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The Stacks - 2006 ALA Annual Conference Exhibition

Visit over 1600 booths with products and services designed to help you manage the library of the Millennium. The Stacks will be located in the exhibit halls in the Morial Convention Center. Hours are: Saturday, June 24 - Monday, June 26, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Tuesday, June 27, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Search our database of exhibitors participating in the 2006 Annual Conference Exhibition!

Visit our interactive exhibit floor plan, with links to all exhibitors!
(Last updated May 17)

Special Exhibit Floor Events

Meet the Authors: Your opportunity to meet and get autographs from favorite adult and children's authors and illustrators. Check the Final Conference Program for details on author signings.

Vendor Product Spotlight: The debut of the Vendor Product Spotlight presentations will take place on Sunday, June 25, in the Bourbon St. Theatre and the Royal St. Theatre, both located in Exhibit Hall J. The presentations will feature explanations and demonstrations of new products from ALA exhibitors, designed to help you improve your library. The presentations will run from 10:00 am to 3:50 pm with a break between 11:10 and 2:00 pm. Descriptions of presentations are available.

Poster Sessions: Poster sessions give librarians the opportunity to make peer-to-peer presentations on research, innovative programs and problem solving ideas. Details on sessions is available at

Silent Auction: Support ALA scholarships to deserving library school students by purchasing some of these great items up for bid at this year's ERT Silent Auction! Watch for items in green - these are items purchased in New Orleans or have a New Orleans theme. Check back often - new items are added weekly!

Exhibits Closing Reception: Join us again for the SupERTuesday Closing Reception sponsored by Exhibits Round Table, the Exhibitors and ALA from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm on Tuesday June 27.

The theme for this year is A Day of Giving. As you enter the Exhibit Hall you will notice that we are taking donations for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. (Look for the GIANT hot sauce bottle at the front of the exhibit hall.) You will be given a carnival ticket for every ten dollars you donate to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Visit the participating companies, listed below, and exchange your carnival ticket for wonderful prizes!

Also be sure to enter the SupERTuesday raffle to win fabulous prizes that will include iPods, digital cameras and CASH money for YOU and your library!!! Fill out the SupERTuesday entry form in the ActionAd Booklet and drop it in the raffle boxes located at the end of the 800 and 3200 aisles. The raffle boxes will be available Saturday – Monday. These raffles will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and the Grand Prize Drawing will be held at 2:30 pm. All of these drawings will take place on Tuesday June 27 at random locations on the exhibit floor. Winners will be announced via the PA System and must report to the location that is announced at that time. You must be present to win.

Fill Out Your Entry Form (Found In The Action Ad Booklet You Will Receive At Registration) And Join Us For Food And A Chance For Fun Prizes!

Redeem your Hurricane Katrina Carnival Tickets with many of our exhibitors (listed in the Exhibit Guide) for wonderful prizes.

LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage

In Aisle 200 of the Exhibition Hall Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Take a break from a day of meetings and programs and stop by the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage in the Exhibition Hall to enjoy readings from new and favorite authors and poets, learn how to develop author programs for your library, and find new recommendations for your patrons. Each year, acclaimed and new writers grace the Reading Stage. The LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage is presented by the ALA Public Programs Office.

Vendor Product Spotlight Event Descriptions

The debut of the Vendor Product Spotlight presentations will take place on Sunday, June 25, in the Bourbon St. Theatre and the Royal St. Theatre, both located in Exhibit Hall J. The presentations will feature explanations and demonstrations of new products from ALA exhibitors, designed to help you improve your library. The presentations will run from 10:00 am to 3:50 pm with a break between 11:10 and 2:00 pm.

Bourbon Street Theatre, Hall J

10:00 - 10:30 am
WebFeat Express: Full-featured Federated Search Implementation for Budget Conscious Libraries
The primary objective of this session is to educate librarians about WebFeat Express, a powerful and affordable, new federated search solution, that finally brings federated searching within reach for small and medium sized libraries. This session is of particular relevance for any small or medium-sized library, or budget conscious library, interested in federated searching ---whether to acquire a federated engine, or enhance an existing one.

10:40 - 11:10 am
18 Years in the Making: Celebrate the new Resources for College Libraries - 50,000 core titles essential for your academic library
Bowker is proud to introduce the new Resources for College Libraries, direct successor to Books for College Libraries, 3rd Edition. Help us celebrate! Come learn about the Bowker & Choice collaboration, the new features of the 2006 edition, the selection policy, the advisor committee, and the collection analysis tool. With 58 subject divisions, the new RCL is a perfect fit for every academic library.

Alexander Street Press
2:00 - 2:30 pm
The Music Conductor: a glimpse into the future of music services for libraries
Your library probably faces at least one of the following challenges in organizing online resources related to music: No single catalog of music resources, Inconsistent cataloging of musical concepts, No solution for the range of free Internet materials. Alexander Street Press's Music Conductor solves these problems by making resources accessible in consistent formats through a single online interface. Resources are indexed using common, controlled vocabularies, and free, editorially Web resources are included. Come to our presentation and receive a free CD of music from Alexander Street's databases.

2:40 - 3:10 pm
Shopping for Software and Services on the Web; Guidelines to Developing a Request for Proposal (RFP) and evaluating vendor responses
Don Chvatal will present Ringgold's OpenRFP web service ( supporting the library's learning about and subsequently procuring important new technology, including RFID services and Electronic Resource Management (ERM), as well as Integrated Library Systems. The goal of this tutorial is to inform librarians about their options for learning more about these products and how they might purchase them using web-based tools for e-procurement, including online preparation of Request for Proposal (RFP) documents.

3:20 - 3:50 pm
Learning from Our Users: How Ovid's Next Generation DesignEmbraces new technologies and Reflects changing user behaviors
Ovid's drive to the next generation search tools employed a new methodology embracing user-centered design, where user interface and feature/function decisions were based on customer use patterns. Our design revealed 'themes' based on changing user behaviors across all disciplines and proficiency levels. Today's demands for culling relevant information are significant and universal, and Ovid is responding to the call.

Royal Street Theatre, Hall J

10:00 - 10:30 am
Extending the “visual catalog” to encompass heterogeneous databases
Several libraries have implemented AquaBrowser Library’s newest features, including an integrated presentation of search results from diverse data types including MARC (in the catalog), XML, Web site content (exported from a content management system, or “spidered” from the Internet), etc. AquaBrowser’s search techniques allow such diverse data types to coexist for “hybrid search” capabilities. Intelligent searching is moving beyond a realm of “catalog only,” and librarians will want to be fluent in these developments. Presented by Jimmy Thomas, Director of Strategic Products

Oxbridge Communications
10:40 - 11:10 am—Searching The Standard Periodical Directory by Keyword/title or Data Field
The over 60,000 US and Canadian magazines, journals, newsletters, newspapers, directories and catalogs—the largest database, will be searched by keyword/title and data fields such as subject category, location, publication type, circulation, advertising info, production info and mailing list info. Output will be demonstrated in print and download. is available in single-user subscriptions or in site licenses for library computer networks.

2:00 - 2:30 pm
The use of Automated Material Handling Systems to streamline library operations
How do you choose, then implement an Automated Material Handling System? We’ll highlight libraries using AMHS’s. We’ll consider important steps, using these libraries’ experiences: reviewing current circulation policies and operations; considering staff and patron needs; and choosing/working with an architect. We’ll throw in some fun too: you’ll learn the common misconceptions about AMHS’s, like “That’ll never fit in my library!” You’ll end up knowing the steps of the entire process, along with AMHS capabilities.

Health Communications, Inc.
2:40 - 3:10 pm
Teen Talk: Stuff that Matters
Presented by Melisa Holmes, MD and Trish Hutchison, MD authors of Girlology: A Girl’s Guide to Stuff that Matters. Join us for a fun and insightful presentation that will help you connect with adolescent girls in new and rewarding ways. Let us teach you a little Girlology as we intrigue you with new research on the teen brain, empower you with tools to improve communication, hook you up with great teen-friendly resources, and cheer you on as you set out to make a difference in their lives. It’s all great stuff that matters!

Thomson Gale
3:20 - 3:50 pm
Thomson Gale PowerSearch—The Next Generation of Search
Join Thomson Gale as we demonstrate Thomson Gale PowerSearch—our new interface and product delivery platform, where you can search multiple Thomson Gale databases at once. In addition, watch us reveal and demonstrate the newest database addition to the InfoTrac family—Academic OneFile. With more peerreviewed journals than any other database and the latest technology for academic researchers worldwide, this is the premier academic resource. Free giveaways will be available.

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