2014 Annual Conference Program

Sunday, February 23, 2014

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:

Welcome and Opening Remarks   (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Chris McCue, NFAIS President-Elect 2013- 2014, Vice President, Marketing CAS

1:05pm - 1:45pm:

Being Data-Driven: The New Information Mindset
Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence, Accel, Scientist Emeritus, bitly, Co-founder, HackNY

Data is changing the way we make strategic decisions, build, and think about growth. This talk will explore the technology and business forces that enable data-driven decision making, share examples of best practices industries, and finally focus on specific opportunities for content businesses and for using data to open up new creative opportunities.

1:45pm - 2:30pm:

Enhancing Policy Decision Making with Large-Scale Digital Traces  
Vanessa Frias-Martinez, Assistant Professor, iSchool, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland  [Slides]

The pervasiveness of cell phones, mobile applications and social media is generating vast amounts of information that can reveal a wide range of human behavior. From mobility patterns to social connections, these signals expose insights about how humans behave and interact and while a lot of work has focused on analyzing behaviors, relative little effort has been dedicated to understanding ways in which such findings could be useful to makers and organizations working for social development.  This session will take a look at leveraging data mining and applied machine learning techniques to extract behavioral fingerprints from large-scale datasets of human interactions with mobile technologies and future research at the intersection between big data and social development.

2:30pm - 3:00pm: 

Break and Networking Opportunity
Sponsored by Elsevier

3:00pm - 4:00pm:

Giving Voice to Content:  Practical Examples
Evan Sandhaus, Director, Search, Semantics, Archive, The New York Times; Khalev Leetaru, Yahoo! Fellow in Residence, Georgetown University    [Slides]

This session is to take a look at how methodologies such as data mining, metrics, analytics, visualization, and linking are being utilized throughout the information community and what new insights and services are being developed as a result.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Supporting the Digital Scholar:  Experiences from the British Library Labs
Mahendra Mahey, Project Manager, British Library Labs     [Slides]   

Sponsored in part by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning

Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected by institutions like the British Library every day. This influx of complex digital material is having a profound effect on how we work with our collections and our users. The very nature of digital allows us to break what were previously bound items into fundamental bits of information. This new digital data can be recombined, analysed and linked to create new insights. Indeed, a new breed of researcher has emerged on the scene with the skills to fully exploit all that digital has to offer to scholarship. They are keen to discover new questions within the layers of data residing in our collections. The British Library's digital collections include digitised books, manuscripts, sheet music, maps, archived websites, audio, video, images, and metadata.  Researchers want to access, analyse and visualise these at scale, to bring their own knowledge and tools to bear, to create their own inroads, narratives and discoveries. Dr. Mahendra Mahey will highlight his experiences tackling these challenges through the lens of the experiments and engagements undertaken by the British Library Labs.

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 24, 2014

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

Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by ProQuest

8:30am - 9:30am:

The Signal Economy: Defining Publishing Success in a Web of Sensors, Senses and Semantics
John Blossom, President, Shore Communications  [Slides]

To remain competitive, relevant, and vibrant, today’s publishers and content creators must understand how to create more value for their audiences through new sources of information and insight that provide more immediate and actionable value. The arrival of trillions of Web-connected sensors in mobile phones, wearable computers, industrial sensors, all connected to vast cloud computing resources is creating the Signal Economy, a global shift in how value is created in all markets across manufacturing, media, marketing and services. This session will cover how the Signal Economy works, key examples of how it creates monetizable value, and how organizations like yours can succeed in The Signal Economy. The session will conclude with a demonstration of Google Glass.

9:30am - 10:00am:

 Break and Networking Opportunity
Sponsored in part by Thomson Reuters

10:00am - 12:00pm: 

Giving Voice to Content: A New Generation of Products and Services

Mike Teets, Vice President, Innovation, OCLC  [Slides]; Jignesh Bhate, CEO, Molecular Connections, Pvt. Ltd.; Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Deputy Director for Resource Management, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy  [Slides]; IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Vice President, Content Innovation, Elsevier 

The new information mindset challenges publishers and librarians to ensure their relevance in a highly-competitive digital information world by re-envisioning both their content and its use to give researchers what they need - information products that provide the answers that they seek.  This session will take a look at some of new products and services that are being developed as the business of information is being reshaped.

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

NFAIS Members-only Lunch Event (Prior registration required; lunch provided)
Sponsored in part by the American Psychological Association/PsycINFO

How Researchers Assign Trust to Scholarly Content
Dr. Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, University of Tennessee   [Slides]

Trust, both of quality and accuracy of content, plays a key role in helping researchers decide what to read, what to cite, and where to publish their work. Key traditional indicators of trustworthiness have been journal name, reputation of a journal, and recognition of an author’s expertise. In an era of abundant outlets for scholarly information, in particular various social media outlets, how have the perceptions of trust indicators changed for researchers? Dr. Carol Tenopir will discuss results from a recent study funded by Sloan Foundation and done in conjunction with Ciber Research Ltd. that used multiple methods to discover how academics now view trust of scholarly content.

2:00pm - 3:30pm:

Giving Voice to Content:  Emerging Technologies
Adam Devine, Vice President, Marketing and Partnerships, CrowdComputing.com [Slides]; Richard Leadbeater, Esri Global Manager: State Government & Trade Association Industries [Slides]; Bradley Allen, Chief Architect, Elsevier [Slides]

This session will take a look at emerging technologies or new applications of existing technologies that are changing how information is collected and created, how it is managed and processed, how new value can be created, and even how it is used.  These include the use of mobile devices for data collection, of content and the live enhancing of content with web-based information.

3:30pm - 4:00pm:

Break and Networking Opportunity
Sponsored by the Philosopher's Information Center

4:00pm - 4:45pm:

Miles Conrad Lecture
Making Information a Business: The Voice Behind the Curtain  [Slides]

Gathering from her perspective on over 2000 information projects and products completed over the last forty years, Marjorie Hlava offers a fascinating view of database creation and search using developing technologies, and information technology standards. As an early implementer of most of the technologies we use and products we all sell today, and having worked behind the scenes at one time or another for most of the organizations in NFAIS, she has seen a wide variety of data and applications. She has thrilling tales from her adventures in the field, along with a unique perspective to share. This development in the trenches under a continuing onslaught of new options has honed her knowledge on what has worked well, and what will work in the future. In this talk she will draw from her varied background, bring in statistics from our broad marketplace, and share what she sees on our horizons.

Award Recipient: Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc.
Margie was educated as a botanist and trained by NASA as an information engineer. Through over 2,000 engagements at Access Innovations, she has been at the cutting edge of our technical innovations and their implementations for her entire career. She worked for five years at NASA, logging up to 20 hours per week as an online searcher in the early days, using the systems and giving feedback as they developed. She was a beta tester on the NASA Recon, Dialog, and other early systems such as BRS and SDC. She was also the Information Director for the DOE National Energy Information Center and its affiliate NEICA. She rose to the position of Information Director before taking her team private as Access Innovations, Inc. in 1978. Her research interests center on speeding the human processes in knowledge management through productivity enhancements. These are deployed to working methodologies and software for the automation assistance of the human brain in organizing information. She has developed the Data Harmony software suite specifically to increase accuracy and consistency while streamlining the clerical aspects in editorial and indexing tasks. The automation of the indexing process is done using the M.A.I. software, which can batch process legacy content and assist in the ongoing production system. For the capture and creation of metadata, the XML Internet System (XIS) was created. To manage thesauri, taxonomies, and ontologies, Thesaurus Master and, more recently, Ontology Master have been developed. The most recent innovation is applying those systems to medical records for medical claims compliance in a new division, Access Integrity.

6:00pm - 7:30pm:

Networking Reception (Conservatory, 12th Floor)
Sponsored by The H. W. Wilson Foundation


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

8:00am - 12:00pm: Registration (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)
7:45am - 8:30am: Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am:

Re-envisioning the Business of Information:  Emerging Business Models
Mitchell Davis, Chief Business Officer, BiblioLabs [Slides];  Nader Qaimari, Senior Vice President Marketing, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning [Slides]; Judy Luther, Board Member, Knowledge Unlatched.

Creating new value and new uses for content has economic implications that require re-envisioning the entire business of information – including the financial business models.  This session will take a look at some emerging models that attempt to balance the budgetary needs of the content purchaser with those of the content creator - freemiums, usage-based, and others.  Come and hear about creative business models that may be adaptable to your organization’s needs.

10:00am - 10:30am: 

Break and Networking Opportunity
Sponsored in part by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning

10:30am - 12:00pm:

Re-envisioning the Business of Information:  Policies, Practices, and Procedures
Britt Mueller. Senior Director, Qualcomm Library and Information Services; Maryann Martone, Executive Director, FORCE 11 and Professor-in-Residence, Department of Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego; William Trippe, Director of Technology, MIT Press,Marija Markovic, Consultant

Re-envisioning the business of information does not stop with the financial business models.  One must develop the policies, practices, and procedures that will facilitate - not inhibit - the uses of that content and maximize its value to the user.  This requires that publishers and librarians move beyond the comfort zone of their current practices, policies, biases, and business mindsets.   This session will take a look at some the issues that content providers and librarians must consider as the new information mindset takes hold, such as the re-use and sharing of content, privacy, content ownership, attribution, and others.

12:00pm - 2:00pm:

 Awards Luncheon and Closing Keynote (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Sponsored by the H. W. Wilson Foundation

Giving Voice to Content: Future Implications for the Business of Information
Kerrie Holley, IBM Fellow and Chief Technology Officer, IBM SOA Center of Excellence  [Slides]

The closing session will take a futuristic look at how the application of big data techniques may ultimately change the creation, delivery, and use of information as well as the overall information economy.  Come and learn what you need to know as you build your organization’s roadmap for the years ahead.

2:15pm - 2:45pm:  NFAIS 2014 - 2015 Board Meeting (Cliveden, 19th Floor)