Call for Speakers: NERCOMP Shifting Models of Discovery & Access Day-long Workshop

NERCOMP Shifting Models of Information Discovery and Access SIG
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA February 1, 2010
Deadline for proposals: October 20, 2009


Libraries continue to migrate from out-of-the-box interfaces that search single collections to new products that promise, in various ways, to do a better job connecting people with the information they desire. OPACs are applying layers of lipstick, going open source, or fading away altogether, supplanted by new types of discovery tools. Federated search is mounting a comeback. Next-gen discovery tools promise to deliver the fabled single search box. Massive digitization projects are opening up the contents of books for discovery and–sometimes–retrieval. At the same time, proprietary, centralized projects like Google Books and OCLC’s WorldCat Local are developing alongside less centralized, more open initiatives like the Open Content Alliance, eXtensible Catalog project, VuFind, and LibraryFind.

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“Staff Development on a Shoestring” Conference Registration Open

“Staff Development on a Shoestring”

Libraries are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn and fewer of us have resources to attend national meetings. We’re also grappling with the changing roles of libraries and library staff as technologies develop and our users’ needs evolve. This year’s October Conference will explore innovative, affordable staff development initiatives.

Date: Friday, October 9, 2009
Location: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Registration fee: $80 (includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch)

Please register early to avoid disappointment; attendance is capped at 120.

To register or for more information, please visit the Conference web site at <>.

If you have a question about registration, please call Erin Branch at (603) 650-1661 or email her at

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