Information Today’s October Conference Bonanza

The Conference Planning department at Information Today has certainly been busy!  There are no less than 14 events on the calendar in October and early November.  (Some of the conferences are co-located with one another and may share the same exhibit hall and keynote speakers.)

WebSearch University (WSU) kicks off the month on October 3-4 in Washington, DC.  Now in its 11th year, WSU has become the place to go to learn the ins and outs of search engines, including new and advanced features, as well as hidden tips and tricks.  WSU covers not only the major search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, but also specialized ones.  The list of speakers includes many prominent search engine experts.

Internet Librarian 2011 (IL) returns to its customary venue in Monterey, CA on October 17-19; also co-located are Internet@Schools West 2011 and a new event—Library Directors Digital Summit.  The theme of IL is “Revolutionizing the Net with Content, Connections and Conversations”.  Keynote speakers for the three days are:

  • Monday, October 17:  John Seely Brown, Chief of Confusion, Visiting Scholar at USC, Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, and Author, The New Culture of Learning and The Social Life of Information.  He will speak on “Information and Learning for the Future” and will describe a new form of culture in which knowledge is seen as fluid and evolving.
  • Tuesday, October 18: Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project and a frequent keynoter at IL, will discuss “Libraries and Learning Communities” and how people use the internet, smartphones, and tablet computers to get, create, and share information..
  • Wednesday, October 19:  A keynote panel of noted speakers will look into the future and discuss “Internet 2020: TrendWatch Smackdown”

Elizabeth Lane Lawley, Director, RIT Lab for Social Computing, Rochester Institute of Technology, will again present the endnote address, which will be on “Gamification: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.  (“Gamification” refers to using game mechanics in nontraditional contexts.)  In addition to these plenary sessions, IL will feature its usual mix of sessions, an exhibit hall, pre-conference workshops and the highly popular Tuesday evening event, which this year is entitled “The Great Web 2.0 Faceoff”.  The sessions are organized in 4 tracks:  E-book Evolution and Revolution, User Experience, Enterprise Trends and Practices, and Tools of Engagement.  [Important Note:  The conference will be blogged by ITI Editors on ITI’s LibConf blog and by other bloggers.  If you plan to blog the conference, please sign up to be listed on the site with a link to your blog and also to receive a special Blogger ribbon.]

The Library Directors Digital Summit is a new 2-day two 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.”  Here is a summary of the Summit from the website:

“The new Library Directors Digital Strategy Summit is an interactive event which includes leading edge thinking, collaborative opportunities for evaluating different future scenarios, various perspectives and viewpoints, industry experts, and more. Digital strategy has been defined as the process of specifying an organization’s vision, goals, opportunities and initiatives in order to maximize the business benefits digital investments and efforts provide to the organization. This summit pushes us to clarify our visions and goals for digital strategy in library environments, shares opportunities and initiatives, and looks carefully at the benefits our investments can achieve.”

Streaming Media Europe 2011 in London on October 18-19 will feature keynoters Ian Mecklenburgh, Director, Consumer Platforms and Devices, Virgin Media, speaking on “Streaming to the Connected Home” and Oliver Heckmann, Engineering Director, YouTube Europe, on “You Tube: A Peek Inside”.  And if you are interested in the “Connected Home”, a new special co-located one-day conference on October 18, Connected Home 2011, has been arranged with presentations focusing the distribution of digital media to consumers with the appropriate technologies in their homes.  And another co-located conference the following day, Online Video Strategies, is targeted at “attendees for whom video is not the core business, but who are using video as part of their internal or external communications strategy.”

Enterprise Search Europe, chaired by Martin White, well known consultant on intranets, has its inaugural conference in London on October 24-25.  The keynote speaker is Professor David Hawking, who is well known internationally for his work in information retrieval research dating back to 1991, which led to the Australian search engine, Funnelback.  Hawking’s keynote is entitled “How Can Academic and Industry Research Make you and your Customers Happy?”  Two concurrent tracks at the conference are on Tools and Techniques and Making Search Work.

The European counterpart to IL, Internet Librarian International (ILI), will be in London on October 27-28 (pre-conference workshops on the 26th), with a theme “Navigating the new normal — strategies for success”.  See this blog post for details on the keynote speakers and other features of the conference.

Finally, ITI’s traditional series of co-located fall conferences will be in Washington, DC on October 31-November 3.

  • At the 7th Taxonomy Boot Camp conference on October 31-November 1, the keynote address, “New Directions in Taxonomy” will be presented by Don Turnbull, a consultant in software research and development specializing in search systems (information seeking and retrieval), analytics, user experience design as well as intellectual property creation and analysis.  The two tracks, “Getting Started” and “Beyond the Basics”, are designed for attendees at varying levels of expertise in taxonomies.
  • Enterprise Search Summit Fall 2001, November 1-3, “Enterprise Search in the Real World”, focuses on practical aspects of implementing corporate search services.  Case studies and techniques for helping employees find information to do their jobs more effectively are the emphasis of the conference.
  • The 15th KM World conference, November 1-3, Jeremiah Owyang, Industry Analyst, Altimeter Group, will be the opening keynote speaker; he will discuss “Architecting a Connected Enterprise”.  On November 2, Dr. Carla O’Dell, president of APQC, an internationally recognized resource for process and performance improvement, and author of The New Edge in Knowledge will speak on “Let Your Networks Be Your Guide: Search in a 2.0 World”.  Two keynote panels, on “KM for the Future: Pioneers’ Perspectives” and “KM From the Bottom Up”, will occur on November 3.
  • Finally, the SharePoint Symposium, “Evaluating Where, When, and How to Use it in the Enterprise”, will be on November 2-3.  The Symposium is divided into four half-day tracks, “SharePoint Pros and Cons”, “SharePoint Across the Enterprise”, “The SharePoint Ecosystem”, and “SharePoint in the Public Sector”.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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