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Saturday, May 16

Saturday  9:00am - 1:00pm
Finding the Right Stuff: Using and Evaluating Internet Search Engines

Saturday  1:30am - 5:30pm
Internet Law Saturday  9:00am - 5:00pm
Harnessing New Technologies for Collaboration

Sunday, May 17

Sunday  9:00am - 5:00pm
Digital Libraries: Computer Concepts & Technologies for Managing Library Collections

This course will deal with digital libraries in which library materials, as opposed to bibliographic citations, are maintained in computer-processible formats for online access. As part of defining Digital Libraries, we'll explore the differences between digital libraries, electronic libraries and virtual libraries. We'll examine computer concepts and technologies for the management of library collections. Emphasis will be placed on two broad approaches to digital library implementations: storage of library materials as images and storage of library materials as text.

For each of these implementation approaches we'll identify the system components and requirements, discuss the typical work flows and the advantages and limitations of each approach. We'll also look at some examples of current real-life implementations.

We'll cover the issues and concerns involved in planning a digital implementation. The special problems associated with the conversion and storage of library materials will be examined in detail. We'll also cover various methods of estimating the costs associated with digital library implementations.

William Saffady is a professor in the School of Information Science and Policy, State University of New York at Albany, where he teaches courses in various aspects of information management. He is the author of over 30 books and many articles on records management, document imaging, information storage technologies, office automation, library automation and other information management topics. His most recent books include Electronic Document Imaging Systems, Optical Disks vs. Micrographics 1993 Edition and Managing Electronic Records. Two of his books, Introduction to Automation for Librarians and Micrographic Systems, are considered the standard textbooks on their subjects. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Saffady serves as an information management consultant, providing training and analytical services to corporations, government agencies and other organizations.

Sunday  9:00am - 5:00pm
Copyright and Intellectual Property in an Electronic World Sunday  9:00am - 5:00pm
Introduction to Image Databases  
Sunday  9:00am - 5:00pm
Building the Virtual "Intranet" Knowledge Center  
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