The early bird discounts for the 2009 NFAIS Annual Conference end in three weeks.  Savings of up to $200 off the full registration fee are available for a limited time (for details see the registration form at:


The conference, Barbarians at the Gate?  The Impact of Digital Natives and Emerging Technologies on the Future of Information Services, will take place February 22 – 24, 2009 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. It will take a look at how the born digital generation, with a lifetime of information seeking skills shaped by search engines and the Web, will impact the scholarly, scientific and business information services that they are beginning to use in their professional lives.  


Highlights include:


·         A provocative opening keynote by John Palfrey, author of Born Digital:  Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives will look how the ever-evolving Internet is fundamentally changing information behaviors as we move from generation to generation.


·         A panel of Digital Natives discussing the information tools that they use and their perspective on libraries and traditional information services


·         The 2009 Miles Conrad Lecture from Dame Lynne Brindley, CEO of the British Library


·         Survey results on the acceptance and use of social media in academia and industry from  Dr. Nora Barnes, Director of the Center for Marketing Research, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


·         A Look at some transforming technologies that will facilitate the access and use of your information products and services by Digital Natives around the globe


·         New business practices emerging in libraries and in publishing houses as a result of the information behavior of Digital Natives


·         A closing keynote on the impact of mobile technologies and new digital media on the future of communication and search from Dr. Mimi Ito, Research Scientist, Institute for Multimedia Literacy, Annenberg Center, University of California


Do your products and services meet the needs of the Born Digital generation?  Join us and find out how your organization can ultimately engage loyal followers from among the barbarians at the gate!


To register or obtain more information contact: Jill O'Neill, NFAIS Director of Communication and Planning ([log in to unmask] or 215-893-1561) or visit the NFAIS Web site at


The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), 1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1004, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3403


NFAIS:  Promoting Communication and Collaboration Across the Global Information Community




Jill O'Neill

Director, Planning & Communication


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