Proceedings Style Guide: Panel Sessions

Panels and other technical sessions may contribute to the Proceedings of the meeting in several different ways and in different formats:

  1. If individual authors wish to have their papers included in their entirety, the paper should be submitted for peer review as per the Contributed Paper Guidelines.
  2. Abstracts of panels and other technical sessions will be included in one of two forms in print  and electronic Proceedings:

       A. One abstract for the entire session, with individual speakers and their affiliation listed;
       B. As above with abstracts for individual speakers.

For specific style questions (page size, footnote format, etc.), please consult the Proceedings Style guidelines for contributed papers


Example 1 --  one abstract for session:

Public Access: Privacy and Security Issues in Public Libraries
Moderator: Bill Moen
University of North Texas

These research findings and future visions will inform policy makers, researchers and the information science community about the roles of libraries in meeting the challenges of providing uncensored and secure access to electronic networked information.  The session will include reports from the GILS project, results and recommendations from the National Commission on Libraries and Information Services, analysis of public library Internet access policies, and a thought-provoking discussion of the threat of "Information Feudalism."

"The Threat of Information Feudalism: Encryption and Power."
Samantha Hastings, University of North Texas

"Public Access, Private Doubt: Public Libraries' Internet Access policies."
Abby Goodrum, University of North Texas

"Public Access to Government Information: Report from the GILS Project."
June Koelker, University of North Texas

"Universal Service and Open Access to the National Information Infrastructure."
John Bertot, University of Maryland Baltimore County


Example 2: One session Abstract and Abstracts for Each Speaker:

Evolving Information Economics:  Responses to the Digital Revolution
SIG CRS (Computerized Retrieval Services)

Session Organizer and Moderator:
[Insert speaker name and contact information]

Session Abstract

The session will present three papers related to the evolution of issues and policies brought about by the digital revolution. Management communications and structures have been significantly impacted by the digital revolution. How is information value affected by these new hierarchies? How do some of these structures affect the provision of resources? A report on the issues and concerns generated by the increased digitization of records will be presented by a traditional database vendor service representative. Discussion of changes in the business climate and conduct will be presented. Information economics has to develop new theories for evaluating value in a digital world. The value of short term information trends as reflected in curriculum development will be examined as an example of issues and problems inherent to the digital revolution. Methods for evolving better mechanisms for anticipating marketability will be suggested based on information economics theory.

Digital Accessibility: Information Value in Changing Hierarchies
[Insert speaker contact information]

With access to authority levels merely a few keystrokes away the rigid managerial hierarchy has experienced contractions of layers. Increased and nearly instant access as well as heightened expectations for responses create demands for attention which may impact management itself. Planning to provide more resources in the digitial age requires new forms of resource control techniques, including better time managment and evaluation of information value. So many voices can now be heard that new structures and economies must be considered. Addressing all the needs of all the players on the digital information field will require some creativity. Will the modified management structures be able to address the digital revolution?

Etc. [continue with similar information for other speakers.]

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Last Update:July 13, 1998