Technology Showcase

Technology Showcase

Monday, January 17, 2005, 10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Hynes Convention Center, Rooms 207 and 208

Once again we will be featuring the Technology Showcase, located in Rooms 207 and 208, next to the exhibit floor in the Hynes Convention Center. The Technology Showcase will take place Monday from 10:00 am - 1:15 pm.  Make sure to visit the exhibits between the presentations to enjoy the "Boston Tea Party".

Nantucket Theatre - Room 207, Convention Ctr

10:00 - 10:30 am
American Psychological Association
PsycEXTRA, A Database Approach to Managing the Gray Literature
The gray literature has been an on-going challenge for librarians. This session will use PsycEXTRA, the gray literature database published by the American Psychological Association, as an industry benchmark and present a database approach to solve many of the issues surrounding gray literature in the behavioral sciences. The discussion will provide guidelines for identifying and evaluating gray literature that can be applied to library collections and to the research process.

10:40 - 11:10 am
The advent of virtual portals, remote collections and the meaning of shared networks.
Christopher Warnock, CEO and Co-founder of ebrary, will explain the benefits that shared networks brings to libraries, corporations and other institutions as well as their end users. Additionally, he will demonstrate how to use shared networks to create subject-specific, remote repositories of content as well as virtual library portals. Warnock will demonstrate ebrarys new, never-before seen shared network client and server software, showcasing partners who are currently using the new system.

11:20 - 11:50 am
TLC - The Library Corporation
Morphing the library's public access catalog with new search technologies
OPACs can be intelligent systems that enable a "dialog" with the database. There are search engines that solve the classic problem of giving patrons too many or too few results.  These techniques include: "Guided Navigation," where each user selects from "facets" relevant to a specific frame of reference;  "Graphical Word Clouds," presenting associated concepts based on the data itself rather than predefined knowledge structures; and "Relevance" based on an ongoing dialog with the user.

12:00 - 12:30 pm
Chat, E-mail or Avatar, Let your user decide?  How to meet your users' information needs where, when and how they want it.
Reference librarians have an expanded array of tools available to them to address increasingly sophisticated users.  With the acquisition of 24/7 Reference, OCLC's QuestionPoint is poised to integrate the best of current technologies. This course will provide an overview of many of
the latest reference technologies available and best practices in deploying these tools.  Session leaders will present a holistic view of options from cooperative coverage and subject expert queues to evolving libraries' reference services in response to changing user needs.

12:40 - 1:10 pm
Serials Solutions
Managing and using E-Journal Metadata:  What does it mean?  Why is it important?
Learn why accurate e-journal metadata is critical to improving access to your electronic journal collection and how it can help you better manage your resources. Special attention will focus on why this information is critical for access through an e-journal portal interface, reliable links through an OpenURL link resolver, and populating your OPAC with MARC records for your entire e-journal collection. In addition, you will learn about the back-end applications that help you customize your e-journal collection, and discover more about the e-journals that you don't have a subscription for.

Cape Cod Theatre - Room 208, Convention Ctr

10:00 - 10:30 am
Endeavor Information Systems
The Big Reveal With Results They'll Love: Making Over Staff and End-User Interfaces With Usability Testing
Good interface design guides users to the right information quickly and easily. Usability testing is a powerful tool to help design a crisp, appealing end-user interface. Like an interior designer listens to a homeowner's needs to design a room, librarians listen to users to design their web interface. Topics include the hows and whys of user testing, characteristics of good interface design, organizing usability testing, gathering feedback, and turning input into results.

10:40 - 11:10 am
TLC - The Library Corporation
Digging through the Data Goldmine:  Using your library's data warehouse to understand and improve the services you provide
Every transaction in every library can be counted.  Libraries manufacture mountains of raw data every day, but seldom is data analyzed more deeply than for monthly reporting.  Libraries could learn from industry - banks, airlines, retailers, and the government - to use data mining to analyze and develop responsive services to users.  TLC's integrated library systems provide tools for data collection and analysis.  Koppel will discuss library data mining and suggest techniques to capitalize on data collected.

11:20 - 11:50 am
GIS Information Systems
Why Can't RFID Work Like Barcodes in the Self-Check Environment?
Fayetteville Public Library (AR) challenged the need to use SIP for the self-check station to "talk" to the circulation system in the ILS - resulting in a new way of thinking about RFID and self-check technologies. Throwing SIP2 pre-conceived notions out the window and asking questions like "why can't RFID be just like a barcode?" led to the integration of RFID and self-check into its library automation system, creating a faster self-check experience for library customers.

12:00 - 12:30 pm
Alexander Street Press
Turning unpublished audio archives into online databases
Recent advances in digital technology have enabled librarians to make previously unpublished audio archives available through online databases.  Whether these valuable archives contain recorded music, spoken word performances, oral history, or speeches, certain issues complicate their delivery. For instance, rights clearances may require royalty payments or meeting of specific release conditions.  Archivists also must balance audio compression and quality. Roger Press will discuss these and other issues arising from the availability of audio archives online.

12:40 - 1:10 pm
Index Data
Open Source Library Software: Will it ever be useful for the average library?
This presentation outlines a new model of software marketing and development.  It begins by explaining that Open Source is both a legal license and a software development model-and goes on to show how these two elements, working together, can transform the library software market, resulting in less expensive and better designed software, and speedier software development.  How librarians can bring about the conditions needed to unleash these potential benefits are then outlined and discussed.