The Conference Circuit—Conference Scene Back to Full Strength

After its usual holiday and winter slowdown, the conference scene has returned to its customary level of activity.  Conferences devoted to information science and libraries predominate on the schedule for March.

Two German Conferences

The 12th International Symposium for Information Science (ISI 2011) will be in Hildesheim, Germany (about 30 miles south of Hannover) on March 9-11.  According to the conference website, ISI is the central platform of library and information science (LIS) research in the German-speaking region.  It is organized by the Higher Education Association for Information Science.  One feature of the conference is the presentation of the Gerhard Lustig Award to the author of best thesis in LIS published since the last ISI conference.  The award is given in honor of Professor Dr. Gerhard Lustig, one of the founders of information science in Germany.

Organized by the German Society for Online Research, General Online Research 11 (GOR 11) will be March 14-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Its focus will be basic research, innovative developments, and practical experiences in the field of online research, with emphasis on social media research, market research, and research methodology.  The opening day keynote will be by Joe Walther, Professor, Department of Communication and Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, speaking on “Social Media, Relationship Theories, and Civil Society”; and the second day keynote will be by George Terhanian, Group Chief Strategy and Products Officer at the market research firm Toluna, speaking on “The Future of Online Market Research”

Online Information Asia-Pacific

Incisive Media, organizers of the Online Conference in London each December, have branched out into the Asia-Pacific region with a new Online Information Asia-Pacific conference in Hong Kong, China on March 23-24.  Many of the features of the London conference will also be offered in the Hong Kong one, including an exhibit hall, conference presentations (in an “all plenary” format, with no concurrent sessions), and free seminars.  The first day focuses on information strategy and the impact of new technologies and will be keynoted by Robert Hillard, Partner, Deloitte, Australia and author of Information-Driven Business. His address will introduce two approaches to measuring the way data is held within databases, document repositories and other stores of information across the enterprise.   The end of that day will feature industry expert Stephen Arnold speaking on “The New Landscape for Search”.  The second day will be keynoted by Bonnie Cheuk, Director of Global Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration initiatives at Citi Global Transaction Service.  She will speak on “Leadership 2.0”, and at the end of the day, she will moderate a panel on New Roles for Information Professionals.  On the same day, there will also be a 1-day Business Information Forum sponsored by the Business Information Industry Association (BIIA).

Business Intelligence

If you’re interested in business information but can’t get to Hong Kong for the Online Information Asia-Pacific conference, you might wish to consider the 2nd International Workshop on Business Intelligence (BI) and the WEB (BEWEB) in Uppsala, Sweden on March 25.  The program is presently under development; according to the Call for Papers, topics of interest include how to leverage the huge amount of data that is available on the Web in BI applications, on how to apply Web engineering methods and techniques to the design of BI applications, and on how to use BI knowledge in the design of Web applications.

World Book Summit

The 2011 version of the World Book Summit (WBS) in Ljubljana, Slovenia on March 31 – April 1 will address a wide range of topics highly relevant to book publishing.  It is entitled “Book: the Bearer of Human Development” and is structured into 3 topic areas relating to books:  publishing, reading, translation.

Library Conferences

Registration for some conferences has already closed (a good sign that recovery from the recession is well underway); here are some with space still available:

  • Following on its successful introduction in 2010, EDGE 2011 will again be sponsored by the City Council of Edinburgh, Scotland and will focus on delivery of public services in libraries.  This year’s dates are March 3-4.  Speakers are from major libraries and also include Dave Coplin, Microsoft UK’s Director of Search.
  • The 28th Annual Oklahoma Libraries Conference will be in Oklahoma City, OK on March 3-4.  Its theme is “From Surviving to Thriving: Building Blocks of Success”.  Speakers include Deans of several academic libraries and Tim Collins, President of EBSCO Publishing.
  • The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, organized by the libraries of Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will take place in Winston-Salem, NC on March 10-11.  The opening keynote speaker is Mary Ellen Bates, widely known for her presentations on information research and searching.  The second day keynote speaker is Katina Strauch, Head of Cataloging at the College of Charleston and organizer of the very popular Charleston Conference, and at the conference lunch that day, attendees will hear from Tim Spaulding, Founder of Library Thing.
  • The International Association of STM Publishers (STM) has organized a workshop on Usage Statistics and Publishers: Implementation and New Insights in London on March 17, which will be devoted to Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources).


Electronic publishing will be discussed at several of the March conferences including:

  • Understanding E-journal Technology is a 1-day training conference for non-technologists presented by the UK-based firm Renew Training, which includes discussions of content navigation, access authentication, statistics, discovery, resource management, and open access.  The three trainers have had extensive experience in the publishing industry.  Sessions will be held March 14 in Washington, DC, and March 16 in Philadelphia.
  • In addition to its workshop on usage statistics, STM has organized the 4th Intensive Course in Journal Publishing—Asia, to be held in Singapore, March 13-16, during which attendees will spend time working on a case study and presenting their results to the audience.
  • Entitled “Publishing’s Great E-Blending: The New World of Publishing”, Questex Media Group’s Publishing Xchange conference, will be in Washington, DC, March 22-24.  It is organized into 6 tracks relating to technologies, marketing, and the future of publishing.

Society Meetings

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) has teamed with the Visual Resources Association (VRA) to produce a joint annual meeting this year in Minneapolis, MN, March 24-28, appropriately entitled “Collaboration: Building Bridges in the 21st Century.”  The opening plenary speaker will be Jule Sigall who has served with the U.S. Copyright Office and will speak about “Works and Fair Use: Can Bridges Be Built between Educational Users and Copyright Owners?”

ACRL (the Association of College & Research Libraries) will be holding its 15th National Conference in Philadelphia on March 30 – April 2.  Its three distinguished keynote speakers are award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain; Raj Patel, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies; and fashion expert and author Clinton Kelly.  Watch for detailed blog coverage by ITI editors.

The ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit will be in Denver on March 30 – April 3.  The keynote speaker is Nate Silver, creator of the Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm (PECOTA) for predicting and evaluating player performance in baseball.  He also used his expertise in statistics and forecasting to correctly predict the winner of the 2008 presidential election in 49 out of 50 states (see his blog).  The Endnote speaker is Cennydd Bowles, a UK-based user experience designer and writer.  He is the co-author of Undercover User Experience Design and writes a popular blog.

Many other conferences for March as well as the remainder of 2011 are listed in the ITI Conference Calendar.


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