Miles Conrad Memorial Lectures

A significant highlight of the NFAIS Annual Conference program is the Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture, named in honor of one of the key individuals responsible for the founding of NFAIS, G. Miles Conrad (1911-1964). Conrad had an early grasp of the potential of computer technology when applied to the creation, organization and dissemination of research information. His leadership contributions to the information community were such that, following his death in 1964, the NFAIS Board of Directors determined that an annual lecture series named in his honor would be central to the annual conference program.

Industry leaders, innovators and opinion-makers from the full breadth of the information community have been designated as the Miles Conrad Lecturer. Use the links below to view the presentations of each honored lecturer.

Complete List of Miles Conrad Lecturers

2015 Tim Collins, EBSCO Industries, Inc.

2014 Marjorie M.K. Hlava, Access Innovations, Inc.

2013 Robert N. Snyder, Cambridge Information Group

2012 Howard Ratner, Nature Publishing Group

2011 Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland

2010 Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC

2009 Dame Lynne J. Brindley, British Library

2008 Robert Massie, CAS

2007 Dr. Donald A. Lindberg, National Library of Medicine

2006 Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2005 James P. McGinty, Cambridge Information Group

2004 John J. Regazzi, Elsevier

2003 Kurt Molholm, Defense Technical Information Center

2002 George Schultheiss, FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany

2001 Karen Hunter, Elsevier

2000 Bela Hatvany, Silver Platter Information

1999 Charlie Bourne, Dialog

1998 Kent Smith, National Library of Medicine

1997 Toni Carbo, University of Pittsburgh

1996 Roger Summit, Dialog

1995 Morrey Goldstein, Information Access Company

1994 Ronald G. Dunn, Macmillan Publishing Company

1993 Monty Hyams, Derwent

1992 Nathalie Dusoulier, Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

1991 Art Elias, BIOSIS

1990 Lois Granick, American Psychological Association

1989 E. K. Gannett, IEEE

1988 Tom Aitchison, IEE/Inspec

1987 Everett Brenner, American Petroleum Institute

1986 H. Edward Kennedy, BIOSIS

1985 Eugene Garfield, Institute for Scientific Information

1984 Martin M. Cummings, National Library of Medicine

1983 John E. Creps, Jr., Engineering Information

1982 Saul Herner, Herner and Company

1981 Russell J. Rowlett, Jr., Chemical Abstracts Service

1980 Carlos Cuadra, Cuadra Associates, Inc.

1979 Donald W. King, King Research, Inc.

1978 Ben H. Weilm, Exxon Research and Engineering

1977 William O. Baker, Bell Laboratories

1976 Frederick G. Kilgour, OCLC

1975 Melvin S. Day, National Library of Medicine

1974 Dale B. Baker, Chemical Abstracts Service

1973 Phyllis V. Parkins, BIOSIS

1972 Jack E. Brown, National Research Council of Canada

1971 Burton W. Adkinson, American Geographical Society

1970 Robert M. Hayes, University of California, Los Angeles

1969 J. R. Smith, IEE/Inspec

1968 Robert W. Cairns, National Academy of Sciences


What's Changed in My 30 Years in the Information Industry — and What's Next
Tim Collins, President & CEO, EBSCO Industries, Inc.


Making Information a Business: The Voice Behind the Curtain
Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc.


Unlocking The Value of Knowledge Businesses
Robert N. Snyder, Chairman, Cambridge Information Group


Living Online: Any Time, Any Where, Any Device
Howard Ratner, Chief Technology Officer, Nature Publishing Group


Social Discovery in an Information Abundant World
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland


The Network Reconfigures Academic Library Collections
Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC


Challenges for Great Libraries in the Age of the Digital Native
Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library


CAS in the New Information Order
Robert J. Massie, President, CAS


Health Information: Thorough, Fast, Free and Honest is Not Enough
Donald A.B. Lindberg, National Library of Medicine


Building Bridges to Information Products and Services
Dr. Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee


What it Takes to Gain 'Mindshare' from the Perspective of Academic Librarians 
James P. McGinty, Vice Chairman, Cambridge Information Group


The Battle for Mindshare: A Battle Beyond Access and Retrieval
Dr. John J. Regazzi, Managing Director, Elsevier


Is What's Past, Prologue?
Kurt Molholm, Administrator, Defense Technical Information Center


Towards Global Information Society ????
Georg F. Schultheiss, FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany


Looking Back to Look Forward
Karen Hunter, Senior Vice President, Elsevier


How to Prosper in the Era of the Internet
Bela Hatvany, Co-Founder, SilverPlatter Information


40 Years of Database Distribution and Use: An Overview and Observation
Charles P. Bourne, Dialog


Federal Information Policy - Putting It All Together
Kent Smith, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine


Just For You Services on the Information Highway
Toni Carbo, Dean, School of Information Sciences, Univ. of Pittsburgh


The New Information Paradigm: Threat or Opportunity (or Both)?
Roger Summit, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dialog Information Services


Killer Apps
Morris Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer, Information Access Company


Angst & Anticipation: How Will We Fit in the New Information Age?
Ronald Dunn, Macmillan Publishing Company