21st Annual National Online Meeting & IOLS 2000 Conference Overview

Integrated Online Library Systems 2000
It is truly appropriate that a conference on library systems and services be held in conjunction with the National Online Meeting, since both library systems and electronic database services share the same objective—serving the user with a full and integrated array of information services.

For the twelfth year in a row, the conference on Integrated Online Library Systems (IOLS) will be a “conference within a conference” at the National Online Meeting. IOLS 2000 will take place on May 17 and 18, 2000, and will consist of plenary sessions, technical papers, and workshops. This year’s conference theme is “Beyond the Frontier.” A complete list of program offerings is contained in this program. A proceedings of the papers presented at IOLS 2000 will be published separately from the National Online Meeting 2000 proceedings and will be available at the conference for attendees to take home.

Technical Program Chair

Pamela Cibbarelli
Directory of Library Automation Software, Systems, and Services

Organizing/Reviewing Committee

Richard Boss — Information Systems Consultants, Inc.
Marshall Breeding — Vanderbilt University
Howard McQueen — McQueen Consulting

Library Systems Showcase
A section of the exhibit hall for the National Online Meeting has been specially set aside for exhibitors with products and services in the field of library systems. Called “Library Systems Showcase,” this exhibit provides attendees with the opportunity to receive hands-on demonstrations of the latest library technology and services. Having so many systems in one place allows for side-by-side comparisons, leading to more informed purchasing decisions.

Registration for IOLS 2000
Registration for IOLS 2000 is separate from that of the National Online Meeting. However, for those attending the National Online Meeting, the fee for IOLS 2000 is significantly reduced. You may:


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Celebrating Our 21st Anniversary!

The National Online Meeting
The National Online Meeting will once again bring together a stimulating blend of information industry innovators and practitioners from all over the world. This unparalleled event, North America’s largest electronic information conference and exhibition, will take place on May 16-18, 2000.

Unlike other events in the field, the National Online Meeting breaks new ground each year, setting industry standards and rules, unveiling new products and services, and evoking discussion—both practical and theoretical. The meeting monitors the trends year after year to keep information professionals abreast of the latest developments in content delivery and the impact of technology on the world of information. With the constant changes in the information industry, this tried and true forum provides an ideal platform for serious information users to come together to share ideas.

The National Online Meeting provides something for everyone at all levels. For our old and valued friends, the National Online Meeting promises a wealth of presentations covering both traditional and new areas of interest; for the newcomer, the range of stimulating sessions and events offered by the program will serve as the most cost-effective method of learning, establishing new contacts, and reviewing the dynamic information scene.

Focus on Content
The National Online Meeting is different from other meetings because of its focus on information content rather than on information technology alone. This is why the conference and exhibits remain relevant after 21 years. It doesn’t really matter whether the delivery vehicle is online services, CD-ROM, or the Internet: the emphasis is to present products and services that offer solid and reliable content to the user. At the National Online Meeting, it’s the content that counts above all else.

Who Should Attend?
For anyone concerned with information, its distribution, and its value in decision making, this event is a must. Meet those who shape and supply the information that helps business, government, and education function effectively. This includes:

The list is virtually endless. If you are involved in any way with electronically distributed information, then you will find something of interest at this important meeting.

Whether one is a user, an educator, or a producer of database services, there will be presentations of true significance for everyone. The format of the three concurrent tracks allows attendees to choose from many topics each day. A complete list of program offerings is contained on this Web site.

Online, Internet, and CD-ROM Exhibition
The newest online, Internet, and CD-ROM products, systems, and services will be on display in the exhibit hall. The explosion and constant refinement of these products and services make it increasingly important to keep abreast of these dynamic technologies. Booths will be manned by knowledgeable representatives, giving attendees many opportunities for discussion, demonstrations, and “hands-on” experience. Over 160 online exhibits are planned for the 2000 meeting. Exhibit hours are as follows:
Exhibit Hours
Tuesday, May 16, 2000 10 AM to 6 PM 
Wednesday, May 17, 2000  10 AM to 6 PM 
Thursday, May 18, 2000 10 AM to 3 PM 

Integrated Online Library Systems
For the 12th year in a row, the conference on Integrated Online Library Systems (IOLS) will be a “conference within a conference” at the National Online Meeting. Attendance at IOLS 2000 requires separate registration. See page 6 for details.

Electronic Publishing Seminar
This year’s Electronic Publishing event will be held concurrently with the National Online Meeting to allow attendees to take maximum advantage of their time at the conference. Co-sponsored by the Software & Information Industry Association and Information Today, Inc., the day-long Electronic Publishing 2000 conference is titled “Exploring the Outer Limits of E-Commerce for Publishers & Information Companies.” Attendance at this event requires separate registration — click here for more information.

Satellite Events
Satellite Events are held on the days before and after the meeting to help maximize the benefits of attending. These in-depth full-day seminars are listed and described at the end of this preliminary program. Attendance at Satellite Events requires additional registration.

The full 3-day conference registration costs $425 if paid by April 24, 2000, and $445 thereafter. Full registration includes a copy of the conference proceedings—a $65 value.

Single day registration is accepted. The cost is $195 per day if paid by April 24, 2000, and $210 thereafter. Single day registrants do not receive the proceedings as part of their registration fees but may purchase copies at the discounted price of $35 (normal cost is $65). Copies of the proceedings may be purchased at the meeting itself or through the registration form at the back of this program. (Note: this reduced price is for attendees only.)

Registration includes coffee and danish each morning of the conference and a wine mixer on Tuesday, May 16.

Hotel costs are not included in the registration fee.

How to Register
Please note that payment must be received by April 24, 2000, to qualify for the “Early-Bird” discounts.


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The National Online Meeting is sponsored by Information Today, Inc., publisher of Information Today, KMWorld, Link-Up, Searcher, Computers in Libraries and Multimedia Schools.

We are pleased to welcome LEXIS-NEXIS as an official corporate sponsor of the 21st National Online Meeting.

National Online Meeting 2000 will be held in cooperation with the Special Libraries Association.

Program Chair

Martha E. Williams — University of Illinois

Organizing/Reviewing Committee

Roberta Brody — Queens College
Corilee Christou — LEXIS-NEXIS
Péter Jacsó — University of Hawaii
Jerry P. Miller — Simmons College
Jesscia Milstead — The JELEM Company
Michael Dolenko — Phase 5 Consulting Group
David Mirchin — SilverPlatter
Linda Schamber — University of N. Texas
Hong (Iris) Xie — University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The 21st National Online Meeting and IOLS 2000 will be held at the New York Hilton, located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. All official program activities will be held at this hotel. A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees and exhibitors at substantially reduced rates. In order to obtain these rates, however, hotel reservations should be made through the official housing bureau, Expo Travel Services (see “Travel & Hotel” below). Additional information will be mailed to attendees upon receipt of meeting registration.

Travel & Hotel
Expo Travel Services, Inc. has been designated the official housing bureau and travel agency for the National Online Meeting and IOLS 2000. For all hotel reservations, please call Expo Travel Services at 201-444-0060, or toll free (in the U.S.) 800-829-2281. If you prefer to fax your travel plans, the fax number is 201-444-0062.

The New York Hilton’s reduced guest room rates for National Online Meeting attendees are $219 for a single room and $245 for a double. If Hilton rooms are no longer available, Expo Travel can assist you in finding other accommodations nearby.

In addition, discounted airfares have been arranged on the lowest restricted fares as well as on nonrestricted coach fares. Advance booking and specific rules apply. All major credit cards are accepted.

Whom to contact
Registration — Registration Desk
Exhibits Manager — Carol Nixon (cnixon@infotoday.com)
Advertising Sales — Mike Zarrello (mzarrello@infotoday.com)
Exhibits Sales — Dave Panara (dpanara@infotoday.com)

Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike
Medford, NJ 08055
609-654-6266, fax: 609-654-4309
e-mail: custserv@infotoday.com
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