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Joint Chapter Program

"To Google Or Not To Google"

Joint program of the Indiana, Michigan, and Chicago Chapters
of the Association for Information Science & Technology
University Libraries of Notre Dame

Friday, June 17, 2005: 10:00AM - 3:30PM
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

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Join us for a day-long regional ASIS&T program, sponsored by the Indiana, Michigan, and Chicago chapters and hosted by the University of Notre Dame! John P. Wilkin of the University of Michigan will explain the UM-Google digitization deal: what it is, how they got there, and what it will mean for the University of Michigan. Edward J. Valauskas of Dominican University will tell us about his research on search engines and how they use - or don't use - metadata. And Pascal V. Calarco and colleagues from the University of Notre Dame will outline their recent usability testing and redesign to improve the usability and usefulness of the library catalog, targeted to undergraduate populations who are more comfortable using Google for their information needs.

WHEN: Friday, June 17, 2005 10:00AM - 3:30PM
Registration / Networking: 10:00AM - 10:30AM
John Price Wilkin: 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Lunch / Networking: 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Ed Valauskas: 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Break / Networking: 2:00PM - 2:30PM
Pascal Calarco: 2:30PM - 3:30PM

126 DeBartolo Hall
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Room details and campus map, available from the University of Notre Dame Web site. (link opens in new window)
** see directions below

10:30 - 11:30: "The UM-Google Digitization Deal: What It Is, How We Got There, and What It Will Mean for the University of Michigan."
John P. Wilkin, Associate University Librarian, University of Michigan

    In December 2004, Google and the University of Michigan announced an initiative to digitize the entire collection of the University Library. More than two years in the making, this landmark agreement represents not only a major change in the way that library resources are delivered to the Library's constituencies, but a manifestation of major changes in digital technologies and culture. Wilkin will discuss the events leading to the announcement, the processes used for conversion, and how the Library sees this affecting its delivery of services in the coming years.
1:00 - 2:00: "The Use of Metadata by Search Engines: Evidence From the Internet Journal First Monday."
Edward J. Valauskas, Follett Chair, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, and, Chief Editor, First Monday ( -- link opens in new window)
    A series of experiments were conducting examining how the content of First Monday, an Internet-based, peer review journal, were treated by a variety of search engines. Content was examined in a pre-metadata state and after metadata was added to a variety of articles. The addition of metadata had differential results indicating that search engines use various tools to analyze digital content.
2:30 - 3:30: "Make It More Like Google: Redesigning the Library OPAC at the University of Notre Dame"
Pascal V. Calarco, Aaron Bales, Tom Lehman, University Libraries of Notre Dame/Michiana Academic Library Consortium
    We will present the work done in assessing and redesigning the library catalog at Notre Dame over this past year. Starting with some vague LibQual+ results indicating that some patrons found the catalog 'hard to use', we did some usability tests with student subjects, and then started redesigning the Web OPAC to resolve these usability issues. At the same time, we have also started implementing metasearch services using a commercial application, MetaLib, to provide easier resource discovery. Come hear about this twin approach to improving the usability and usefulness of the catalog, generally targeted to undergraduate populations who are more comfortable using Google for their information needs.

Lunch will be arranged as "Dutch Treat Dine-Arounds." We will break up into small groups and walk to nearby restaurants. A Notre Dame host will accompany each group. Menus will be available at the registration table in the morning; sign up for your favorite restaurant or group there!

$15 for ASIS&T Student Members
$25 for ASIS&T Members
$25 for Non-Member Students
$35 for Non-Members

REGISTRATION: (deadline Monday, June 13, 2005)
Registration is now closed.

Parking is a short walk away. See (link opens in new window). There is a large visitor lot at the south of campus, and additional parking for those who stay at the on-campus hotel, the Morris Inn ( -- link opens in new window).

The University is located just south of the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90) and just east of Indiana 933. >From the Toll Road, use exit 77 (South Bend/Notre Dame) and turn right (south) onto Indiana 933 (Michigan Street). Turn left (east) onto Angela Boulevard (the fourth light), drive about one mile and turn left (north) onto Notre Dame Avenue (the first light).
** University of Notre Dame also has detailed directions (link opens in new window) on their Web site.

Questions? or for more information, please contact:

Pascal Calarco, Indiana ASIS&T Chapter Chair-elect
    * * *     574-631-3409

Created: 23 May 2005, ARKB