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By Abby Kasowitz
The Virtual Reference Desk, a special project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, will hold its 3rd Annual Digital Reference Conference on November 12-13, 2001 in Orlando, Florida. This year's conference, "Setting Standards and Making It Real," explores issues in delivering effective Internet-based reference service in a variety of contexts and setting standards to ensure quality. Specific topics include digital reference standards, technology, management, evaluation, training, collaboration, real-time service, and other related issues.
Keynote speakers include Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI); Susan McGlamery, Coordinator for Reference Services for the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System; and Nancy O'Neill, Principal Librarian for Reference Services, Santa Monica Public Library. The conference includes over 50 breakout sessions led by representatives from organizations and services such as AskERIC, Library of Congress, Internet Public Library, OCLC, Cleveland Public Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, and the National Agricultural Library.
Two special workshops will be offered in conjunction with the conference: "Measuring and Assessing the Quality of Digital Reference Services," offered by the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at the Florida State University School of Information Studies; and "Building a Real-Time Reference Service," offered by SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network, Inc.). A reception and awards ceremony will be held November 12 to recognize leaders in the emerging digital reference field, and an exhibit will showcase organizations and companies offering digital reference-related products and services
The conference is open to everyone with an interest in developing and implementing digital reference services, including librarians, information professionals, and others from libraries of all types, government agencies, business, and specialized AskA services. Registration information is available at: http://vrd.org/conferences/VRD2001/registration.shtml
The VRD 2001 Conference is hosted by the Information Institute of Syracuse, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, SOLINET, and the Information Institute at the School of Information Studies, Florida State University. Sponsors include the U.S. Department of Education, The ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, The Library of Congress, The American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association, and Syracuse University's School of Information Studies.
For more information on the VRD 2001 Conference, visit
http://vrd.org/conferences/VRD2001/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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