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Access 2005 Conference - Edmonton AB, 17-19 October 2005

:: The Access 2005 conference will be taking place in Edmonton, Alberta, October 17th - 19th, 2005. A number of my colleagues at the University of Alberta are members of the planning committee of the forthcoming Access 2005 conference, and on their behalf, I would encourage you to consider attending this event. The Access conference is the preeminent Canadian library technology conference and typically attracts librarians and information technology professionals from all over Canada, and in recent years the United States and even Europe.

Keynote speakers this year include:

Canada’s Choice: Copyright, Culture and the Internet – Dr. Michael Geist: Dr. Geist is the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. He is also a frequent contributor to the CBC, Toronto Star and Slashdot on issues of digital copyright, free culture, internet privacy, and file sharing. He has a must read blog at: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/

The Library and the Network – Lorcan Dempsey: Lorcan Dempsey is VP of Research for OCLC. He oversees the work of OCLC Research and participates in OCLC's Strategic Leadership Team. Lorcan was named OCLC Chief Strategist in March 2004. He also has a must read blog at: http://orweblog.oclc.org/

Cliff’s Notes, 2005 – Clifford Lynch: Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Cliff is too busy to have a blog :)

Other session highlights include:


A Radioactive Metadata Record Approach for Interoperability Testing Based on Analysis of Metadata Utilization
Dr. William E. Moen

Sorting Out Social Classification: Folksonomies and Tagging In Practice.
Gene Smith

Introduction to METS
Jerome Mcdonough

Management and Assessment

Planning for Assessment in Library Information Technology Services
Frank Cervone

Collaboration Management
Catherine Steeves

library2vendor: Open Source Development at SFU Library
Mark Jordan

Application Development

Have a Martini with that Olive: An Open Source Alternative for Publishing Olive XML.
Mark Leggott and Bess Sadler

(Grease)Monkeywrenching the Library: utilizing the sloppy underbelly of the web to expose our collections and services.
Ross Singer

Breaking out of the Box: Creating Customized Metasearch Services using an XML API
Roy Tennant

Open Source OPAC Clients - Obsolete PC’s as Thin Client OPAC’s
Rich McCue

As we may link: Building Memex with XML pipelines
Art Rhyno and Peter Binkley

Digital Librarianship

Digital Library Dialtone: Bootstrapping with Service Registries and Autodiscovery
Daniel Chudnov and Jeremy Frumkin

Bridging Worlds: Library IT and Free Software
Bruce D’Arcus

Visual Arrangement of Content in Rich-Prospect Browsing Interfaces
Dr. Stan Ruecker

And more sessions still to come. Don’t forget that the Access conference is a one stream conference.

Please do consider attending this conference. Look for registration to open by mid July 2005. The conference will cost $280 plus GST. More information can be found on our web site: http://access2005.library.ualberta.ca

Feel free to contact any member of the planning committee if you have questions (their contact information is available on the Access 2005 homepage.)

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