ITI’s March Conferences

Two of Information Today’s major conferences occur in March.  First up is Computers in Libraries (CIL) on March 21-23 in Washington, DC (CIL has returned to its former venue, the Washington Hilton, which recently completed a major renovation and restoration project.  CIL is entitled “Strategic Focus and Value for Library Communities”. James Crawford, Engineering Director for the Google Books project, will be the opening keynote speaker; in the abstract of his talk, he says, “The Google Books project has the modest goal of scanning all of the world’s books, converting them to digital form, and making them searchable and accessible. To date, more than 15 million books, containing 5-billion-plus pages and 2 trillion words have been scanned and indexed…”  He will discuss how the emerging e-book market is part of Google’s market strategy.  Tuesday’s keynote will be by Michelle Manafy, former Editor-in-Chief of EContent and now Director of Content at Free Pint, Ltd.  She will be speaking on “Engaging Digital Natives: Strategies, Services & Satisfaction”.  And the Wednesday keynoter will be Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & Life Project, and a frequent speaker at ITI conferences, who will discuss adding value to local communities.  As always, a full program of presentations by noted speakers on topics of current significant interest will be presented.  The usual exhibit hall, Gaming and Gadgets Petting Zoo, Tuesday evening session on dead and innovative technologies, and pre- and post-conference workshops make CIL 2011 another significant event on the industry calendar.  The program is now available on the conference website, and ITI’s bloggers will be in attendance and posting news and reports on ITI’s LibConf blog.

Internet@Schools East 2011 is co-located with CIL and shares the same keynote speakers and exhibit hall.

Hard on the heels of CIL, Buying & Selling eContent (BSEC) takes place the following week in Scottsdale, AZ on March 27-29.  Its theme is “Multichannel Success Stories”, and its focus is well stated on the conference website:

“Today, Content must be poised for action. It cannot sit siloed, idling away waiting for users to seek it out; content must reach users where they are. This requires re-envisioning the content lifecycle to achieve maximum flexibility, to empower content to nimbly venture into each new opportunity as it arises. This need for multichannel content delivery impacts content creators and buyers alike and we must work together to meet the needs of end users today and as new channels, requirements, and opportunities emerge.

Key topics will include: Pricing models that work for buyers and sellers, evaluating content usage and ROI, strategic approaches to content creation and distribution, understanding content users, future-readiness, and much, much more.”

A stellar lineup of 40 executive-level speakers, break-out sessions, and a Buyer’s Forum are all on the program, along with plenty of networking events.


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