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A Conference Wrap-Up, by Podcast

Greg Schwartz has podcasted an 18-minute re-cap of the conference. Enjoy! Thanks, Greg!

Nancy Garman
Director, Conference Development
Information Today, Inc.
ngarman@infotoday.com

Blog Coverage of CIL – Wow!

The blog coverage of Computers in Libraries was absolutely awesome! This ITI blog was just the icing on the cake. We were pleased, surprised, and amazed by how many bloggers covered the conference. Next time we’ll do a better job of getting everyone connected (cheaper wireless access would help), and all the blogs linked, so everyone can easily follow all the conference news and happenings.

Check out this link to a new Blogdigger group with more conference postings. Many thanks to Christina Pikas who started it to include everyone who wanted to be part of this collaborative blogging effort.

Of course, don’t forget to check the Blogdigger group in the list below, too, for other coverage.

Other blog coverage of Computers in Libraries 2005:
Blogdigger
DysartJones.com
Library Stuff
Library Techtonics
Online Insider
ResearchBuzz
Tame the Web
Walking Paper

Nancy Garman
Director, Conference Development
Information Today, Inc.
ngarman@infotoday.com

Audio & Presentation Files Available

If you missed the conference, or if you want to re-play some of the best parts, you can purchase a CD of the audio presentations of most of the sessions, along with the PPT files that appeared in the printed presentations book. Conference attendees get a special price of $99, but for those of you who weren’t there, you can still shop online at www.digitalrecord.org. (As of this morning, the CIL 2005 CD was not yet listed in their store, so give them a day or two to update their listings.)

Information Today will also be posting updated slides and files from presentations on the Computers in Libraries web site within the next 2-3 weeks.

Nancy Garman
Director, Conference Development
Information Today, Inc.
ngarman@infotoday.com

If You Enjoyed Computers in Libraries….

We hope to see you again next year, March 22-24, 2006!

You might also consider—or recommend to a colleague—a couple of other upcoming ITI conferences. Internet Librarian will be in Monterey on October 24-26 and offers a similar mix of sessions and speakers, for those who could not join us last week in Washington.

Or if you want more-more-more of those great Web search tips and techniques sessions you heard at Computers in Libraries, take a look at Web Search University (WSU), scheduled for May 17-18 in New York and also in Crystal City on September 19-20.

Tom Hogan Jr.
V.P., Marketing & Business Development
Information Today, Inc.
thoganjr@infotoday.com

Saving the Best for Last

The final sessions of CIL2005 are now concluding. Gary Price and Tara Calishain took us on a whirlwind tour of Web sites with searchable databases and important information. In another room there was a spirited discussion of online communities through Web Junction. Internet @ Schools concluded with a session on blogging in schools. It’s been a busy three days and I’m off this evening to the final DineAround.

Marydee Ojala
Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals

Search Engine Scoop

The search engine gurus—Chris Sherman, Greg Notess, and Ran Hock—gave us updates this morning on what’s happening, what to watch, and some inside scoop. In the process, there were also some quotable lines I thought worthy to share here.

Chris covered current trends, like local search, personalization, collaborative search, and desktop search. We’re “sorta” seeing the return of push, he said. “RSS is huge. It will completely change the way we interact with information.” I was happy to hear that we’ll soon be able to get search alerts from Google and Yahoo sent via RSS rather than e-mail. One cool thing both he and Ran mentioned was using Yahoo IM to search the Web collaboratively—this has interesting reference and elearning possibilities.

Ran talked up the capabilities in MyYahoo, including RSS feed aggregation, document storage, calendaring, and more. Unfortunately, he said that a problem for both Google and Yahoo is that most users just click on the search button and don’t take advantage of all the good content and good features. There’s a lot of copying of features among the competitors. Ran said: “To see what Google may have in 6 months, look at Google Labs. To see what Google may have in 1 to 2 years, look at Yahoo.”

Greg covered some of the quirky results currently seen in Google Print and gave some tips on how to find things. “Finding books is really messy.” Greg will cover this in his column in the May issue of ONLINE.

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief
Information Today, Inc.
www.infotoday.com
phane@infotoday.com

And Down Came the Exhibit Hall

Just 30 minutes after the close of the Computers in Libraries exhibit hall the aisles were lined with crates and boxes instead of attendees. It was a good show and now it’s time to hit the road for most of these weary exhibitors. Attendees have one last chance to attend a post-conference workshop tomorrow—it’s still not too late to register.

Nancy Garman
Director, Conference Development
Information Today, Inc.
ngarman@infotoday.com

Content Management

Some interesting comments in the Creative Content track this morning. The World Bank is integrating Factiva at various points to mirror work procedures. Carol Knoblauch from Open Text thinks ILS systems will be supplanted by enterprise content managment programs. Someone in the audience wondered why PR departments were in charge of Web sites, particularly at universities. If you’re going to standardize your Web site, standardize it to industry standards, not library standards.

Marydee Ojala
Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals

ONLINE Personas

Mary Lee Kennedy and Stephen Abrams are talking about personas. Here’s a news flash – this isn’t new. Even Mary Lee is describing a project she started at Microsoft in 1999. ONLINE has published several articles on the topic. Alison Head had the cover story in the July/August 2003 and Sue Henczel gave her perspectives in the May/June 2004 issue.

After the session, I went over to the exhibit hall to check ProQuest to get a sense of how popular the use of personas are to both librarians and business people as they try to develop relevant products and services. The search results weren’t very encouraging. For example, combining personas with library concepts retrieved only 29 hits, but most were book reviews not about librarians employing personas.

Marydee Ojala
Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals

CIL 2006 Dates

Mark your calendar for March 22-24, 2006 for next year’s Computers in Libraries conference, right here again at the Hilton Washington.

Jane Dysart
Computers in Libraries Conference Chair
Dysart & Jones
jane@dysartjones.com