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Call For Speakers Opens for Computers in Libraries 2011!

Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities

Computers in Libraries 2011 Call for Speakers

#CIL11 Call for Speakers!

Whether we are planning or designing services for our library community, or delivering services of value to them, we have to align our community’s needs, cultures, and opportunities. Learn about the latest trends affecting your community and your clients at Computers in Libraries 2011. The conference program is filled with ideas, innovative practices, tips and techniques for identifying community needs and opportunities as well as designing and delivering strategic and creative services that are of primary importance to our communities. The emphasis is on creating strategic value for our user communities and using new web tools to build innovative and priority services.

Information Today Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than twenty-five years with Internet Librarian and KMWorld, is pleased to announce the 26th annual Computers in Libraries – the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating all aspects of library technology. Our theme, Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities, encompasses all the challenges, solutions, technologies and practices that those working with computers in libraries or libraries in computers are dealing with today. The conference offers a multifaceted program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators, intranet strategists, portal creators, and information specialists. The focus of the conference is on leading edge technology that allows us to bring strategic value to our user communities. It provides the latest information and practices for you to make informed choices for your community — whether it is an academic, corporate, non-profit, public, or school library community.

Computers in Libraries caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge, offering four simultaneous tracks plus many workshops, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibit hall. This year’s tracks and themes encompass: Community Building; Partnerships & Collaboration; Aligning for Maximum Value; People (skills, organizations, roles); Social Media, Learning & Literacy; Places (virtual & physical); Digital/Virtual Library Services; Research & Innovation; Integrating Systems & Strategies; Information Discovery & Search; Technology Planning; Managing Content & eResrouces; Web Tools & Leading Edge Technology; Intranets & Portals; Search Engines; Case Studies of Internet & Intranet Librarians as well as Digital Library Managers; Library Automation, Architecture & Infrastructure; Managing Information and Knowledge Assets, eLearning & Training, Web Design & Development, Streaming Multimedia, and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, “how to” solutions, and case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sharing your knowledge and ideas; send us a proposal to speak. Below are some of the topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.


These are suggestions only, use your imagination! The more creative the topic, the better!

  • Acquiring & Managing Content
  • Aligning with Strategic Priorities
  • Beyond 2.0 for Libraries
  • Blogs, Wikis & RSS: What’s New?
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Building Strong Communities
  • Building Technology Alliances
  • Building & Using Taxonomies
  • Collaboration Software
  • Connecting People & Technology
  • Content Management Tools
  • Cool Web Tools
  • Co-ordinating Web Teams
  • Creating Strategic Value
  • Creating Tomorrow’s Learning Environments
  • Creative Management Practices
  • Digital Archiving
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Digitizing Collections
  • Distance learning technologies
  • eBooks & eJournals: Acquiring & Managing
  • eLearning Strategies & Cases
  • Evaluating web resources: Tools
  • Experimenting & Learning
  • Facebook, MySpace & LibrarySpace
  • Finding Partners in Tough Times
  • Folksonomies & Metatagging
  • Funding Technology
  • Future Net/Web strategies
  • Gaming & Learning
  • Gauging Customer Needs
  • Information Architecture
  • Information Discovery & Visualization
  • Innovation, Change & Libraries
  • Innovative Ways to Connect with Clients
  • Intranets & Portals in Action
  • Leading Edge Technologies
  • Lessons learned from Techies
  • Library Performance Improvement
  • Making Interfaces Usable
  • Making Tough Choices
  • Managing Desktop Access
  • Managing Digitally
  • Managing Electronic Resources
  • Maximizing User Experience
  • Mobile Computing
  • New Technologies & Libraries of the Future
  • Next Gen OPACs
  • People Capabilities & Libraries
  • Personalization & Customization
  • Search Engine Tips & Tools
  • Second Life & Libraries
  • Social Listening
  • Social Media & Libraries
  • Special & Virtual Libraries: Cases
  • Strategic Library Competencies
  • Streaming Content to Mobile Devices
  • Streamlining Systems & Workflow
  • Teaching Tips for all ages
  • Technology Planning
  • Tools for Spreading Information & Ideas
  • Top Tips for Teaching Adults
  • Understanding Community Needs & Opportunities
  • Usability Testing for Web Sites
  • User Generated Content
  • Virtual Library Services
  • Web Design & Usability
  • Web Development Tips & Tools
  • Web Policies & strategies
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Wireless strategies & the Library
  • Writing & Publishing for the Web

Submit a proposal at  Computers in Libraries 2011: Call For Speakers.

5 Ways to Make CIL2011 Even Better

Computers in Libraries 2010 ran smoothly for both attendees and organizers down in Crystal City, VA back in April. However, as educational and entertaining as it was, there is always room for improvement.

Welcome to CIL2010

Like any good conference, Computers in Libraries is all about meeting the needs of you, the attendees!  Because of this special focus ,there are five things you can do, every year, to help us make the event better and better.

  1. Check out the CIL2010 presentation materials.  If you missed session that you really wanted to hit, this is a good way for you to at least get a peak at what you missed.
  2. Most Computers in Libraries presenters are social creatures. Connect with your favorite speakers.  Many of the presenters at CIL2010 have listed their social networking address in their speaker profile like Jill Hurst-Wahl.  Let them know if you enjoyed their session. Many attendees found Twitter to be an invaluable way to get their post-conference questions answered.
  3. Send a shout out to the conference chair.  At CIL2010 you probably never spent more than two hours without being within shouting distance of Program Chair, Jane Dysart.  Jane is always approachable on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn and if you have an idea to improve the content of next years program, she is the woman to tell.  Telling her your ideas now allow her the time to look into your suggestions for next year’s event.
  4. Get involved and share your voice.  This year we had 31 1/2 bloggers at the conference this year (Maurice Coleman has so much to say he needs not one, but two blogs!).  Many of their posts helped shed light on topics that could only be lightly covered in a single session.  If you will be blogging from Computers in Libraries (or even Internet Librarian 2010) please let us know so we can get your blog listed here at and we want to get you one of those nifty Blogger ribbons for your conference badge.  We know that the folks  blogging at Comptuers in Libraries have more to say year round so you can find links to their latest posts right here.  (And it is not just because I never miss Brian Herzog’sReference Question of the Week‘.)
  5. And finally, give some feedback to the behind the scenes folks.  The conference organizers are the ones out there making sure your speakers have Internet access when they need it and they make the hotel dial back the air conditioning when someone tweets: “The Potomac is FREEZING!”.  These people are running around like crazy during the conference and it is only after it is all over that they can take a deep breath and try to figure out how it went.  The one and only way they have to get your feedback is via the Computers in Libraries 2010 attendee survey.  There are only nineteen questions but they are finely crafted to make sure the ITI organizers know what worked, what did not work, and what is most important to you!  Also, I’m just saying…, you could be the winner of the $50 Barnes and Noble gift card just for filling out the survey!  That could come in really handy when you need to buy reading material for your flight to Computers in Libraries 2011.