PreConference Workshops
Sunday, October 9

The Internet Librarian International workshops are designed to offer in-depth, interactive learning in small groups. The instructors are experienced librarians and information professionals who are practicing experts in their subject areas. Register for a workshop and increase the value you obtain from attending Internet Librarian International.

Workshops are priced separately and lunch is included.

Workshop 1 — Searching the Multimedia, Multiformat Web
10:00 – 13:00
Ran Hock,
Online Strategies (USA)
One of the most significant and exciting web trends is the growing importance, quantity and searchability of non-HTML content. This includes video, audio and images, plus other non-HTML formats such as RSS/XML and other file types. This workshop explores the importance, availability and searchability of such content and provides attendees with skills, techniques and tricks for most effectively accessing it. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the increasing role of RSS, speech recognition and other technologies in providing extensive metadata, searchable transcripts, improved relevance and other valuable features that can accompany these resources.


Workshop 2 — The Blogger’s Toolkit
10:00 – 13:00
Michael Stephens,
Special Projects Librarian, St. Joseph County
Public Library (USA)

Learn what libraries and librarians can do with weblogs and explore the potential for using this exciting new communications tool for reaching patrons and clients and collaborating inside your organisation. Workshop attendees will examine library blog taxonomy, learn how to implement blogs in organisations and how to decide which software to choose for a blog. The fast-paced workshop will cover practical training tips and the ethics of blogging, as well as RSS, podcasts and photoblogging. If you are just getting started, or already have a blog and want to know more, this is your chance to get
practical, in-depth information from an experienced librarian blogger.

Workshop 3 — Power Web Searching
14:00 – 17:00
Phil Bradley,
Consultant (UK)

Anyone can use a search engine. These days, in fact, almost everyone does. However, internet librarians need to go beyond casual searching. They must understand web searching in more depth and they need power search tools that enable them to find information others can’t. Search expert Phil Bradley will share searching secrets, including advanced techniques, differences among search engines, hidden sources of valuable information and expert tips that will help attendees gain a new level of search proficiency. Attend this workshop to update your web search skills, add new strategies to your repertoire and bring practical suggestions for improving your search effectiveness back to your workplace.
Workshop 4 — Web Design: Usability, Accessibility and Interoperability
14:00 – 17:00
Brian Kelly,
UK Web Focus, UKOLN (UK)
Lawrie Phipps,
TechDis (UK)

In this practical workshop on web design, attendees will gain a holistic understanding of how usability, accessibility and interoperability issues can work together to create better websites. Workshop attendees will learn best practices and get a quality assurance framework for developing accessible, usable and interoperable websites, even for those on limited budgets. Specific topics will include WAI accessibility guidelines and their strengths and weaknesses; usability testing, including use of multiple browsers and configurations and structured usability testing; and interoperability and standards issues.