NFAIS Announces Two Workshops; Hosts Webinar on Google+

NFAIS, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services, has announced two upcoming one-day workshops.

A workshop entitled Web Scale Information Discovery: The Opportunity, The Reality, The Future will be in Philadelphia, PA on September 30.  This meeting will be of interest to anyone working with discovery services, which have grown in popularity during the past year.  The workshop will open with an overview of discovery services, presented by Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies.  She will be followed by representatives from the four major discovery service players:  Summon by Serials Solutions, Primo Central from Ex Libris, OCLC’s WorldCat, and EBSCO Discovery Service.  Each speaker will describe the features and capabilities of their service.  Diane Bruxvoort, Associate Dean, Technology and Support Services at the University of Florida will enumerate the criteria that a library uses to analyze and select a discovery service.  Then Bonnie Lawlor, Executive Director of NFAIS, will describe a Code of Practice for discovery services that is currently under development, and the day will close with the four vendor representatives taking a look into the future of discovery services.

The 10th NFAIS Humanities Roundtable: Embracing the Future While Coping With the Present will be in New York on October 3.  The keynote speaker will be Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director, Office of Scholarly Communication, MLA, and the following presentations will cover topics such as metadata, digital humanities initiatives, and remaining relevant by directing students to relevant information resources.  To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Humanities Roundtable, a Dutch-treat dinner will follow.

Google+ Webinar Slides Now Available

Here is an e-mail that I received from Bonnie Lawlor, Executive Director of NFAIS announcing the availability of slides from a recent webinar on Google+.  (I listened to that webinar and can confirm that it was indeed excellent.  If you have any interest in Google+ or are considering using it, I highly recommend you view the webinar, or at least the slides.  See below for the cost to view the webinar–access to the slides only is free.)

On September 9th NFAIS held an in-depth webinar on Google +.  The well-received session was hosted by John Blossom, President of Shore Communications Inc.and author of Content Nation (Wiley, 2009), who provided a detailed understanding of what Google+ is, where it came from, how it works, how people are using it most effectively, and the key issues that it raises for the information industry. The slides are now available on the NFAIS website; click here to view them.

The webinar received rave reviews and will be available for viewing until September 30th. Take a look at the slides and, if your interest is piqued, you can register to view the recorded session at your leisure and learn more about this innovative new tool that is off to the fastest start yet in social media history!  Google + gained more than 25 million users in its first month of use alone, and enjoys the intense support and involvement from senior Google executives and a broad staff. Why? Google is now in social to win it, with a rich array of Web, mobile, photo and video tools and assets that engage people in sharing and commenting on content very actively and in fresh ways. It is changing the game for social media.

To view the webinar, NFAIS members pay $95 and non-members pay $115.  An unlimited number of staff from an NFAIS member organization can view the recording for a group fee of $245. The group fee for an unlimited number of staff from any non-member organization is $285. Registration information is also here.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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