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. In fact, as of July 2006 half of the top ten fastest growing web brands were based upon user-generated content (think MySpace, 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: [log in to unmask]", "");">mailto:[log in to unmask].  


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


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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