The Conference Opens

Introduced by barking seals, Tom Hogan, president of Information Today welcomed us all to Internet Librarian 2005. He said that the almost 1100 attendees represent 44 states, Canada, and a number of other countries. During the next 3 days, 120 speakers and moderators will educate and entertain us, and there will be 45 exhibitors in the exhibit hall, which opens this afternoon at 5 PM.

Then it was on to hear Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and Life project give a fascinating presentation on new developments in the Internet world. Lee was keynoter at last year’s Internet Librarian conference, and this year’s keynote was no less interesting. I’ll have a more detailed post on Lee’s talk a little later–right now, it’s time to head off to some of the presentations in the Information Discovery and Search track.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today

Lee Rainie, Keynote speaker, and Jane Dysart, program chair, go over last-minute preparations for Lee’s talk

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