Archive | August, 2011

ALCOP: A New Conference

A new conference has appeared on the information scene.  ALCOP, the Association of Library Communications and Outreach Professionals, is holding its first conference at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA (suburban Philadelphia) on October 9 and 10.  ALCOP is a new organization composed of marketing and communications executives at academic and public libraries.  The scope and procedures of the ALCOP organization will be determined at the inaugural conference in October.

The conference is sponsored by Kieserman Media, “a full service media firm focusing on strategic public relations and special event planning” and will feature talks by several noted information professionals.  The two days feature a number of concurrent workshops on topics of current interest, with two keynote sessions.

The dinner keynote on October 9 will be by Kathy Dempsey, a consultant and trainer and author of The Accidental Library Marketer (Information Today, 2009).  Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Kathy was Editor of Information Today’s Computers in Libraries magazine and Marketing Library Services newsletter.

The Monday keynote address will be by Chris Olsen, founder of Chris Olsen & Associates.  She is the Editor and Publisher of the newsletter Marketing Treasures and Past President of SLA’s Maryland Chapter.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and the Library 2.011 Conference

By now, you have almost certainly heard about the earthquake in Virginia and the northeast earlier this week.  And now we have the approaching Hurricane Irene.  Right now we’re in the proverbial “calm before the storm”, as these pictures that I took of the ocean at Long Beach Island, NJ, show.

Calm Before the Storm on Long Beach Island, NJ, August 26, 2011. Photo by Don Hawkins

Long Beach Island, NJ, August 26, 2011. Photo by Don Hawkins

Of course, preparations are always important:

Preparations for Irene, August 26, 2011. Photo by Don Hawkins

The information industry is no stranger to tumultuous events and far-reaching changes.  Here’s an online conference that you might be interested in–and maybe even make a presentation.  And it’s an online conference, so you can do it from the comfort of your own home or office!

Submit Your Presentation for the Worldwide Library 2.011 Conference

Have you been exploring how the digital age is impacting the roles libraries and librarians play in how we learn and consume information? Do you have some thoughts to share with the world about the future of our profession? This is your chance to lead the discussion with more than 2,000 colleagues from 133 countries!

The fully online Library 2.011 Worldwide Conference will take place November 2-3, 2011, in multiple time zones and languages. Share your expertise with a global audience. Sign up today to present at the Library 2.011 conference – a free forum for information professionals. You can choose to submit a presentation in any of the conference’s six thought-provoking subject strands:

  • STRAND 1: Libraries – The Roles of Libraries in Today’s World
  • STRAND 2: Librarians & Information Professionals – Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World
  • STRAND 3: Information Organization
  • STRAND 4: Access & Delivery
  • STRAND 5: Learning – Digital Age Learning Cultures
  • STRAND 6: Content & Creation – Changes in Accessing and Organizing Information

It’s easy to present at the Library 2.011 conference. Since it is online and worldwide, you can present at a time that is most convenient for your time zone, and you can present in your native language. Presentations can also vary in length, between 20 and 60 minutes including Q&A. All sessions will be held in the web conferencing platform Blackboard Collaborate, and volunteers will be available to moderate and provide session support. Live and recorded training will also be provided prior to the conference to get you comfortable with presenting online.

To submit your presentation, go to the Call for Proposals and follow the instructions. The Library 2.011 conference is open to all, so please encourage your friends and colleagues to submit their presentation proposals. It is our intention that all serious proposals will be given the opportunity to be presented. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is September 15th.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

IFLA Wraps Up; Next Year in Helsinki; Singapore in 2013

IFLA 2011 in San Juan, PR has passed into history.  Photos and reports from the final sessions are on the IFLA Express website.  Final attendance was 2,593, making San Juan a successful event.

Next year, the 78th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) will be in Helsinki, Finland, on August 11-17.  Singapore has been selected as the venue for the 79th WLIC; dates will be announced later.  Sponsors will be the  National Library Board of Singapore and the Library Association of Singapore.

At the closing session in San Juan, Ingrid Parent, University Librarian at the University of British Columbia, Canada, became President of IFLA, succeeding Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Library and Information Services, J.S. Gericke Library, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Look for a report on the San Juan congress in an upcoming issue of Information Today.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

This is Our Library: The Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Outside the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Photo courtesy of Dina Youssef

I was interested in the report of a presentation by author Dina Youssef on the IFLA Express site, describing the effects of the recent uprisings in Egypt on libraries, and particularly the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.  A security guard was quoted: “This is our library.  It belongs to our children”.  Youssef’s report showed some of the remarkable efforts of citizens in protecting the library and how it was preserved from violence and damage, including these inspiring concluding thoughts:

“Because this valuable resource was spared a violent end, it can now be a cornerstone for rebuilding the new Egypt.  The library will lead the movement to collect, organize, and make public the artifacts and evidences of this revolution.  Those standing arm in arm around this building have come to represent the new Egypt, where the diverse population appreciates that libraries are not just buildings with books.  Libraries are the gateways to knowledge and knowledge is the foundation of empowerment.”

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

New Semantic Web Group to Meet at IFLA 2011

A new Semantic Web Special Interest Group (SWSIG) will meet for the first time at the IFLA 2011 Congress on Wednesday August 17 at 9:30 AM.  According to an e-mail that I received, “the SWSIG intends to be the platform where interested professionals could gather, and undertake whatever tasks are needed to develop, enhance and facilitate the adoption of semantic Web technologies in the library community.”

Interest in semantic technologies continues to grow as data mining, taxonomies, and similar techniques become important in the development of large information data sets, digital libraries, etc.  If you are attending the IFLA Congress, this is a good opportunity to learn more about them.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor


IFLA 2011 Conference Opens in San Juan

IFLA’s 2011  Conference opened yesterday in San Juan, PR.  I’m not attending the conference (physically, at least), but I got a good sense of the events of opening day by looking at IFLA Express, the dedicated website for daily news and updates.  The opening session was well represented with a large collection of photos, including crowd shots.  Take a look–you might see someone you know.  I spotted Jane Dysart and Frank Cervone, long-time attendees at ITI’s Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences.  (Jane is Program Chair of these two events, and Frank has made many presentations at them.)

IFLA Express also features a daily video with an interview with a selected guest.  Today’s video was on the subject of “Policy, Strategy, and Advocacy, and the guest was Helena Asamoah-Hassan, University Librarian at KNUST Library in Kumasi, Ghana.  And the sidebar provides links to posts by bloggers at the conference.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor


Scenes of San Juan (site of the IFLA 2011 Conference)

If you are going to the IFLA conference starting in a few days, I hope you will have a chance to visit the Old City of San Juan, with its great restaurants, historical sites, and fascinating architecture. You will find that life moves at quite a different pace than in many other cities of the world, as the photos below show. (Full disclosure: the first one was taken about 6 months ago when my wife and I visited San Juan on a cruise.  The second photo is from another island, but there are very similar signs in San Juan.)

Enjoy your visit and the conference.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Conferences Proliferate After Summer Holidays

Although there were a significant number of conferences during the summer holiday months, the scene has become even more robust with the approach of the busy fall season.  September has over 60 events listed in the Information Today Conference Calendar. Here is a sampling of some of them.

Digital Libraries

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2011, Berlin, Germany, September 25-28), formerly known as the European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries), is in its 15th year as “the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries”.  Keynote speakers are Thomas Hofmann, Director of Engineering at Google Switzerland; Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI); and Moira Norrie, Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Institute for Information Systems at ETH Zurich.

A number of workshops follow TPDL on September 29, among which is the 4th Workshop on Very Large Digital Libraries (VLDL 2011, Berlin, Germany, September 29). One might wonder what qualifies a digital library as “very large”.  The Workshop organizers have anticipated this question and have created a special web page to answer the question, but they admit that there is “no clear and well accepted definition”.  The Call for Papers lists some fundamental topics and focuses on the “problems emerging from the marriage of ‘very-large’ Digital Libraries and ‘very-large’ Data Archives, which should make for an interesting program.

Information Architecture

The Information Architecture (IA) Summit has long been organized under the auspices of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).  For those in Europe, the 7th European Information Architecture Summit (euroIAVII) will be held in Prague on September 23-24.   The organizers have commendably provided a detailed explanation of their thoughts on conference topics and even a definition of “European” on the conference website.  They define “information architecture” as follows:

  • The structural design of shared information environments.
  • The art and science of organizing and labeling web sites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability.
  • An emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.

A list of speakers and extensive abstracts of the presentations is also available.

Library Issues

Library-related conferences in September focus on interlibrary loan, new librarians, libraries in today’s mobile environment, and digital preservation.  Here are the details:

  • The 10th Annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference (NWILL2011): Going Global, Staying Local will be in Portland, OR on September 15-16.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Kenneth Crews, Director of the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office (CAO); his address is entitled “Copyright, Licenses, Treaties, and a Bit of Distortion: The Law of ILL in Transition”.
  • The 12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference: Resource Sharing in the Digital Age will be September 19-21 in Chicago.  This conference is sponsored by the IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section.
  • The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) 5th New Librarians Symposium, entitled “Metamorphosis: What Will You Become Today?” will take place in Perth, Australia, on September 16-18.  The keynote speakers are Kathryn Greenhill, Associate Lecturer in Information Studies at Curtin University, Perth; David Lee King, Digital Branch and Services Manager at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library; and Mal Booth, acting University Librarian at the University of Technology, Sydney.  Satellite workshops and library tours will be available on September 16; the following two days feature presentations on current topics, some of which are relevant to all librarians, not just new ones.
  • LYRASIS, nation’s largest regional non-profit membership organization serving libraries, is presenting another symposium in its Technology and Insights Series on September 12 in Atlanta, GA. “Positioning your Library in the Mobile Ecosystem: Content and Delivery” will include technology and case studies on its program.
  • The PrestoCentre has organized a training session on digital preservation entitled “Long-Term Audiovisual Digital Preservation: Strategy, Planning and Tools”, to be held September 12-16 in Paris, France.  This 5-day course covers a wide range of topics relevant to preservation and also includes case studies and library tours.

Metadata Applications

The annual International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications will be at the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague on September 21-23, with workshops on the 21st, followed by the main program on the following two days.  The program features several plenary and parallel sessions, among which is an “unconference”.  Immediately preceding the Dublin Core conference will be a workshop on Classification and Ontology: Formal Approaches and Access to Knowledge” on September 19-20.  The keynote address at this workshop will be by Patrick Hayes, Sr. Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), who has done extensive research on the semantic web.  His address is entitled “On Being the Same”.

The Dublin Core Science and Metadata (DC-SAM) Community has arranged a workshop on Research and Best Practices in Linking Scientific Metadata to be held in Berlin, Germany on September 29, following the TPDL conference. According to the Call for Papers, the workshop will include a session with invited papers, a working lunch, and work-in-progress reports in the afternoon.  Topics of interest include:

  • Identification systems and standards for scientific metadata,
  • Scientific metadata architecture and Semantic Web models,
  • Interoperable taxonomies and vocabularies in various subject areas,
  • Metadata linking mechanisms and technologies and their applications in scientific metadata, and
  • Organizational and technical challenges in linking scientific metadata.

Information Science and Retrieval

A few summer schools are scheduled for September, including:

  • The 8th European Summer School on Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2011), August 29-September 2, Koblenz, Germany, which includes not only classroom presentations but also poster sessions and discussion sessions with the instructors.
  • Summer School in the Study of Historical Manuscripts, September 26-30, Zadar, Croatia, which is to “acquaint participants with the most recent developments and newly emerged concepts…and provide practical introduction to historical collection management with contemporary approaches to digitization.”

The International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2011), September 26-28, Melbourne, Australia, is a multi-disciplinary conference covering a wide range of topics in digital information management.  This is an IEEE-organized conference, so many of the topics are highly technical and have a software engineering flavor, but many others are highly relevant to information professionals.  A lengthy list of topics of interest appears on the Home Page of the conference website.

Content management, privacy, context prediction, and information extraction are a few of the subjects of presentations at the 7th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT ’11), September 26-30, Karlsruhe, Germany.  The three keynote speakers will speak on interpretation in context, modeling context-dependence in dialog, and context for mobile games on phones.

The Conference on Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation (CLEF 2011, September 19-22, Amsterdam) is organized as a traditional conference followed by a series of “laboratories” and workshops.  The traditional conference addresses such topics as information retrieval evaluation, crowdsourcing, and visual techniques. The laboratories focus on activities such as image retrieval, plagiarism, question answering, log file analysis, and music search engines.

The 14th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD 2011) will be in Cape Town, South Africa on September 13-17.  About two dozen papers and an equal number of poster presentations have been accepted by the program committee.

What do we mean by “information”?  Is it making a difference in our lives?  How is it changing our environment?  These and similar questions are the subjects addressed in a very interesting looking interdisciplinary conference, “The Difference That Makes a Difference”, to be held September 7-9 in Milton Keynes, UK.  It has been organized around four broad themes:

  • What is information?
  • Understanding with Information,
  • Engaging with Information, and
  • The Impact of Information.

The conference website explains:

As we move further into the ‘information age’, we need to make the bridge between information of the information technologist and understanding of information in other disciplines. As researchers and practitioners in diverse fields grapple with an understanding of information – what it is, how it can be modeled and tools for coping with it – now more than ever is the time to share insights and bring some clarity and coherence to these differing perspectives.”

Each themed session will be led by two keynote speakers and will focus on how information is conceptualized within a different set of disciplines: philosophy, science, business/education, and social science.

Finally, the World Summit on the Knowledge Society will hold its 4th conference on the island of Mykonos, Greece on September 21-23.  Its website gives its raison d’être:

This annual Summit  brings together key stakeholders of the Knowledge Society development worldwide, from Academia, Industry, Government, Policy Makers, and active citizens to look at  the impact and prospects of the Information Technology, and the knowledge-based era it is creating, on key facets of living, working, learning, innovating and collaborating in today’s hyper-complex world.”


Here are some conferences relevant to scholarly publishing:

  • The 3rd International PKP (Public Knowledge Project) Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held September 26-28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany, the first time it has moved outside of Vancouver, BC.  Open access presentations are prominent on the program.  Once again, a “hackfest”, the opportunity to rapidly develop a project based on the PKP software, will be held at the conference.
  • Publishers and others looking for new revenue streams may wish to consider attending the 3rd Annual Niche Digital Conference and Publisher’s Online Video Workshop in Chicago on September 26-28.  Subject sessions include e-marketing, the mobile web, establishing a revenue-centric website, and digital magazines.
  • and Digital Science (a unit of Macmillan Publishing) have collaborated to organize Science Online London, to be held at the British Library on September 2-3.  According to the conference website, “This year’s Science Online will bring together a global mix of technologists, data curators, science communicators and researchers to discuss issues surrounding how science is carried out and communicated online.”  Four current workshops, “Data Visualization”, “Beyond Scholarly Publication”, “Online Communication Tools”, and “Dealing with Data using Synapse” are part of the conference.

Society Meetings

The 22nd Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA) Society Conference (DEXA 2011) will be in Toulouse, France, August 29 – September 2.  The DEXA conference includes a number of concurrent meetings and workshops on specialized subjects, such as database and expert systems applications (DEXA ’11), data warehousing and knowledge discovery (DaWaK ‘11), and information technology in bio- and medical informatics (ITAM ’11).  The complete list is available on the main conference website

Here are some other society meetings scheduled in this time period:

Society/Meeting Dates Location
Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) IN Meeting September 18-20 Arlington, VA
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) National Library & Information Technicians Conference: “Back to Basics” September 12-16 Perth, Australia
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) International Conference, 2011 September 14-16 Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, UK
REFORMA National Conference IV September 15-18 Denver, CO


Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Berlin 9 Open Access Conference Topics Announced

The organizing committee for the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference, to be held November 9-10, not in Berlin, but in Washington, DC, has announced the topics to be considered on the conference program.  (This is the first of the Berlin conferences to be held in North America; the name is taken from the 2003 Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.)

The conference will focus on the impact of open access on research and scholarship.  The following topics will be discussed:

  • Transforming Research through Open Online Access to Discovery Inputs and Outputs
  • Creation of Innovative New Opportunities for Scholarship and Business
  • The Impact of Open Access and Open Repositories on Research in the Humanities
  • Open Education: Linking Learning and Research through Open Access
  • Public Interaction: the Range and Power of Open Access for Citizen Science, Patients, and Large-scale Collaboration

Keynoters and speakers are currently being invited.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

ITI’s New and Upcoming Conferences

CRM Evolution and SpeechTEK 2011

ITI’s summer events in New York begin in just a week, but there is still time to register.  Click here to register for CRM Evolution 2011 and here for SpeechTEK 2011.  Both events will be co-located at the New York Hilton on August 8-10.

Library Directors Digital Strategy Summit

The Library Directors Digital Strategy Summit is a new 2-day event co-located with Internet Librarian 2011 (October 17-19, Monterey, CA) and held during its first two days.  According to its website,

This two-day summit is an interactive forum for library directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government and special libraries to problem-solve, discuss, and network with colleagues. It features a mix of high level presentations, expert panels, round table and facilitated discussions with lots of networking/peer engagement time…The Digital Strategy Summit is the only event featuring exclusive time with industry thought leaders and futurists, colleagues from all types of libraries, all focused on digital futures. The different perspectives and critical thinking will surface creative solutions, innovative ideas, and lots of insights for the digital future of our communities, campuses, corporations and governments.

A variety of panels on such cutting-edge topics as “Where is Technology Going?”, “Radical Concepts and Collaboration”, and “Libraries 2020: What Don’t You Know That Could Hurt You?” are on the program.

HTML5 Video Summit

The HTML5 Video Summit is co-located with Streaming Media West 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, on November 8-9.  It grew out of a highly successful HTML5 track at the recently concluded Streaming Media East 2011 conference, which has been expanded to include how-to sessions, demos, case studies, round table panels, and more.  Major publications are adding HTML5 to their web presence, and this conference will explain this hot new technology and how it can enhance your business.  With sessions on “Demystifying HTML5”, several “How-To” sessions, and two “HTML5 Super Sessions”, the emphasis will be on practical applications.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor