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The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians • March 12-14, 2003 • Washington, DC
Special Sessions

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Library as Implant; Librarian as Cyborg
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Michael Schuyler, Deputy Director, Kitsap Regional Library, & Lead Columnist, Computers in Libraries

The future will be more futuristic than you ever thought possible. Librarians seem to feel that the future will be a little more automated, a little more wireless, and a little more online, perhaps, but otherwise libraries will provide the same kinds of service they do today and become community centers as well. The problem is, this view is too introverted. It fails to place the library in the context of the future, which may turn out very differently than we understand today. Futurists are predicting that 10 years out, we may be right, but 20 years out, we may see a future that is so vastly different, we cannot imagine what it will look like. If you think of technological progress as a gently rising curve, the only way you’ll find the future is by looking straight up. The future library may very well be an implant; the future librarian may not be a Homo sapiens.

Achieving Together What None Can Do Alone: Interoperability and Standards
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Roy Tennant, Web & Services Design Manager, eScholarship Initiative, California Digital Library

Libraries have long used standards to good effect. For example, MARC and AACR2 were an essential foundation for automated library catalogs, union databases, and eventually the single largest book database in the world. But computer networks now provide an opportunity to achieve goals collectively that even a decade ago would have been improbable, if not impossible. For computer systems to work together (interoperability), standards are required. What the essential standards are being developed and/or are required for libraries to prosper in the 21st century?

Cybercrimes & Safety Strategies for Internet Librarians
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Jayne Hitchcock, Author, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors

Outmaneuvering online spammers, scammers, and stalkers is not on the top of the list for most Internet librarians, but it should be as we work with our clients in many different environments. This thought-provoking keynote alerts us to the dangers and suggests some key strategies for safe workplaces, encryption, computer protection, and protecting children. This entertaining keynote speaker has learned these strategies firsthand and shares her experiences and knowledge.

Technology & Knowledge Forum: A Look at Dead & Emerging Technologies
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

D. Scott Brandt, Purdue University
Darlene Fichter, University of Saskatchewan & Northern Lights Internet Solutions
Stephen Abram, Micromedia ProQuest
Michael Schuyler, Deputy Director, Kitsap Regional Library
Andrew Pace, Head, Systems, North Carolina State University

Firmly in the knowledge age, organizations and communities are striving to become learning organizations and centers, and librarians are even more critical to the transfer of knowledge in these learning environments. Our popular “dead technology” session focuses this year on those technologies that will, and will not, allow us to transfer knowledge to our clients in easy, cost-effective, and relevant ways. This session features some new views as well as some of our long-term Computers in Libraries experts, pioneers, and practitioners. It is free and open to all registrants, exhibitors, and exhibit visitors. Come and hear our panel’s predictions of future-challenged technologies as they praise and condemn available and emerging technologies.

Moving Every Child Ahead: Literacy and the Big6
(Organized and sponsored by Big6)
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ferdi Serim, Director, Online Internet Institute
Art Wolinsky, Technology Director, Online Internet Institute

In this separately priced full-day conference workshop for school librarians, attendees will learn specific, practical strategies to make their library or media center the hub of school-wide efforts to increase student achievement. Literacy is the key to all other areas of student performance,  taking on an expanded definition in the digital age. Ferdi Serim and Art Wolinsky, Certified Big6 Trainers, will provide research-based approaches to improving critical thinking, information-based problemsolving, and the writing quality of students through the effective use of technology. By developing district capacity for information-based problem-solving, the Big6 process can generate educational evidence for decision-making at the school and classroom level, allowing schools to move beyond the practice of education as an “evidence-free zone.”

Your school requires reliable, research-based information to decide:

  • How to achieve and document Adequate Yearly Progress.
  • How to apply the lessons of research to classroom practice in key curriculum areas.
  • Which efforts will result in the largest gains for at-risk and special populations.
  • How to manage student data so that it can drive student improvement.
  • What criteria to use in selecting both technology and traditional interventions.
Attendees will learn specific strategies for using technology to provide a window into student performance and how to evaluate the resulting data to help teachers become more effective.
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