2015 Annual Conference Program

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Identifying and Anticipating User Demand

9:00am - 5:00pm: Registration (Regency Ballroom Foyer)
9:00am - 12:00pm: NFAIS 2014-2015 Board Meeting  (Boardroom, 2nd Floor)
1:00pm - 1:15pm:

Welcome and Opening Remarks   (Regency Ballroom)
Mary Sauer-Games, NFAIS President-Elect 2015- 2016, Vice President, Global Product Management, OCLC

1:15pm - 2:15pm:

The User of the Future: Reimagining How We Think About Information (Regency Ballroom)
Moderator: Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Global Product Management, OCLC; Kalev Leetaru, Founder, GDELT Project, and Past Fellow and Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University [Slides]

What does the concept of “information” look like in the future, how will users interact and consume it, and how do we evolve and adapt the model of today’s professional information service into the coming decade? This keynote will explore the user of the future and how we can learn from current trends to reimagine how we think about information and how we deliver it.

Read more about Kalev's work with the Knight Foundation on reimagining news as emotion using the Internet Archive.

2:15pm - 2:45pm: 

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Regency Ballroom Foyer)

2:45pm - 3:45pm:

The User Experience: Increased Demands We Must Satisfy (Regency Ballroom)
Moderator: Cindy Hill, Manager, Research Library and Bank Archives, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Peter Fox, Professor and Tetherless World Research Constellation Chair, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [Slides]; David Shumaker, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America [Slides]

The shifting landscape and changes in workflow requirements have impacted how reference work is being conducted. Increased time constraints, access issues, and content format limitations present new challenges in the process and productivity of the 21st century library. Discover the increased demands on the researcher and user for efficiency and comprehensiveness, as well as the tools needed to meet the growing demands for retrieval, re-use, distribution and mining of data.

3:45pm - 5:00pm:

Emerging Workflow Tools Aimed at Researchers (Regency Ballroom)
Moderator: Richard Kaser, Vice President, Content, Information Today; Melinda Kenneway, GrowKudos.com [Slides]; Miriam Keshani, Sparrho; Sam Molyneux, Sciencescape; Alex Selkirk, Ponder; Lenny Teytelman, ZappyLab [Slides]; Dan Whaley, Hypothesis

Sponsored by The American Psychological Association/PsychINFO

A long list of startups have emerged with research tools and software apps designed to bridge the gap between content and platform provider legacy systems and evolving workflow requirements. Many of these new approaches are redirecting value towards the end-user by providing new solutions to current stumbling blocks in the discovery and access of information. Conference participants will have the opportunity to see six start-up companies briefly showcase their products, share the problem or issue the tool or app was intended to alleviate and discuss current adoption or uptake.

5:00pm - 6:00pm:

NFAIS Assembly Meeting (Regency Ballroom)

The NFAIS Assembly Meeting is open to all representatives of NFAIS member organizations. 

6:30pm - 8:00pm:  Welcome Reception (Regency Foyer)


Monday, February 23, 2015
Satisfying Demand: Advancing Research Workflow through Content, Tools and Platforms

8:00am - 5:00pm:  Registration (Regency Ballroom Foyer)
7:45am - 8:30am:

Continental Breakfast (Regency Ballroom Foyer)

8:30am - 9:00am:

Plenary Session: Micah Altman, Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [Slides]

Dr. Micah Altman is Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Altman is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Prior to arriving at MIT, Dr. Altman served at Harvard University for fifteen years as the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, Archival Director of the Henry A. Murray Archive and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.

Dr. Altman conducts research in social science, information science and research methods – focusing on the intersections of information, technology, privacy and politics; and on the dissemination, preservation, reliability and governance of scientific knowledge.

9:00am - 10:30am:

Technological Infrastructure: Building Platforms for Use (Regency Ballroom)
 Dr. Tim Clark, Member, Scientific Advisory Board, OpenPhacts [Slides]; Alex Humphreys, Associate Vice President, JSTOR Labs and New Business Development, Ithaka [Slides]; Mark Jacobson, Senior Consultant, Delta Think, Inc. [Slides]

Creating a seamless workflow for busy researchers and scholars who depend on high-value information services presents upcoming challenges for platform providers. Users are in the driver's seat and are taking your content with them! If you're going to be part of their GPS, engineering forces must design an under-the-hood power house that can propel the vehicle forward.

10:30am - 11:00am:

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Regency Ballroom Foyer)

Sponsored by Scope eKnowledge Center

11:00am - 12:30pm: 

Impact of Technology: Creation of and Incorporating New Content in the Research/Educational Environment
Moderator: Eric Swenson, Director, Product Management, Elsevier; Karim Boughida, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Content Management, The George Washington University; Victor Camlek, President, Camlek Concepts [Slides]Karie Kirkpatrick, Digital Publications Manager, American Physiological Society [Slides]

While the NFAIS audience is well aware of requirements for delivering text in an online environment, available formats have expanded dramatically to include video, audio, images and interactive content. At the same time, the venerable scholarly monograph is being rethought in terms of functionality and format. Content platforms are being re-engineered based on the purpose and presentation of the particular publication, and content is being transformed to encourage greater user engagement while remaining relevant, practical and informative.

12:30pm - 2:00pm:  Lunch on Your Own
12:30pm - 2:00pm:

NFAIS Members-only Lunch Event (Potomac)
Prior registration required; lunch provided

Sponsored by Elsevier

Moderator: Judy Luther, Vice President, Informed Strategies

Quo Basis? The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication
Keith Webster, Dean of Libraries, Carnegie-Mellon University [Slides]

Prior to his appointment to Carnegie Mellon as Dean of Libraries, Keith Webster was vice president and director of academic relations and strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons. His prior experience in the academic and research library environment includes his role as dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Queensland in Australia, as university librarian at Victoria University in New Zealand, and, head of information rights at HM Treasury, London, United Kingdom. Webster also serves on the Board of Directors for NISO. This mix of experiences allows him a unique perspective on the information industry as a whole. 

2:00pm - 3:30pm:

Interacting With Systems, Delivery and Access (Regency Ballroom)
Moderator: Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank; Kate Lawrence, Vice President, User Experience Research, EBSCO Information Services [Slides]; Pierre Montagano, Business Development Director, Squid Solutions [Slides]Alex Wade, Director of Scholarly Communications, Microsoft Research [Slides]

The professional scholar and/or researcher wants to interact with content in new ways, such as speech recognition, touch, gesture/movement and personalization. Even today, the user’s dashboard may consist of a microphone or responsive touch screen. User requirements are evolving as experiences shape future demand. Content and platform providers anticipating this demand are responding by enabling new forms of interaction.

3:30pm - 4:00pm:

Afternoon Tea in Honor of the 2015 Miles Conrad Award Recipient (Regency Ballroom Foyer)

4:00pm - 5:00pm:

Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture (Regency Ballroom)
Moderator: Chris McCue, Vice President, Marketing, CAS; Award Recipient: Tim Collins, President & CEO, EBSCO Industries, Inc.

Much has changed in the information industry the past 30 years. Hear information services industry leader, Tim Collins, share what he believes are the key drivers behind changes in end user experience, business models, library workflow, and competitive landscape with a focus on the academic research process. In addition, gain his perspective on the role EBSCO has played in these changes and the evolution of the marketplace as well as his thoughts on what changes we're likely to see in the future. 

Award Recipient: Tim Collins, President & CEO, EBSCO Industries, Inc. In 1983, Collins co-founded a company specializing in indexing and abstracting of periodical information, which was subsequently purchased by EBSCO Industries, Inc. Collins now serves as President & CEO of EBSCO Industries.

During his tenure, Collins has overseen the explosive growth that has taken EBSCO from a niche provider of print indexes in the 1980s to what is today one of the world’s most important for-fee internet research services. He has guided the company to very strong organic growth, combined with a steady stream of over 50 strategic acquisitions. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now the leading online research service serving educational institutions and public libraries, offering the most used abstract/index and full text databases in the world. Over the last several years, EBSCO has expanded its product offerings and is now a leading eBook aggregator, discovery service provider, and point of care content provider to medical institutions.

As a business leader in Massachusetts, Collins was named a North Shore Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Leader 2012. He was also named to the inaugural North Shore 100, a list of the top business leaders in North Shore 100 Magazine. The Collins Career and Resource Center at the Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics at Tim’s alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, bears his name.

6:00pm - 7:30pm:

Networking Reception (Regency Ballroom Foyer)


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Crafting Sustainable Business Models & Policies

8:00am - 12:00pm: Registration (Regency Ballroom Foyer)
7:45am - 8:30am: Continental Breakfast (Regency Ballroom Foyer)
8:30am - 10:00am:

Partner, Build or Acquire: A Dialogue (Regency Ballroom)
Moderator: Michael Cairns, CEO of Publishing Technology; Panelists: Miriam Keshani, Sparrho; Melinda Kenneway, GrowKudos.com; Sam Molyneux, Sciencescape; Lenny Teytelman, ZappyLab;  Dan Whaley,

New delivery systems require new business models and strategies for building brand/value in the information community. This interactive discussion between startup companies and traditional content providers explores different sustainable business models of collaboration for maintaining viability and innovation. 

10:00am - 10:30am: 

Break and Networking Opportunity (Regency Ballroom Foyer)
Sponsored in part by Thomson Reuters

10:30am - 12:00pm:

Satisfying Demand: Impact on Policy (Regency Ballroom)
Moderator: Chris Kenneally, Director, Business Development, Copyright Clearance Center; Brian O’Leary, Founder and principal of Magellan Media Consulting; Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida; Martha Whittaker, Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy, the American Society for Microbiology [Podcast Recording]

Team up with experts to examine the traditional mindsets and policies that need to be adapted in the context of re-use of content, dissemination and sharing of content on social platforms, data curation and data mining. In the age of new vehicles and new roads, there will inevitably be new traffic patterns. Be sure your sensors are well attuned for enabling those patterns.

12:00pm - 2:00pm:

 Awards Luncheon and Closing Keynote (Regency Ballroom)

 Where Do We Go From Here? A Visionary Outlook
 Michael R. Nelson, Public Policy, CloudFlare, Inc. and Adjunct Professor, Internet Studies CCT Program, Georgetown University [Reading List]

Michael R. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 2 million Web sites. Prior to joining CloudFlare this year, he was a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and prior to that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, since January, 2009, Michael Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government at Georgetown University.

Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission, where he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, and before that was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, chaired by then-Senator Gore and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. He has a BS from Caltech and a PhD from MIT.

2:15pm - 3:00pm:  NFAIS 2015 - 2016 Board Meeting (Boardroom, 2nd Floor)