Early Bird Discounts End on January 13 for the 2012 NFAIS Annual Conference

NFAISEarly bird registrations will end on Friday, January 13, 2012 for the NFAIS Annual Conference, Born of Disruption: An Emerging New Normal for the Information Landscape. Until then savings of up to $200 off the full registration fee are available and NFAIS members registering three or more staff at the same time receive even greater savings.  For details visit the registration page.

New this year:

  • 50% discounts for staff of member organizations that are in the early stages of their career (5 years or less). Call or e-mail for details  at 215-893-1561 or nfais@nfais.org
  • 30% discount on daily rates for all government employees
  • 20% discount on full/daily rates for first time non-member attendees
  • Use of audience-response devices throughout the conference to capture audience opinions – all registrants will be sent a copy of the results

This three-day meeting scheduled from February 26 – 28, 2012 at the historic Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, PA will take a look at how technologies once considered disruptive have converged, been embraced, and are driving publishers and librarians around the globe to reinvent their methods of information creation, packaging, and delivery. The preliminary program is available online.

Highlights Include:

  • A thought-provoking keynote by John Wilbanks on the emerging information landscape – what is shaping it and the opportunities it offers
  • Survey results from Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, demonstrating the extent to which once disruptive technologies (mobile computing, social media, the Cloud, etc.) have become mainstream
  • A panel of information industry leaders providing their perspective on the new normal and the changes that they have made in products, technologies, staff skills, and business policies in order to remain relevant
  • Examples of how content providers are working with new content (data sets, multimedia, Big Data) and new technologies ( HTML5, cloud computing, APIs, mobile devices) to transform their products and services
  • A look at initiatives fueled by current user information behavior and expectations such as Microsoft’s Academic Search, new methods for measuring the value of web-based scholarship, and crowd-sourced scholarly content
  • Key issues relevant to all who operate in a global information economy – including competition for budget dollars from emerging industries within developing countries
  • A look at what is down the road, including a profile of the researcher of the future from preliminary results of a joint survey by JISC and the British Library and a look at the Gartner Hype Cycle for emerging technologies that will impact the information community
  • An interactive closing keynote by Joe Esposito looking at how the “new normal” may evolve over the next five years

To register or obtain more information e-mail Jill O’Neill, NFAIS Director of Communication and Planning or call her at 215-893-1561. You can also visit the NFAIS Web site.

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