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The Future is Now - ALA Midwinter seminar reminder Collette Mak 03 Jan 1996 16:01 UTC

There are still a few seats available for the 3rd The Future is Now seminar
sponsored by OCLC.  The theme for midwinter is the convergence of reference
and resource sharing and we've got a great line up of speakers.  If you
missed the first posting, here it is.  If you had planned to register but
lost the info, here it is again!   The seminar will be taped and copies made
available through ILL.   The papers will be published and distributed both
on paper and through the OCLC web site.   Hope to see you in San Antonio!

  Collette Mak
Announcing a Resource Sharing and Reference Seminar at ALA Midwinter!

Program Title:  The Future Is Now:  The Convergence of Reference and
Resource Sharing

Sponsored by:  OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

Registration:  This program is free and open to all attendees at the ALA
Midwinter Conference in San Antonio.  Pre-registration is required;  please
see the form below.  The first 300 registrants will receive admission
tickets to the program.

If you're interested in the program but can't attend, videotapes of the
program will be available through OCLC*s ILL system.   In addition, printed
proceedings will be prepared by OCLC.  The speakers' papers will also be
available on OCLC's home page (

Time/Location:     Friday, January 19, 1996  2-5 p.m.  [confirmation with
meeting location will be mailed between December 26, 1995 and January 1,


Welcome  (Collette Mak, OCLC, Program Moderator)

Both a Borrower and a Lender Be
Marshall Keys, NELINET
Mr. Keys will discuss the role libraries, librarians, reference,  and
 resource sharing will play in the move to access.   What does the
information highway mean for library alliances, standards, shared databases?

Technology Will Free Librarians to Do... What?
Fred Weingarten, American Library Association
Mr. Weingarten  will discuss the impact of new technologies on libraries and
librarians.  Will technology free librarians to do more than just learn the
new technology?  In an era of electronic access, is there really a
difference between reference and document delivery?   What do our decisions
about access mean to the options available to patrons?

The Virtual What?
Suzanne Thorin, Library of Congress
Ms. Thorin will discuss the virtual library.  Can we really rely on access
when so many libraries aren't connected?   License agreements, intellectual
property,  Title 17, author's rights--what does this mean to access and the
virtual library?

Purchase Anxiety
Shirley Baker, Washington University, St. Louis
Ms. Baker will discuss the tension between ownership and access.  Document
delivery providers, full-text, pay as you go--when we decide to rely on
access what does this mean to collections?  What does it mean for
accreditation of curricula?  In the electronic environment, who really makes
purchase decisions:  ILL staff?  Reference staff?  Collection developers?

Recap and introduction of Reactors' Panel  (Tam Dalrymple, OCLC)

Reactors' Panel
Glen Holt, St. Louis Public Library
Bill Potter, University of Georgia
Lee Ann George, Harvard University
David Cohen, College of Charleston

Questions and Answers

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