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When Katina Strauch invited some colleagues to meet at South Carolina's College of Charleston for a discussion of issues relating to collection development and acquisitions in 1980, about 20 people responded. From those small beginnings, the Charleston Conference continued to grow and now routinely draws about 1,000 attendees. The fact that the 2009 conference maintained this attendance level even in these challenging economic times is a tribute to the ability of Strauch and her conference directors to recruit expert speakers. A significant theme was apparent in many of the presentations: The old models of librarianship and information access are obsolete, and libraries are taking steps to reinvent themselves in today's rapidly changing world. Studies show that many books never circulate in some library collections. Libraries can take advantage of this by shifting acquisitions from a professional collection development model to a user-driven model.
InformationToday 25 www.infotoday.com January 2010 Feb. 23–26 in New Delhi. This year’s Conference Dates Location URL theme is Digital Libraries: Shaping the Information Paradigm. The list of speak- Google Book Search in Depth Feb. 1–12 Online only www.umuc.edu/distance/odell/ ers includes a global representation of cip/ipa/workshops.shtml#google researchers in the digital library field. 3rd ACM International Conference on Feb. 4–6 New York www.wsdm-conference.org/2010 Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2010 Search Engines Search Engine Strategies London 2010 Feb. 16–19 London www.searchenginestrategies.com/london Here are four upcoming conferences Search Marketing Expo—SMX West March 2–4 Santa Clara, Calif. http://searchmarketingexpo.com/west of interest on search engines (see chart at left). The month of February ushers in con- 2009 Conference Start Dates In addition to formal presentations, the ferences on some of the industry’s hottest course includes treks to two institutions topics, including the semantic web, knowl- at each site (the State Library of New edge management, content management, South Wales and the Powerhouse Mu- and open access. Details are available in seum in Sydney, and the National Gal- the ITI Conference Calendar (www.info lery and National Archives in London). today.com/calendar.shtml). Time for one-on-one consultations be- No. of Conferences tween the course leaders and students is 2009 Conference Statistics also scheduled. The International Council for Scien- As is a custom in my first column for tific and Technical Information (ICSTI; 2010, here’s a brief look at some statistical www.icsti.org/documents/Workshop_ data on last year’s conferences. A total of Programme2.pdf) has arranged a 1-day 736 conferences held in 2009 were listed workshop on Feb. 8 in Paris as part of its on the ITI Calendar, of which 206 were Winter Meeting to discuss Interactive Pub- mentioned in this column. The conferences lications and the Record of Science. Four were held in 365 cities, the most popular of sessions will cover visualizations, adding which were London (36 conferences); New value to content, archiving issues, and the York (23); Washington, D.C. (17); Chicago future of journals. These are heavily de- (11); Orlando, Fla. (10); and San Jose, Calif. bated topics at present, and although it is (10). As shown on the accompanying graph not possible to examine them in detail in (left), the most popular month for confer- a 1-day meeting, a distinguished lineup of ences in 2009 was October. speakers is sure to provide an Opportunities for Emerging Markets. first of which will be held Feb. 1–5 in overview of the issues. Donald T. Hawkins is in- Other sessions will cover new publishing Sydney, with the second part scheduled The third International formation technology and models, piracy, collective licensing, and the Conference on Digital database consultant at market after the Google Book settlement. Libraries (ICDL 2010; Information Today, Inc. King’s College London’s Digital Con- www.teriin.org/events/ His email address is dt sultancy Services (www.digitalconsultancy icdl/index.php), organ- email@example.com. .net/digifutures) is again holding its Dig- to take place April 19–23 in London. The ized by The Energy Send your comments ital Futures 5-day training course. As in focus of the course is the creation, deliv- and Resources Insti- about this column to past years, it will be in two parts, the ery, and preservation of digital resources. tute (TERI), takes place firstname.lastname@example.org. Necessity Is the Mother of Invention: on recorded knowledge. Today’s knowl- edge is a process that is created through conversations. By providing access to con- The 29th Charleston Conference versations and dedicating themselves to
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