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Annual NFAIS Conference Focuses on the User Experience

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will hold its annual conference from Feb. 22 to 24, 2015, in at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. Registration is now open.

“In the context of new modes of scholarship that are not well-served by a traditional book/journal mindset, NFAIS member organizations are focusing on how best to bring together the appropriate elements of software, content, and human capital to satisfy the needs of the end user. … [T]he information community, which serves research and scholarship, is engineering more pragmatic and useful information resources and services. Come learn how,” says Jill O’Neill, NFAIS’ director of professional development.

This year’s theme (Anticipating Demand: The User Experience as Driver) will inform sessions such as Emerging Workflow Tools Aimed at Researchers; Interacting With Systems, Delivery, and Access to Content; and Satisfying Demand: Impact on Policy. Kalev Leetaru, founder of GDELT, will give the keynote speech (“The User of the Future: Reimagining How We Think About Information”), which will explore future users’ concept of information, how they will interact with and consume it, and how today’s information services can adapt and evolve. The preliminary program is available on the conference website.

At the conference, EBSCO Industries’ president and CEO Tim Collins will receive the 2015 Miles Conrad Award. It honors achievements in fostering the growth of the information services industry, which Collins has done by helping to grow EBSCO Industries into one of the largest private companies in the U.S. He will deliver the annual Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture on his experiences in building EBSCO Information Services and his predictions for the future.

Source: National Federation of Advanced Information Services



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