Computers in Libraries '98

Monday, March 2

* Track A • Library Systems    * Track B • Internet Tools & Techniques   
* Track C • Digitizing Resources    * Monday Evening Session
* Special Track - Computers in School Libraries, Day 2

Track A • Library Systems
This track explores current trends in library systems, including web-based information systems and intranets. Speakers address the relevant issues facing those involved with library systems, relate practical examples, provide tips and ideas, as well as areas of future focus. Organized and moderated by Pamela Cibbarelli, Cibbarelli's.

9:00am - 9:45am
A1 • Library Systems: Expectations for the Future

Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

With integrated and web-based systems at the forefront today, what can we expect in the next few years? Our popular and talented systems guru addresses some of the trends, innovations, and exciting challenges for information professionals in a world of networked information.

10:00am - 10:45am
A2 • Defending Against Sabotage: Security Solutions for Libraries

Allen Benson, Arkansas State University, Mountain Home

Benson, a national best-selling author, discusses how libraries and PC users in general can protect computer applications and data from being altered or destroyed by unauthorized users and hackers. Learn how to write and implement security policies for public access PCs. Discover how cryptography, secure memos, and anti-virus software can be used to safeguard data that is stored locally and transmitted

10:45am - 11:30am
Coffee Break • Visit the Exhibits

11:30am - 12:15pm
A3 • Key Executive Roundtable

Carol Blagsvedt, Winnebago Software Company
Scot Cheatham, EOS, Inc.
Lana Porter, Ameritech Library Services, Inc.
Susan Stearns, Gaylord Information Systems
Kate Noerr, Director of Marketing, Geac

This roundtable of key executives from leading library automation software companies focus their discussion on trends in the industry, new approaches to traditional systems, as well as innovative and creative solutions for library applications.

12:15pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break • Visit the Exhibits

2:00pm - 2:45pm
A4 • From DOS/CD-ROM to Online Access:
         A Tale of Woe, Wonder, Wizards & Witches

Francie Davis, Dowling College

In an effort to serve its customers better, Dowling College library converted access to its databases from strictly DOS and CD-ROM formatting to online access through the library's Web page using Windows and Netscape. Although the end result benefits the program, the two-year process required to meet the goal is a lesson in fortitude, patience, diplomacy, and a great deal of flexibility.

3:00pm - 3:45pm
A5 • Library Applications & the Web: Statistics & Legacy Gateways

Elizabeth A. Titus, Professor, Northern Illinois University
Jerry Rackley, Teubner & Associates, Inc.

Library statistics are used not only to assist librarians in making management decisions, but also as a way to reach broader audiences to educate and promote libraries. The first presentation looks at recent trends in the use of the Web environment for library statistics reporting. In addition to using a Web site, LIBSTATS, to illustrate some of the creative ways libraries are electronically reporting library statistics, Titus will cover the value of reporting library statistics on the Web as well as practical tips for developing library statistics reports on the Web. In the second presentation, Rackley presents a customer profile showing the benefits of web-to-legacy gateways solutions for libraries as well as the implementation issues.

3:45pm - 4:15pm
Coffee Break • Visit the Exhibits

4:15pm - 5:00pm
A6 • Building an Electronic Reserves System with a Web Accessible Database

Jon Jablonski, Daniel Barkey & Karen Gegner,
Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University

The responsibilities of reserves management are poised to increase with the push to produce and distribute electronic materials. In addition to faculty provided print material and books from the permanent collection, library staff are now faced with producing, tracking, and providing access to electronic materials. In light of the rapid acceptance of Internet technologies and the presence of highly used campus backbone networks, using the WWW as an access point for patrons has become the obvious choice. Rather than training already overburdened staff to build static yet frequently changing Web pages, Jablonski et al. talk about a database designed to classify, track and distribute electronic reserve documents via a dynamically produced Web site.

Track B • Internet Tools & Techniques
Increasing sophistication is needed to find key information and useful nuggets on the Internet. This track looks at some of the tools and techniques available now as well as those on the horizon. What are the most effective techniques when using search engines to search the web and to search one's own site? What are the current challenges to privacy and intellectual property with the shift to electronic media? Are there solutions in the offing? Where does push technology fit? How can libraries creating web pages make the best use of multimedia? Organized and moderated by Hope Tillman, Director of Libraries, Babson College & Walt Howe, Delphi Internet Services Corp.

9:00am - 9:45am
B1 • Search Engine Refinements

Joyce Ward, Director of Content Classification, Northern Light
Sue LaChance, Infoseek

Internet search engine vendors have listened to the complaint that more is not necessarily better. In an effort to deal with the unmanageable number of hits, a trend to give searchers ways to stop searching the whole index and limit searches to relevant sections is being seen. How are the search engines changing to make searching better? This panel of the latest and greatest search engine suppliers and users gives some solid tips for information professionals.

10:00am - 10:45am
B2 • Getting the Most from an Intranet Search Engine

Howard McQueen, McQueen Consulting

Intranet search engines have been developed with different philosophies. This session explores statistical, semantic and other approaches that lend themselves to handling different types of data. Learn how meta-tagging, document summarization and clustering can be used to create "Search our Server" technology to help your Intranet community locate relevant documents. McQueen presents a case study of how a major publisher archived their internal publication and made it keyword and field searchable.

10:45am - 11:30am
Coffee Break • Visit the Exhibits

11:30am - 12:15pm
B3 • Push Technology

Vicki L. Gregory & Anna H. Perrault, Associate Professors, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida

Using scholarly communications as an example, this presentation explores a consortial model of electronic publication with copyright held by the consortium and the utilization of PUSH technology to deliver the electronic publications to the membership. It focuses on the need for a new economic model as scholarly publishing moves from a strictly print environment to an electronic one as well as a new concept for ownership of intellectual property along with a new view of copyright. The model discussed does not focus on profit, but rather on an in-kind return to universities on the investment made in the generation of research and scholarship.

12:15pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break • Visit the Exhibits

2:00pm - 2:45pm
B4 • Intellectual Property & Privacy, Part I

Walt Howe, Delphi Internet Services Corp.
Peter H. Nickerson, President and CEO, N2H2, Inc.
Lesley Ellen Harris, Copyright & New Media Lawyer
Gordon Ross, Net Nanny Software International, Inc.
Hope Tillman, Babson College

The controversy to date has been in the management and control of intellectual property. As we move into a more sophisticated era, information professionals need to understand the nuts and bolts of access controls and privacy techniques. This program will focus on those key concepts that information professionals need to know in order to support vendor and customer concerns.

3:00pm - 3:45pm
B5 • Intellectual Property & Privacy, Part II

3:45pm - 4:15pm
Coffee Break • Visit the Exhibits

4:15pm - 5:00pm
B6 • Multimedia

Cindi Nicotera, Reference/Instructional Development Librarian,
Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College
Doug Nicotera, Supervisor of Photography, Arrow International, Inc.
Matt Gullett, Illinois State University

Poorly designed screen graphics can misdirect, confuse, belabor or frustrate web users. Effective graphics can facilitate information retrieval, enhance the educational experience, and increase the self esteem of the user. Cindi and Doug Nicotera will address the graphical elements, such as color, object placement, typography, and use of images, as they relate to screen design and aesthetics for library websites. Matt Gullett identifies reasonably priced software for adding multimedia to enhance library websites and discusses how to avoid counterproductive uses of multimedia.

Track C • Digitizing Resources
This track presents an opportunity to learn about the latest developments concerning the tools, trends, projects, and practical applications for digitizing information collections. Organized and moderated by Richard P. Hulser, Digital Library Consultant, IBM Corporation.

9:00am - 9:45am
C1 • Digitizing Resources:
An Overview of Where We Are & Where We're Going

Richard P. Hulser, Digital Library Consultant, IBM Corporation
John McGinty, Library Director, Marist College

After a brief re-examination of the digital library concept, examples and demonstrations are used to provide an update on various worldwide implementations using IBM's approach to digital libraries. Projections on future applications of digital libraries, and why it is important for us to care about such things will also be discussed.

10:00am - 10:45am
C2 • Digital Library Tools & Techniques

Howard Besser, University of California — Berkeley

This session looks at the work done at UC Berkeley on behalf of the Digital Library Federation and other organizations. Besser discusses the best practices for scanning and metadata creation, architectures for separating delivery from archiving functions, and modeling of digital object behaviors.

10:45am - 11:30am
Coffee Break • Visit the Exhibits

11:30am - 12:15pm
C3 • Digitization of Content: What's Legal, What's Not

Lesley Ellen Harris, Copyright and New Media Lawyer

Converting an existing work into digital form raises a myriad of rights management issues that must be addressed when considering a digital library project. These range from identifying ownership of the copyright in various literary and photographic works to understanding the legal protection of one's own work. Tasks may include locating the owner, seeking permission, licensing, or examining rights obtained by the library when it acquired works in its collection, as well as issues of "fair use".

12:15pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break • Visit the Exhibits

2:00pm - 2:45pm
C4 • Archiving Digital Resources: Illusions & Issues

Darlene Fichter, Coordinator Data Library Services, University of Saskatchewan Libraries

The actual cost of digitizing collections can vary widely from project to project and our knowledge of the costs for digital projects is still developing. We need to consider not only the cost of the initial conversion but also the cost of long term archiving and access issues. The goals and purposes of digitizing the collection often determine what future migrations may be required.

3:00pm - 3:45pm
C5 • National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

Edward A. Fox, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Bill Savage, UMI Dissertations Publishing

Progress on The National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) project, which is working toward a sustainable, worldwide, collaborative, education initiative of universities committed to encouraging students to prepare electronic documents and to use digital libraries, will be described.

3:45pm - 4:15pm
Coffee Break • Visit the Exhibits

4:15pm - 5:00pm
C6 • Into the Future: Preservation of Knowledge in the Electronic Age

Don Waters, Council on Library and Information Resources

A video by Terry Sanders, produced in association with the Commission on Preservation and Access (a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources) and the American Council of Learned Societies, explores the issues behind the survival of digitally stored information in to the future. In this session, attendees will view the video and discuss the issues it raises.

Monday Evening Session

7:30pm - 9:00pm
Technology & Knowledge Forum: A Look at Dead & Emerging Technology

Since we are now firmly in the knowledge age, and organizations and communities are striving to become learning organizations and centers, librarians are even more critical in the transfer of knowledge in these learning environments. Our popular "dead technology" session focuses this year on those technologies which will, and will not, allow us to transfer knowledge to our clients in easy, cost-effective, and relevant ways. This session features Computers in Libraries experts, pioneers and practitioners. It is free and open to all registrants, exhibitors, and exhibit visitors. Come and hear our panels' predictions of future-challenged technologies as they praise and condemn available and emerging technologies.

D. Scott Brandt, Purdue University
Stephen Abram, Director, Corporate & News Information, IHS Micromedia Limited
Ulla de Stricker, President, de Stricker & Associates
Walt Howe, Delphi Internet Services Inc.
Richard Hulser, Digital Library Consultant, IBM Corporation
Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones Associates

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