Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Call for Proposals: Converging Information, People and Technology

Sorry...I'm posting this late....If you can't submit a proposal, perhaps this is something you'd like to attend?!

Call for Proposals

2006 Special Libraries Association NorthWest Regional Conference
Content Management – Converging Information, People and Technology
October 6 - 7, 2006 - Vancouver, BC
Hosted by Western Canada, Oregon and Pacific Northwest Chapters

You are invited to submit a proposal for presentation at the 2006 SLA NorthWest Regional Conference.

Submission guidelines: Please see the Submission Form for guidelines and evaluation criteria at the conference web site:http://www.sla.org/chapter/cwcn/conference/NWRC2006/index.htm. Questions may be addressed to NWSLAprograms@f3rg.com. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2006.

Venue: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC http://fairmont.com/hotelvancouver

Introduction: Content management (CM) has, in recent years, moved from the back room of the web designer onto the desk of almost every information professional who has responsibility for getting their organisation’s content out to a suitable audience. CM professionals have helped to articulate the process and develop the systems to manage it. Many librarians, on the other hand, are meeting CM for the first time, even if they recognise elements of it in their existing skill sets.

The keynote speaker will be Bob Boiko. As the author of the Content Management Bible, Bob is, without exaggeration, the guru of content management. He is a teacher, consultant, writer, programmer, and itinerant businessman. Bob is currently President of Metatorial Services, Inc. (www.metatorial.com) and an affiliate faculty member of the Information School at the University of Washington (www.ischool.washington.edu).

Target Audience: The primary objective of the conference is to bring together SLA members and others with a professional or academic interest in content management and related disciplines. The conference will focus on developing content management skills for attendees of all knowledge levels, from novice to advanced, and demonstrating the added value of content management.

Presentations: We welcome presentations on the use of CM in and outside of library settings and from introductory to advanced levels. We expect that most programs will run for just under one hour including time for questions and answers, although we are open to suggestions of other formats (workshops, panel discussions, etc.) that might run for longer or shorter periods.

Topics: We welcome presentations on, for example:

· fundamentals of CM · CM systems
· best practices · metadata
· case studies · taxonomies and thesauri
· CM jobs in special libraries · information architecture
· CM challenges

Speakers should bear in mind that their audience may encompass a range of knowledge and experience of both CM and information skills.

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