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Monterey, CA • October 23-25, 2006
Monterey Conference Center
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General Conference — Wednesday, October 25th
Track A: Search Engines Track B: Hand-Held Mobile Information
Track C: Learning & Training Track D: Social Computing
Closing Keynote: Social Computing & the Info Pro
KEYNOTE — Web Presence for Internet Librarians
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. • San Carlos Ballroom
Shari Thurow, Webmaster & Marketing Director, Grantastic Designs Inc., & Author, Search Engine Visibility

With experience designing and marketing Web sites since 1995, our expert Webmaster provides solid strategies for creating the Web presence that you, your library, and your information services require for success. Her business insights and library science studies are perfect for the information space. Filled with tips and techniques for creating not only user-friendly sites but search-engine friendly sites, Thurow's thoughts and ideas for creating the ideal Web presence are not to be missed.
General Conference — Wednesday, October 25th
• De Anza I •

Track A: Search Engines
Search engines (SEs) rule today. Hear the latest tips, thoughts, and speculations about SEs, libraries, and information professionals.

Moderated by Richard Geiger, San Francisco Chronicle
Coffee Break — Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session A301 — The Best of Resource Shelf: SE Update
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Gary Price,
Director, Online Resources,, & Publisher,

Our expert shares his top tips and techniques from the search and search engine world to equip you with what you need to deal with our challenging digital world.
Session A302 — Social Computing: Shaping Libraries & Search
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Jasmine de Gaia, Sr. Product Manager, Social Networking Initiatives, OCLC
Gary Price, Director, Online Resources,
Search Engine Representatives

Learn how the experts view the future roles of libraries, search engines, and others in the emerging area of social networks, social software, and other related technologies. Join panelists from different search engines as they discuss the impact of social networks and social technologies on the information industry.
Lunch Reception in the Exhibit Hall
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Session A303 — Comparing Book Search Engines
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 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.
Session A304 — Using Google & SEs to Expose Digital Collections
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Library

Using the Vanderbilt Television News Archive experience in expanding interest and exposure of its collection of digital video, Breeding illustrates how it increased sources of income by making metadata available for harvesting by the major search engines. Metadata that was otherwise hidden from search engine harvesting was presented in such a way that it could be harvested by search engines by creating static Web pages for each of the 805,000 abstracts within the Archive’s TV-NewsSearch database. In addition to HTML-based site maps, the designers used the XML Sitemap Protocol developed by Google for efficient harvesting of the metadata and used the Google Webmaster’s interface for monitoring how the site is accessed via Google. Learn about this successful strategy for increasing activity on the Archive’s Web site, increased use of its collections, and significant increases in income.
General Conference — Wednesday, October 25th
• De Anza II •

Track B: Hand-Held Mobile Information
Use what they own, go where they are — plugging the library into gadgets and habits. As more and more of our clients and staff members interact with the library using mobile hand-held devices, such as PDAs, iPods, and smart phones, it is increasingly important to understand both the possibilities and the limits of providing content and services for small-screen mobile devices. Learn about new devices, library applications, and take away ideas for life in the mobile future.

Organized and moderated by Megan Fox, Simmons College
Coffee Break — Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session B301 — 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 B302 — Mobile Search
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Andy Yang, Mobile Search, & representative from 4info

Representatives from two of the hottest mobile search providers talk about the latest offerings from their companies and potential applications for information seekers and librarians. Users on the go don’t want to wade through a list of Web results — they want an answer to their question. Hear what makes mobile search different from a regular search engine, learn about the most interesting and unique features of these two services, and get a sneak peek at what’s coming down the development pike for mobile search.

Lunch Reception in the Exhibit Hall
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Session B303 — The Mobile Computing Project
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bradley D. Faust, Assistant Dean, University Libraries, Ball State University

Come hear about experiences in developing a mobile computing compatible interface to library services and resources. The challenge is to retool complex, powerful, feature-rich interfaces for effective use on a powerful personal communication device with a very small screen and potential bandwidth limitations. This mobile computing project makes library resources and services accessible to users of wireless hand-held devices. Using their personal communication devices, students can access static content, the catalog (CardCat Mobile) and serial collections (Mobile Journals).
Session B304 — Audio Guides, Tours, and More: Putting Patrons’ Cells to Work
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
David Asheim, CEO, Guide by Cell Inc.

Cell phones are proliferating due to their market acceptability and diminished cost to buy and operate. Visitors can now use their own cell phones to access audio tours, which allows libraries to create multilanguage tours, guides, and instruction both rapidly and inexpensively, enhancing the visitor’s personal experience. Guest-provided devices offer an entirely new way of interaction which, in turn, can transform the museum experience. Challenges abound, ranging from cell-phone coverage issues to current restrictions by some libraries on cell-phone use due to their possible disruptiveness. This session explores current cell-phone tours systems, presents research results, and takes a look at the future of this promising technology.
General Conference — Wednesday, October 25th
• De Anza III •

Track C: Learning & Training
The library’s role in creating knowledge and learning has always been critical. This track explores how libraries are furthering their role in the learning process, both for their patrons and their staff, using the latest technologies and approaches. Never before has training been this exciting, with tools such as podcasting, blogs, wikis, and videoconferencing, and with methods based on gaming and messaging! Each session is truly a “learning opportunity” for training in the 2.0 world.

Organized and moderated by Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones Associates
Coffee Break — Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session C301 — Technology Training in a Library 2.0 World
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Michael Porter, OCLC Western
Brenda Hough, Technology Coordinator, Northeast Kansas Library System

Many libraries have now been providing hands-on technology training for staff and for the public for years. However, as technologies continue to rapidly change and collaboration becomes ever more important, technology training needs to change, too. Three experienced technology trainers will discuss innovative ways to not only teach Web 2.0 technologies, but also how to capitalize on those technologies to make training more effective. Technology training in this new environment cannot be simple skills training. Instead, the emphasis is on creating adaptable and fluent users. Lists of practical 2.0 training technologies, techniques, and resources will be included in the session, as will multiple examples of successfully presented classes and training sessions using each of these technologies and techniques.

Session C302 — Training Tutorial Tour & Tips
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Greg Notess, Montana State University Library

This interactive session critiques library tutorials with audience input on the pros and cons of each tutorial. We ask our users to evaluate resources, so let’s evaluate our own. Gain tips and ideas for making your online tutorial more appealing and effective for your clients while avoiding common pitfalls.

Lunch Reception in the Exhibit Hall
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Session C303 — Learning, Gaming, & Training
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Shu Liu, Metadata Librarian, Colorado State University
Tammy Allgood, Digital Delivery & Design Librarian, Arizona State University (ASU)

Liu focuses on current developments of learning objects and provides real examples from academia and business. She covers what learning objects are, what their core characteristics include, and looks at the future of learning objects and their relations to library resources. Algood talks about how ASU librarians took into account the attributes of the “millennial generation” and are providing information in an engaging and interactive way. They began with a board game used in lower-division English courses to teach library instruction and created an online version. More than a tutorial, the online version is a fully interactive single-player game environment. An omnipresent map mode allows for fast exploration; first-person action mode allows for scripted interactions between characters and systems; problem-solving modes allow for task completion; resource allocation mode allows players to view and combine collected items. This game simulates the complex processes of selecting, using, and evaluating multiple sources of information within a library setting — an innovative way to teach information literacy and library skills.
Session C304 — New Tools for Training
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Chad Boeninger, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Ohio University Libraries
Jeff Humphrey, Interactive Media Specialist, INCOLSA
Sean Cordes, Assistant Professor, Instructional Technology Librarian, Iowa State University

Speakers demonstrate how various technologies extend training into the patrons’ and library staffs’ learning space “virtually” anywhere. Boeninger begins with a look at using instant messaging, a blog, and a wiki to reach patrons at Ohio University. Humphrey then describes how Webconferencing, streaming media, and IP videoconferencing are being utilized to expand traditional library staff development opportunities. Cordes wraps things up with a case study of a university library course using podcasts to support learning, including a practical walk-through of the podcast development process for the online course.
General Conference — Wednesday, October 25th
• Steinbeck Forum •

Track D: Social Computing
More ideas for engaging with your community.
Organized by Aaron Schmidt, Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Moderated by Mary Auckland, Consultant
Coffee Break — Visit the Exhibits
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sessions D301 & D302 — Wikis for Libraries
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Meredith Farkas, Norwich University
Nicole Engard, Web Manager, Jenkins Law Library
Mary Carmen Chimato, Head, Access Services, &
Darren Chase, Informatics Librarian, Health Sciences Center Library, Stony Brook University
Marianne Kruppa, St. Joseph County Public Library
Chad Boeninger, Ohio University Libraries

This jampacked information session begins with a look at wiki applications and an overview of software used to build them. It then illustrates the use of wikis in several library applications, including a law library, internal use in an academic library, subject guides in a public library, and communicating with clients.

Lunch Reception in the Exhibit Hall
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session D303 — What’s Hot & New with Social Software
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Steven M. Cohen, Senior Librarian, Law Library Management, Inc. & editor,

RSS, Weblogs, and wikis are rapidly changing the way we provide information to our consumers, work together in an organizational structure, and communicate. This session highlights cutting-edge tools and techniques for libraries, hot new trends, resources, and advice. Join our expert for insights and ideas.
Session D304 — Blogging Update: Applications & Tips
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Aaron Schmidt,
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Walter Nelson, Webmaster, RAND Corporation
Karen Coombs, Head, Libraries Web Services, University of Houston

Nelson discusses the use of blog/RSS driven tools to update the Library “Announcements” section of the home page, as well as other applications using simple off-the-shelf technology to simultaneously update multiple Web pages, across multiple departments with multiple authors. Coombs talks about using blogging software to communicate and collaborate internally among library staff. Schmidt talks about various ways public libraries are using blogs. Speakers provide top tips for using blogs in library environments.
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Steinbeck Forum •
Social Computing & the Info Pro
Elizabeth Lane Lawley, Director, Rochester Institute of Technology, Lab for Social Computing, & Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Corp.

Information professionals have always been balanced at the center between knowledge, technology and people. Today, more than ever, we need to find ways to integrate our activities into our clients’ and communities’ work flows and lives. Lawley looks into the future at the opportunities and challenges associated with the new social technologies and practices, discusses recent research and trends, and provides thought-provoking insights for us as we plan for the future.

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