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Exhibit Location and Hours
The exhibits will be held January 11-14, 2008 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Details on participating exhibitors is available in the Product Locator section of the Event Planner. If you are registered for only the exhibits, you can access the Product Locator directly to search for exhibitors.

Exhibits will open on Friday, January 11, with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 5:15 pm preceding the All-Conference Reception on the Exhibit Floor from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Exhibit Hours are: Friday, January 11 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday, January 12-13 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, January 14 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please Note: Wheeled carts are not allowed on the exhibit floor - they are a trip hazard on the busy exhibit floor. A bag/coat check is available in the Convention Center for these bags. This includes carts, briefcases with wheels - any wheeled cart or bag that must be pushed or pulled. If you have one of these bags, an ALA staff or vendor may ask you to remove it from the exhibit floor. Strollers are allowed ONLY if there is a child in them at all times.

Special Events on the Exhibit Floor
Your registration includes several special exhibit events. Friday Night, don’t miss the best-Selling Author Forum from 4:00 – 5:15 pm. Immediately following the Author Forum will be the Exhibits Opening Ceremony and the All-Conference Reception, from 5:15 – 7:30 pm. Saturday afternoon, enjoy the Spotlight on Adult Authors, featuring special giveaways and galleys, and author signings. On Monday, the return of the Technology Showcase, featuring the latest trends in Library Technology.

Exhibits Opening Reception
Enjoy music, free food and the chance for lots of great prizes at the Friday Night The Friday Night Opening Reception, sponsored by the exhibitors and ALA, will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on the exhibit floor, and will feature food and music, as well as over 60 gift baskets (valued over $75 each) to be given away by exhibitors on Friday only! To register to win a basket, visit the exhibitor’s booth during the Opening Reception. These baskets will be raffled off Friday evening, so be ready to win! A list of participating exhibitors will be available in the Meeting Guide, and published in Friday’s Cognotes, and winners will be published in Sunday’s Cognotes. You do not need to be present to win.

ALA/ERT Author Forum
Friday, January 11, 2008, 4:00-5:15 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 204 A/B
The Author Forum will feature discussions with and readings from two best-selling authors.

ImageGERALDINE BROOKS was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal for eleven years, where her beats included some of the world's most troubled areas, including Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East. Her fiction debut, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, was published in 10 countries and was a 2001 Notable Book of the Year for the New York Times, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. For her second novel, March, Brooks was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. She is also the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal's Journey from Down Under to All Over. Born and raised in Australia, Brooks lives with her husband, Tony Horwitz and their son in Massachusetts and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at  Harvard University in fall 2005.
Sponsored by Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

ImageDR. MARY DORIA RUSSELL taught human gross anatomy at Case Western Reserve University in the 1980s, but has been a full-time writer since 1992. Her novels The Sparrow and Children of God are science fiction classics, recognized with nine national and international literary awards, including the American Library Association Readers Choice Award. In 2005, A Thread of Grace - about Jewish survival in Nazi-occupied Italy - was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In March 2008, Random House will publish her second historical novel, Dreamers of the Day, about the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference when T.E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Lady Gertrude Bell invented the modern Middle East. Russell is currently at work on her fifth novel, set in Dodge City in 1878. She is also collaborating with the poet Gary C. Wilkens on the libretto for an opera by the Puerto Rican composer Raymond Torres-Santos, which will be based on her first two novels, The Sparrow and Children of God. An engaging speaker, Mary is in demand for public events, and her books are frequently chosen for library programs and college courses. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Visit for more information.
Sponsored by Random House

Spotlight on Adult Literature
Saturday, January 12, 2:00-4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by FOLUSA and ALA

Participating publishers will feature book signings and some will give away free books or galleys. Register at the FOLUSA booth (#611) for prizes. Flyers listing participating publishers will be distributed at the entrances to the exhibit hall. Please check the Meeting Guide for a full list of participating publishers and events.

Technology Showcase
Monday, January 14, 10:00 am – 1:10 pm
Next to Aisle 2000 on the Exhibit Floor

After a one year hiatus, The Technology Showcase is back! Join these exciting companies as they highlight the latest trends in Library Technology. Presentations will occur in the Franklin Theater and Liberty Theater simultaneously from 10:00 am - 1:10 pm on Monday, January 14. Complimentary refreshments will be served on the Exhibits floor during the presentations.

Franklin Theater

10:00 – 10:30 am
CSI: Contextual search for information
The objectives of our presentation are to inform the ALA membership about new developments, technologies – and possibilities – related to semantic search, or contextual search, and its Web 3.0 applications. These highly advanced research tools enable rapid, intuitive and smart retrieval of information, in addition to providing knowledge discovery for both information specialists and their user communities. And finally, to engage our audience through a unique interactive learning experience that demonstrates the power of semantic search.

Index Data
10:40 – 11:10 am
OPENing Up Metasearching
This presentation opens for inspection the black box of metasearching, explaining the role of software, database connectors, metadata, and content, and showing how metasearching becomes more functional and less expensive as these elements become “open.” Achieving openness requires partnerships among libraries, metasearch vendors, content providers and grant funding agencies. A drawing for a six month free subscription to MasterKey accessing up to 20 standards-compliant databases will be held at the end of the presentation.

Innovative Interfaces
11:20 – 11:50 am
Discovery & Community: Manifesting Patron Success in Next-Generation Public Interfaces
Innovative Interfaces’ showcase will instruct conference attendees on how public search interfaces are changing and give an overview of the forces at work in libraries and on the web that are driving this change. The speaker, Senior Product Manager Dinah Sanders, will provide details of how new tools help libraries meet the challenge of dramatically improving patron success in discovering library information and services.

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Exploring Deep Indexing
Learn how to dig deeper into periodicals content through a new search retrieval capability based upon deep indexing of charts, tables, and other graphical objects that are not visible using traditional article-level and full-text searching. You’ll save scholars hours of research time by allowing them to quickly locate information most relevant to their work. Libraries benefit, too, because deep indexing leverages the library’s full-text subscriptions by linking out to those databases.

Serials Solutions
12:40 – 1:10 pm
Increase Your ROI: Optimizing E-resource Discover how you can use e-resource access
and management services to yield a high return on your e-resource investment and maximize staff resources. By taking advantage of today’s technology and contemporary library tools you can streamline e-resource access and management for the benefit of patrons and fellow librarians, and then dedicate more internal resources for e-resource assessment. We will focus specifically on the use of solutions that focus on interoperability, integration, SaaS technology (software as a service), and a single, vendor-updated knowledgebase.

Liberty Theater

10:00 – 10:30 am
eBook Think Tank- The Present and Future…
A panel comprised of three well -respected electronic resource librarians and moderated by Christopher Warnock, ebrary’s CEO, will be discussing the role of eBooks today, as well as where they are going in the future, What innovations have been the most successful for libraries. How best to integrate technology across platforms and the best methods for making electronic content accessible and useful for patrons.

10:40 – 11:10 am
Your Virtual Branch: How Public Libraries Boost Circulation with Popular Download Audiobooks, eBooks, Music & Video
Leading libraries around the world are reaching patrons online in new and effective ways. Learn from OverDrive, the download service provider with 5000 libraries worldwide enjoying added circulation from audiobooks, ebooks and other media. See live examples, including large and small libraries, individual and consortia, and all download formats. We’ll demonstrate critical success factors and provide valuable insight on how to measure success via real-time reports. Win one of 3 MP3 players just for attending!

3M Library Systems
11:20 – 11:50 am
How will RFID Tag Quality and Emerging Standards for Library RFID impact libraries in the near future?
Is one RFID tag the same as another RFID tag? Absolutely not! And standard, accepted accelerated aging testing proves this. Some tags will fail over time - how does this impact your system? What are the emerging RFID tag standards and what is under consideration? What can systems provide to allow for changing standards? Come learn the latest about RFID tag quality and emerging RFID standards. You may walk away with some free RFID tags.

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Step by Step Guide to Saving Money With Open Source On Your Public Computers
Opensource software is now a mature and proven way for libraries to save money and improve patron services. If you’ve been interested in opensource options (from PC reservation to an office suite to your public PC’s) this is your chance to learn how to get started. Listen as librarians talk about their real world experience and financial savings; ask questions of opensource experts and receive free install CD’s for all the software discussed during the showcase.

Centurion Technologies
12:40 – 1:10 pm
Maintaining Peace In Your PAC Universe
Briefly describe Reboot Restore Technology and how Centurion’s software will integrate into Public and Academic environments. We will ask two directed questions pertaining to the audiences’ experiences and describe how our software resolves them as well as other benefits we are familiar with. Provide an overview of the applications and how to maintain updates while still protecting the desired image. In closing, we will offer webinars for those interested parties to gain more information.

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