NFAIS Reminder: Humanities Roundtable

NFAIS wishes to remind potential attendees that the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable IX is Scheduled for October 18, 2010.

A one-day NFAIS program, Turn and Face the New:  Delivering Humanities Research in a Changing Environment, is scheduled for October 18, 2010 at the state-of-the-art Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Manhattan, from 9:00am to 4:15pm.  The meeting will highlight some of the major trends impacting the humanities information environment – e-books, mobile computing, social media, discovery services, and the future of abstracting and indexing services.  And there will be ample time for attendees to share their own perspectives on changing user information behavior and the evolution of the humanities information landscape. While the meeting has a humanities information context, the program content is applicable to all information providers and librarians (see final program at:

The morning will begin with a look at the changing library customer.  With feedback from recent research, you will learn about the status of the print monograph, the tipping point for the purchase and use of e-books, and how these trends are impacting university presses.  The focus will then turn to the mobile delivery of information with a discussion on content preparation and its optimal delivery mechanism – via a mobile application or a mobile-optimized web site.  This will be followed by a case study on how to successfully develop and use a blog to create an organizational online voice.  The morning will close with am interesting look at usage statistics from hosted content.  You will learn what current technology can (and cannot) do with regard to tracking the user’s path, what hosts can share with content providers, and how usage statistics drive platform development.

The afternoon will begin with a panel of humanities information providers sharing their perspective on the future of the humanities market – how user needs, expectations, and skills are changing and how technology is driving that change.   This will be followed by a session on how the reading experience itself is evolving – the devices that are used, how users are reacting to those devices, and what new trends can be expected in the coming year. There will be an update on the impact of discovery services in the delivery of humanities information, and the closing keynote will discuss the future of abstracting and indexing services – what they do well, how they can expand – and how they can even thrive.

The final program, directions to the meeting facility, and registration information are now available on the NFAIS Web site at:

Register soon, as seating is limited. Registration for this one-day session, including continental breakfast, lunch and two refreshment breaks, is only $95 for NFAIS members and $115 for non-members.  For more information contact:  Jill O’Neill, NFAIS Director, Communication and Planning, 215-893-1561 (phone); 215-893-1564 (fax).

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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