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    Download the CIL 2015 Program in iCal Format

    The full program for Computers in Libraries 2015 is now available as a downloadable ICS file that you can import into most calendar programs and organizers. The calendar includes the full program of tracked sessions ...


See You Next Year!

As we were reminded at the registration desk, this was the 30th anniversary of CIL.  Like the previous ones, it was a great conference.  I attended lots of interesting and educational sessions on subjects like: MOOCs and their effects on libraries Makerspaces 3D printers in libraries Bibliometrics–a subject near and dear to my heart dating […]


Data-Driven Decision Making: Using Bibliometrics for Collection Analysis

Stacy Bruss, Reference Librarian at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), described how she used bibliometric analysis in the NIST library to develop the collection. (The conference website contains supplementary material with details of Bruss’s methods and sample outputs.) The annual collection impact study examines cited references and NIST publication authors to measure the […]

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“Geek Squad®” at the NIH Library

James King, Branch Chief and Information Architect at the NIH Library described the NIH and its library, which has 48 employees working in three branches.  Teams are focused on strategic and operational issues. The NIH library serves as a virtual organization for other organizations. A key component of the NIH library is the “Informationist Program” […]

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Redefining a Corporate Library With a 3D Printer

Theresa Dillon, InfoDesk Team Lead at the MITRE Corporation, described how 3D printing was used to redefine the MITRE library. InfoDesk Services is the first point of contact for answers to research questions and document delivery. Here is a photo of the library at MITRE’s Bedford, MA location. The open environment of the library encourages collaboration. […]


Technology & Libraries: Now & Into the Future

Mary Augusta Thomas, Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (there are 20 of them), presented her views on technology and libraries in her keynote talk on the third (and final) day of Computers in Libraries. Given the Smithsonian’s preservation mandate, it was unsurprising for Thomas to say that knowing our history is important. Managing […]

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Decades of Innovation and Tips For the Future: The Tuesday Evening Session

Led by Marshall Breeding, long-time CIL attendee (very long–he has attended every CIL conference since it began!), the Tuesday night session featured a lot of history, information, and amusement.  The panel included Meg Backus, IT Manager, Anchorage Public Library; Jason Griffey, Founder and Principal Consultant, Evenly Distributed, LLC; Jan Holmquist, Global Librarian, Denmark; and Darlene […]