating nontextual information into their research routine. The future lies in less searching, more finding.

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session A304 — Federated Search: State of the Art
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

In order to identify a federated search system that meets your institution’s needs, you need to know what’s available. From just a few key players a few years ago, the federated search marketplace has taken off, with numerous vendors, some familiar, some not, offering a multitude of systems with different feature sets. From basic search and retrieval to clustering and visualization, this session describes the array of products available and helps you make sense of the dynamic federated search marketplace.
Session A305 — Book Search Engines Update
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Greg Notess, Publisher,

Step back from the copyright debates and compare how Google Book Search, the Open Content Alliance, individual publishers’ initiatives, and Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” actually work. What are their limitations? Learn how best to use these new tools to find the information needed within books online.

Using new tools, systems and strategies to thrive in a 2.0 world, our speakers provide practial advice, ideas, and working examples of digital systems and operations.

Moderated by Donna Scheeder, Law Library of Congress

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session B301 — The New Library Automation Landscape
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies & Research, Vanderbilt University Library

Over the course of the last 2–3 decades, the library automation industry has followed a relatively leisurely evolution, mostly focused on computerizing traditional library processes. The rapid changes in the global information landscape present enormous challenges to libraries and the companies involved with building library software, especially in the transition to increased proportions of digital content. Web services have gained wide acceptance as the preferred approach for interoperability. Open source software continues its rise in the library automation space. More importantly, user expectations have risen. Web-savvy users come to the library with little tolerance for clunky and unintuitive systems. Libraries urgently need better and more innovative software. Breeding gives his assessment on how the library automation industry as a whole, and each of the major companies, have changed to meet these challenges.

Session B302 — Catalogs/OPACs for the Future
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Roy Tennant, User Services Architect, California Digital Library
Tim Spalding, LibraryThing

Our panelists, leading experts, build on their popular CIL session from 2006. They once again take a look at the current state of the art of integrated library systems and speculate where OPACs are going in a 2.0 world.

Lunch Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session B303 — Improving Content with Customer Conversations
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Rich Wiggins, Michigan State University & Author,
Search Analytics for Your Site

Making content searchable and usable is critical to libraries and search analytics can be the key to understanding customer needs, improving access, navigation and findability of content. Any organization that has a searchable Web site or intranet is sitting on top of hugely valuable and usually under-exploited data: logs that capture what users are searching for, how often each query was searched, and how many results each query retrieved. Search queries are gold: they are real data that show us exactly what users are searching for in their own words. Get tips, techniques and insights from our experienced practitioner and author.

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session B304 — Innovative Tools for Reference Service
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tomalee Doan, Head, & Hal Kirkwood, Instruction Coordinator, Management & Economics Library, Purdue University

This session focuses on tools used to enhance reference service, including the use of Footprints from Unipress, to manage reference-question workflow and tracking; the development and implementation of a customized library browser toolbar; and the creation of a concept/proximity map for visual database selection. It also highlights the Business Knowledge FAQ created by Wharton and implemented by a dozen or so top business schools as a shared databank of business reference questions. The more it is tapped into, the more it builds the knowledge bank.
Session B305 — Production to Portal: Info Delivery Channels
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations

People have nine different learning styles and accommodating those in the creation of a user interface and serving up data behind it which will really satisfy customer needs is crucial to the success of an information rich portal. This talk discusses key aspects for designing and delivering information, including examples of good and poor sites and the reasoning behind them. It covers the workflow necessary to approach the creation and maintenance of the sites over the long term as well as how to engage and retain users which will determine the success or failure of libraries in the years to come. Learn how to rethink and revamp your delivery channels.

By leading the way in institutional digital repository implementation, libraries have an opportunity to move from being passive transfer agents of information to active partners in dissemination. As digital publishing technologies transform the structure of scholarly communication, libraries must be—and, in some cases are—setting the pace. Join us for a look at the issues, key components, and working examples of digital repositories.

Moderated by Julia Schult, Groton Public Library

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session C301 — Repositories & Digital Initiatives
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Frank Cervone, Information Technology Librarian, Northwestern University

Institutional digital repositories are all the rage, but not all repositories are created equal. Learn about the issues involved in setting up a repository, what software is available, how a repository works, and how it can substantially improve digital preservation. Through this step-by-step road map and looking at examples of repositories that have been implemented, you’ll leave this session understanding key issues related to repositories and libraries and be ready to plan for your own.

Session C302 — Implementing DSpace at NASA
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Greta Lowe, Librarian, Library and Information Services Branch, Office of the Chief Information Officer, NASA Langley Research Center

This session looks at the implementation of the DSpace institutional repository system and development of the Langley Technical Library Digital Repository (LTLDR). LTLDR contains archival copies of core technical reports in the aeronautics area dating back to the NASA era and other specialized collections relevant to the NASA Langley community. Extensive metadata crosswalks were created to facilitate moving data from various systems and formats to DSpace. The Dublin Core metadata screens were also customized. The OpenURL standard and Ex Libris’ Metalib are being used in this environment to assist our customers with either discovering full-text content or with initiating a request for the item. Hear about the challenges, the experiences, and lessons learned.
Lunch Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session C303 — Museum-Library Digital Project Collaboration and the K–12 Community
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Emily Gore, NC ECHO Project Manager, State Library of North Carolina
Lynn Wagner, Executive Director, Tobacco Farm Life Museum
Linda Teel, Head, and Hazel Walker, Outreach Coordinator, Teaching Resources Center, Joyner Library, East Carolina University

This session discusses the NC ECHO’s Heritage Partners grant program and its support of the development of the Eastern NC Digital Library. Materials were evaluated through focus groups and workshops with area K–12 educators from varying disciplines to assess their needs and usability requirements. Three area museums also participated and interacted with educators to make artifact selections for digitization. The panel discusses the results, highlights the interface and site navigation, as well as the additional resources added. Bringing together museums, libraries and the K–12 community has many challenges, including a different vocabulary and means of describing and presenting objects. These challenges, along with the panels’ experiences and lessons learned, are discussed.

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session C304 — Repository Essentials: From Soup to Nuts
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Roy Tennant, University of California, Berkeley

This session describes what’s needed to create and manage an institutional repository, from software options to implementation models. It looks at the do’s and don’ts of building a repository, highlights applications, and provides lots of tips and cautions.
Session C305 — Repository Partnerships & Faculty
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Suzanne Bell, Economics/Data Librarian, University of Rochester

Institutional repositories (IRs) are the hot new project for libraries around the world. IRs represent roles we are already adept at: collection and preservation of materials and making them accessible to others. But IRs also offer an expanded role, the collection now coming from our own academic communities. We are, in essence, acting as publishers for their work to the world. The problem is that part about “coming from our own communities” — in many cases the material isn’t coming. This session explores the issues, what to try, and what to avoid. Even the challenge of trying to collect content, however, presents an opportunity for working more closely with faculty on something they truly care about—their research.

To keep up with a fast changing 2.0 world, we need lot of new ideas and insights to fuel the innovations in our libraries and our services. This series of talks presents new trends in the mobile arena, looks at new ways to reinvent your library buildings and services as well as your virtual presence, and will definitely stimulate your thinking for the future.

Moderated by Jill Konieczko, Library Director, U.S. News & World Report

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session D301 — Trends in Mobile Tools & Applications for Libraries
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Megan Fox, Web & Electronic Resources Librarian, Simmons College

Fox provides a fast-paced overview of the current hardware available and how new technologies are making hand-held computers not just palatable but preferable for on-the-go users. She highlights the latest developments in applications for mobile and hand-held tools and how these can and are being utilized by libraries and information seekers of all kinds. Come hear what’s happening with traditional information vendors and mobile interfaces, the mobile optimized Web, point-of-need answers, reference texting, and multimedia (such as podcasting and location-free TV) for your mobile device.

Session D302 — Reinventing the Library in the Internet Era
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Rebecca Ranallo Kahl, Internet & Media Services Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Aniel Sud, Ektron, Inc., & Clyde Miles, EVP, Optiem

Some say libraries are struggling to remain relevant in the Internet era—and for many libraries, the challenge is real. But don’t tell that to Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) officials. Their vision is to become the public’s first source of information and to position the library as a national leader by providing innovative, high-quality programs and services. This case study discusses their strategies and experiences in making their vision a reality. They worked with an up-and-coming, local interactive marketing agency to redesign their site and implement a Web content management system that offers extensive resources to visitors, including access to research, events, and classes with online registration, book clubs, blogs written by subject-matter experts, and special sections for targeted audiences, such as teens, seniors, and teachers. Site visitors can “take out” downloadable files, such as e-books, audio books, and videos. Hear about
CCPL’s creative solutions for being a valuable resource to the community.

Lunch Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session D303 — Building Libraries in Virtual Worlds
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Lori Bell, Director, Innovation, Alliance Library System
Matt Gullett, Educational Technology, &
Kelly Czarnecki, Teen Librarian, Imaginon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library
Tom Peters, CEO, TAP Information Services

Virtual worlds such as Second Life, Active Worlds, and World of Warcraft are growing at amazing and increasing rates. These presenters will talk about their experiences, challenges, and successes in creating a library presence in Second Life for adults and teens. Involvement for all types of libraries will be discussed as well as how your library can get involved in these projects or start your own. A growing number of users are on the Internet in the virtual worlds. Libraries need to be there, too.

Coffee Break — A Chance to Visit the Exhibits
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session D304 — The Library of the Future
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Louise Parker Berry, Director, & Alan Kirk Gray, Darien Library
Peter Gisolfi, Managing Partner, Peter Gisolfi Associates, Architects and Planners

What if you were building a completely new library—at a time of accelerating technological change—and had to make decisions about what successful libraries will embody in 10 or 20 years? What are the current trends that will have staying power, and what are fads that will wash away? How do you design a building that will have physical presence and architectural significance and still plan for services and technology uses that library patrons haven’t even begun to think about? After planning for 4 years for a 55,000 square foot library, the staff changed their thinking about important elements of the building after watching technology greatly affect the future of libraries. They are betting on RFID, opting for no circulation or reference desk, predicting most reference activity will be provided online in 5 years and 7x24 online reference services in 10 years, much of it done remotely from the staff members’ homes. Hear their strategies for enhancing
customer service and having the library continue its role as the cultural center of the community.
Session D305 — Tech Freebies & Program Ideas
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Janie Hermann, Technology Training Librarian &
Robert Keith, Tech Aide, Princeton Public Library (PPL)
Matt Gullett, Librarian, & Robin Bryan, Technology Education Manager, ImaginOn, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County

Discover how you can take one innovative program and turn it in to the cornerstone for a broader range of technology training for both the public and your library staff. Hermann and Keith, PPL’s technology teaching team, talk about the Fantastic Freebies program they used to jumpstart their 2.0 Technologies Training initiative. This program, in which staff and patrons are trained together, is expanding monthly with great success. They illustrate with a quick tour some of the hottest freebies and examine a few of the newest and most useful tools to keep you on the cutting edge of technology. Gullett and Bryan discuss new ideas and perspectives for any sized library and budget to place in your teens’ and tweens’ programming portfolio. They provide lots of resources, including ideas, sites, program plans, software, and hardware recommendations on technology oriented programs to offer in your own environment.

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