Upcoming Events

May 17-20, 1998

Orlando, Florida

Collaboration Across Boundaries: Theories, Strategies and Technology

In response to mature markets, increasing global competition, fast technological development and decreasing resources, many organizations are adopting collaborative work practices to solve complex problems and produce innovative products. This meeting will focus on effective collaboration both within and among organizations.

October 25-29, 1998

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Information Access in the Global Information Economy

A truly global information economy is being fueled by the exchange of information and information-based products made possible by the international use of the Internet. In this economy there is an ever-increasing and critical need to provide access to the information available. How will we accomplish the need for access?

For further information on these upcoming meetings, contact ASIS, 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 501, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301/495-0900; fax: 301/495-0810.

March 1-5, Arlington, Virginia, Computers in Libraries '98, 13th annual technology conference and exhibition for librarians and information managers, will offer a wide ranging program focusing on library technology which transforms the operations, products and services, and roles within all types of libraries. For more information, contact Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 609/654-6266; e-mail: custserv@infotoday.com

March 24-26, Hanoi, Vietnam, NIT 98: 10th International Conference on New Information Technology, co-organized with the Ministry of Culture Information of Vietnam, will look at developments in technology and information management and their impact on levels of service in libraries and information centers, with a particular emphasis on the effect in different regions of the world. For more information, contact Ching-chih Chen, chief conference organizer, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115-5898; 617/521-2804; fax: 617/527-3431; or e-mail: cchen@simmons.edu

March 25-28, Chicago, Annual Conference of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, will focus on such topics as using specific analytical tools and techniques, embedding competitive intelligence (CI) in corporate marketing and planning, applying CI technology to technology-based industries, and exploring global challenges for business and CI. For more information, contact SCIP, 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 520, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703/739-0696; fax: 703/739-2534; or e-mail: postmaster@scip.org

April 26-29, Beijing, China, Second International Conference and Exhibition on Information Infrastructure, sponsored by Ministry of Electronics Industry and Chinese Association for Science and Technology, will share progress and experiences in information infrastructure planning, research, development, implementation and applications among countries. For further information, contact Mr. Jian GENG, Secretariat of ICII '98, President's Office, Beijing University of Posts and Telecom, Beijing 100088, China; e-mail: zyx@bupt.edu.cn

May 12-14, New York, National Online Meeting and IOLS 98, sponsored by Information Today, will once again focus on rapid technological advances affecting the primary markets served by the meetings. In the online realm, the major emphasis will be on the three major components of search engines. For IOLS, presenters will look at recent dramatic changes in library automation. For more information, contact Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 609/654-6266; e-mail: custserv@infotoday.com

May 17-20, Boston, Effective Utilization and Management of Emerging Information Technologies, sponsored by Information Resources Management Association (IRMA), includes a track focusing on information technology in libraries, which will address the role of libraries in a digital world, ethical issues of privacy, intellectual property, censorship and knowledge organization. For more information, contact Medhi Khosrowpour, program chair, IRMA International Conference, 1331 E. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033-1117; 717/948-6344; fax: 717/533-8661; e-mail: m1k@psu.ed the IRMA Web site at http://www.hbg.psu.edu/Faculty/m1k/IRMA.html

May 18-22, Borki, Poland, GKPO 98: 5th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Image Processing, sponsored by the Institute of Computer Science PAS, will be a forum for presentation of theoretical aspects, methods, applications and systems of image processing. For more information, contact GKPO 98, Institute of Computer Science PAS, ul., Ordona 21, 01-237 Warsaw, Poland; fax: ++48-22/37-65-64; e-mail: gkpo@ipipan.waw.pl

June 1-3, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Decision Support, Technology and Applications, 1st international conference on geospatial information in agriculture and forestry, will focus on trends in the development and use of geospatial information technology by the agricultural and forestry communities with special emphasis on applying advanced geospatial data and information techniques to improve decision making. Papers are invited on applicable topics. Proposed contribution summaries are due by November 3, 1997. For additional information, contact ERIM Agriculture Conference, P.O. Box 134001, Ann Arbor, MI 48113-4001; 313/994-1200, ext. 3234; fax: 313/994-5123; e-mail: wallman@erim.org

June 1-7, Pretoria, South Africa, The Challenge to Be Relevant in the 21st Century, the 1998 IATUL Annual Conference, will provide a forum for representatives from developed and developing countries to share views, gain perspectives with regard to the challenges facing library and information services in the 21st century, and promote networking essential for developing countries to ensure access to worldwide information. For more information, contact The Conference Secretary, Academic Information Services, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; e-mail: iatul@acinfo.up.ac.za

June 3-5, Ottawa, Ontario, Information Science at the Dawn of the Millennium, the 26th annual conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science. For more information, contact Elaine Toms, CAIS 98 Program Chair, School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 3J5; 902/494-2452; fax: 902/494-2451; or e-mail: etoms@is.dal.ca

June 23-26, Pittsburgh, Digital Libraries '98, sponsored by ACM through SIGIR and SIGLINK, will provide a common setting for researchers, practicing professionals and students to share experiences and to present results about system construction, human-computer interaction, hypertext, information retrieval, digital librarianship, digital identifiers and many other topics related to the field of digital libraries. Contributions in the form of papers, panels, short papers, poster sessions, tutorials and workshops are invited. For additional information, including submission rules and deadlines, contact Robert M. Akscyn, Knowledge Systems, RD2 213A Evans Road, Export, PA 15632; e-mail: rma@ks.com

August 14-17, Sheffield, United Kingdom, Information Seeking in Context: An International Conference on Information Needs, Seeking and Use in Different Contexts, hosted by Department of Information Studies, Sheffield University, will offer results of the latest research in the field of information seeking, debate methodological issues and identify areas for future research. For further information, check the website at http://www.shef.ac.uk/misc/groups/disc/ISIC/isic.html or write ISIC 98/Department of Information Studies, Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street, Sheffield, S1 4DP.

August 25-29, Lille, France, Structures and Relations in Knowledge Organization, fifth international conference sponsored by the International Society for Knowledge Organization, will focus on knowledge structures as represented in the human mind, in the formation of categories and in information handling tools. For more information, contact Widad Mustaffa Elhadi, Conference Chair, UFR IDIST, University Charles De Gaulle, Lille 3 BP 149 59653 Villeneuve D'Ascq France; e-mail: isko.conf@univ-lille3.fr