NFAIS Forum on User-Generated Content and Social Media. 

Registration Discount Available Through June 8th.  


NFAIS is organizing a one-day meeting - User-Generated Content and
Social Media - to be held on June 29, 2007 at PALINET Headquarters, in
Philadelphia, PA, from 9:00am to 4:30pm.  


Why Attend?


It has been estimated that by the year 2010, 70% of all digital
information being created will be user-generated
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fact, as of July 2006 half of the top ten fastest growing web brands
were based upon user-generated content
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Flickr, Wikipedia).  The use of new technologies such as blogs, wikis,
bookmarks, user tagging, etc. has become commonplace in order facilitate
communication, information sharing and even collaborative efforts within
the workplace - global or not.  And this trend will have a significant
impact on all information providers - creators, publishers, aggregators
and librarians.


Who Should Attend?


If you are interested in learning more about the value of user-generated
content and its potential as a new information resource for products and
services, are looking to enhance the information experience of your
users through the adoption of social media and the creation of online
communities, or simply want to incorporate these tools within your
workplace to improve communication and collaboration, this meeting will
help you get started.




The meeting will begin with an overview of user-generated content tools,
the major hosting services and distribution channels, and the features
and functionalities that are essential to facilitate the conversation,
collaboration and overall productivity integral to any online community.
This will be followed by a session in which information professionals
will discuss why they have adopted blogging as a new form of
communication - its value, the time and effort involved, and their
successes to date. There will be a session on the incorporation of
content-rich blogs into products and services, touching on such subjects
as the subject disciplines that support such blogs, the criteria for
selection, and author compensation. And there will be sessions that
focus on the effective implementation of social media in the workplace
as well as the pros and cons of creating online communities in order to
add value to users.


Come and join your peers for an enjoyable and fact-filled day that will
provide information essential to your organization, and provide you with
an opportunity for networking within the Information Community. Remember
- the year 2010 is not that far away!!


The preliminary program, registration form, directions to the meeting
location, list of nearby hotels and general information on Philadelphia
is available at:  


Register early, as seating is limited.  On or before June 8, 2007, NFAIS
members pay $218 and non-members pay $268 (registration fee includes
continental breakfast, a box lunch and an afternoon refreshment break).
After June 8, 2007 NFAIS members pay $248 and non-members pay $298.
For more information contact:  Jill O'Neill, NFAIS Director,
Communication and Planning, 215-893-1561 (phone); 215-893-1564 (fax);
mail to: mailto:[log in to unmask]
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Founded in 1958, NFAIS is a premier membership organization of almost 60
of the world's leading producers of databases, information services, and
information technology in the sciences, engineering, social sciences,
business, and the arts and humanities.


Jill O'Neill

Director, Planning & Communication


(v) 215-893-1561

(email) [log in to unmask]



Christopher Cole

Associate Director for Technical Services

National Agricultural Library

10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 204

Beltsville, MD 20705-2351

301 504-7294 voice

301 504-6968 fax