2013 Annual Conference Program

Sunday, February 24, 2013

9:00am - 5:00pm: Registration (Grant Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)
9:00am - 12:00pm: NFAIS 2013-2014 Board Meeting  (Cliveden, 19th Floor)
1:00pm - 1:05pm:

Suzanne BeDell, NFAIS President-Elect 2012- 2013
Managing Director, Elsevier Science & Technology Books
(Grand Ballroom)

1:05pm - 1:45pm: Unlocking Value from Content: Current Trends in Content and Technology

David Weinberger, author of Too Big to KnowSenior Researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society; co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab

With the volume of digital content and data growing exponentially, the ability to provide relevant and actionable answers rather than large quantities of information has become the goal of publishers and librarians around globe. Now that goal is within reach with the convergence of technologies for the mining, linking, analysis, measurement, and management of large quantities of information across multiple media and data formats. This session will provide an overview of how these technologies can be used to unlock and create new layers of value and the opportunities that have been created along the entire information distribution chain.

1:45pm - 2:30pm: Unlocking Value from Content: Industry Trends

Laura Ricci, Market Analyst, Outsell, Inc. [Slides]

The results of a recent survey will provide some insights on the degree to which methodologies such as data mining, metrics, analytics, visualization, and linking have been embraced by traditional publishers, database producers, and librarians. It will also provide insights as to what new skill sets, if any, are needed and if organizations have restructured in order to maximize their efforts.

2:30pm - 3:00pm: 

Break and Networking Opportunity

3:00pm - 4:30pm: In Search of Answers: Scholars and Scientists Speak Out
Dr. Timothy Hitchcock, University of Hertfordshire [Slides]
Jason Priem, Doctoral Candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill [Slides]

John Coleman, Director, Phonetics Laboratory, Oxford University [Slides]

Scholars and researchers are looking for answers. There is too much data and too little time to search, sift, and evaluate the volume of information that their searches retrieve or that their librarians provide. In this session scholars and scientists will talk about why today's searches can be frustrating, the tools that they use to get to the answers they need, and specific initiatives in which they are involved that have the goal of creating new value from existing information.

5:00pm - 6:00pm: NFAIS Assembly Meeting (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)

The NFAIS Assembly Meeting is open to all representatives of NFAIS member organizations. 

6:30pm - 8:00pm:  Welcome Reception (Rose Garden and Promenade, 19th Floor)


Monday, February 25, 2013

8:00am - 5:00pm:  Registration (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)
7:45am - 8:30am:

Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 10:00am: Unlocking New Value from Content: Part I
Ronald Snyder, Director of Advanced Technology, ITHAKA/JSTOR [Slides]
Stephen Abram, Vice President Strategic Partnerships and Markets, Gale-Cengage Learning [Slides]

J. Alexander Tyrell, PhD, Corporate R&D, Thomson Reuters

Each new generation of information products and services has progressed along the path from delivering information towards the ultimate goal of delivering answers. This session will look at how and why creative publishers and librarians are aggressively applying data mining, analytics, metrics, and linking both on internal data to better understand user behavior and needs, and on the product content have amassed over the years in order to expose new layers of value. They will discuss the challenges that they face and how their organizations have changed in order to create quantifiable, decision-making information.

10:00am - 10:30am:

 Break and Networking Opportunity

10:30am - 12:00pm:  Unlocking New Value from Content: Part II
Helen Parr Moran, Vice President, Smart Content Strategy, Elsevier Health Sciences [Slides]
Chris Burghardt, Vice President, Product and Market Strategy, Thomson Reuters IP & Science [Slides]

Isaac Sacolick, Vice President, Technology, McGraw Hill Construction

Both librarians and publishers are striving to provide actionable, decision- making content to scholars and scientists at their point of need. This session will take a look at several of the innovative new products and services that have recently been developed with this goal in mind. Speakers will discuss how user needs were identified, the development challenges and time frame, user response to the service, how close they believe they have come to delivering answers and what is yet required to transform information into knowledge.

12:00pm - 2:00pm:  Lunch on Your Own
12:00pm - 1:45pm:

NFAIS Members-only Lunch Event
(Prior registration required; lunch will be provided)

Michael Cairns, President, Information Media Partners [Slides]

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Unlocking Content Value: New and Emerging Technologies
Daniel Mayer, Vice President, Marketing, TEMIS, Inc.
Larry Birnbaum, Chief  Scientific Advisor, Narrative Science [Slides]

Alberto Pepe, Information Scientist,  Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University [Slides PDF]

]This session will take a look at some of the new and emerging technologies that are or will soon be available to create quantifiable information and deliver answers, such as those that offer predictive and sentiment analytics, expert recommendations, innovative search techniques, visualization tools, and new artificial intelligence techniques

3:30pm - 4:00pm:

Break and Networking Opportunity

4:00pm - 4:45pm: Miles Conrad Lecture
Unlocking the Value of Knowledge Businesses

In this Miles Conrad award presentation, Bob Snyder, Chairman of Cambridge Information Group, will share his experiences in the information industry and discuss the important role of business in unlocking the value of content through innovation, risk-taking and partnerships. These experiences span the many advances in information services that Bob has spearheaded over the course of decades, via direct investment or inventive partnerships, from the pioneering of CD-ROM through to current innovations in content digitization, discovery, and e-books. The audience will gain practical insights from someone who has been influential in propelling the information industry forward through his eye for the value of content and a genuine commitment to connecting people with information. This lively presentation offers a rare opportunity to explore both the history of the information industry and a view into what's ahead from the vantage point and through the lens of one its most imaginative players.

Award Recipient:  Robert N. Snyder, Chairman and co-founder, Cambridge Information Group [Slides]

Bob Snyder serves as CIG's chairman of the board and is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of its operating companies and joint ventures.Bob was owner and chairman of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, which was merged into ProQuest LLC when CIG purchased ProQuest in 2007. He was owner and chairman of National Standards Association from 1976-1993, until its purchase by Information Handling Services, Inc. From 1977-1987 he was owner and chairman of Disclosure Incorporated, which is now part of Thomson Reuters. A civic leader, Bob currently serves as a member of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Advisory Board. He also serves on the boards of the Washington Hospital Center Foundation and the National Theater in Washington, DC; on the Board of Regents of Hebrew University; and on the Board of Ambassadors for Johns Hopkins Project Restore. He formerly served as co-chairman of the National Council for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Bob is also a former member of the Board of Governors of The National Aquarium in Baltimore and a former associate trustee of the Library Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania. Bob holds a B.S. in accounting from Babson College, Babson Park, MA and  J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of the bars of New York and the District of Columbia. He and his wife Judy live in Chevy Chase, MD. They have two children and five grandchildren.

6:00pm - 7:30pm:

Networking Reception (Conservatory, 12th Floor)


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

8:00am - 12:00pm: Registration (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)
7:45am - 8:30am: Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am: Measuring Value with Metrics and Analytics 
Andrea Michalek, Co-Founder, Plum Analytics [Slides]
Caitlin Trasande, Head of Research Policy, Digital Science, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. [Slides]

Elisabeth Osder, Consultant, OpenX [Slides]

Can value be measured? What tools are available to content providers, librarians, and users so that each can measure the value of the information that is being created/unlocked within the context of their specific needs and objectives? This session will take a look at some traditional, new and emerging tools that have been created for just that purpose.

10:00am - 10:30am: 

Break and Networking Opportunity


10:30am - 11:30pm: New Value - New Concerns: A Look at the Issues
Mark Seeley, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Elsevier
Jan Reichelt, Co-founder & President, Menedeley
Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer & Librarian, University of Michigan

Danuta Nitecki, Dean of Libraries and Professor, The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University

Some of the new methodologies used to unlock or create value have triggered new concerns and demand that past issues be re-examined due to the potential impact of new technologies. User data, metrics, and analytics raise issues of privacy; data mining, collaboration among researchers and scholars, and content sharing raise issues of ownership and copyright. This session will take a look at how librarians and content providers view these issues and if, and how, they are being satisfactorily addressed. 

11:30pm - 1:30pm: Awards Luncheon and Final Keynote (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)

In Search of Answers: IBM's Watson and a Look at 2020
Frank Stein, Director, Analytics Solution Center, IBM [Slides PDF]

Can "Information Alchemy" - the transformation of the world's cumulative content and data into real knowledge - be fully realized? And if so, what will it take to get there? This session will take a speculative look at what technologies are required to provide real answers to information seekers. How invasive will the internet of things need to become? What role will artificial intelligence play? Specifically, this session will examine IBM's Watson and how the future of search may evolve. Come and get a look at future possibilities!

2:00pm - 2:30pm:  NFAIS 2014 - 2015 Board Meeting (Cliveden, 19th Floor)