August Events: ITI Summer Conferences, IFLA, IASL, ACS-CINF, and More

August is the peak of the summer vacation season in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are still some important conferences on the calendar.

ITI’s Summer Conferences

Information Today’s CRM Evolution 2011 conference (New York, August 8-10) will feature David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN, and former adviser to four U.S. presidents, and Brent Leary, Partner, CRM Essentials, as keynote speakers.  SpeechTEK 2011, co-located with CRM Evolution, features a panel entitled “Mobility — A Game-Changer for Speech?” and a closing endnote session entitled “Prescription: What’s Needed to Move Speech Forward?”, as well as SpeechTEK University, a series of 3-hour focused talks.


In keeping with its tradition, IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, will hold its 2011 Annual General Conference and Assembly—a major event on the yearly conference calendar.  The 2011 conference theme is “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all”. This year will be the 77th meeting, and it will be held in San Juan, PR on August 13-18.  The program is now available on the conference website, and a lineup of distinguished plenary speakers has been recruited:

  • Dr. Fernando Picó S.J., a highly-respected Puerto Rican humanist, historian, and professor will be the opening keynote speaker. Picó is an expert on 19th century Puerto Rico and is considered the highest authority in this area and more generally in the field of the island’s history.  He is currently Professor of History at Universidad de Puerto Rico, and he has written the definitive history of Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico: A General History.
  • Mr Trevor C. Clarke, Assistant Director General, Culture and Creative Industries Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will be another plenary speaker.  See an earlier post on this blog for further details.
  • Dr. Mayra Santos-Febres, a Puerto Rican writer of poems, essays, stories and novels and Professor of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, will speak on Tuesday, August 16.
  • Luis Molina-Casanova, Resident Filmmaker and professor at the Communications Department of the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, will be a plenary speaker on Wednesday, August 17.

A full program of presentations and an exhibit hall will round out the conference.  Over 100 papers are already on the website and are available for downloading.  In addition, 15 satellite meetings have been arranged at locations not only in Puerto Rico, but also in other Caribbean venues as well as far away as Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; and Mexico City.  Most of them have their own websites; links are available on the conference Satellite Meetings page and on the ITI Conference Calendar.  Finally, translations of presentations for French-speaking attendees are available.


The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) will hold its annual conference as well as an IFLA Satellite Meeting immediately prior to the IFLA conference.  The IASL will meet in Kingston, Jamaica on August 7-11; its conference theme is “School Libraries: Empowering the 21st Century Learner”.  The opening keynote speaker will be Ellen Tise, current President of IFLA and Senior Director, Library and Information Services at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Four other keynote presentations are on the program.  The IASL Pre-Conference Meeting is on August 5; the keynote speaker will be Mrs Avril Crawford, CEO e-Learning Jamaica Co. Ltd.


Alexander "Sandy" Lawson

The American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Information (ACS-CINF) will hold a series of symposia at the annual ACS meeting (August 28 – September 1, Denver, CO).  The 2011 Herman Skolnik Award, given to recognize “outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science and related disciplines” will be presented to Professor Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Lawson, a pioneer in the fields of chemical structure handling, database searching, chemical nomenclature, reading machines, and linking text and structural information.  For most of his career, Lawson was involved with the Beilstein Handbook and the Beilstein Database. He is the developer of the “Lawson Number”, which enhances searches of the database.



Here are some other conferences on the program for August.

  • The Society of American Archivists (SAA) holds its 75th Annual Meeting, entitled ARCHIVES 360°, in Chicago on August 22-27.  Several events are planned in celebration of the society’s significant anniversary.


—    The 3rd International Summer School on Semantic Computing will be in Berkeley, CA.  It provides an introduction to this interdisciplinary field via tutorials and plenary addresses.

—    The 5th International Workshop on Modular Ontologies is part of the 23rd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI), and will be in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  According to the conference website, “modularity is central not only to reduce the complexity of understanding ontologies, but also to facilitate ontology maintenance and ontology reasoning.”

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor




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