Computers in Libraries 2009 will be here in just a few days. It runs from March 30 through April 1, in Arlington, Virginia.

I was excited to see the April edition of Computers In Libraries Magazine (in printed form.) In it, there’s a three-page spread about the federated search writing contest and it includes the full text of Rich Turner’s first place essay plus acknowledgement of second and third place winners Steven Bell and Lee LeBlanc. I’ve already published Mr. Bell’s and Mr. LeBlanc’s essays. Mr. Turner’s essay should be available online, at the Computers in Libraries Magazine web-site, in the April edition, in about a week. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s up.

Mr. Turner will participate in a panel discussion at the CIL Conference on April 1 (no kidding):

A301 – The Future of Federated Search
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Frank Cervone , Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Information Services, Purdue University Calumet
Jeff Wisniewski, Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
Richard K Turner, VP, Marketing, Content Analyst Company, LLC

The federated search landscape market has many vendors offering a multitude of systems with different feature sets. From basic search and retrieval to clustering and visualization, this session focuses on what’s out there, describes the array of products available, looks at what’s new, and takes a stab at what the future holds for federated search. Come and get a handle on the dynamic federated search marketplace and what steps you need to take for your environment. Features Federated Search Blog Contest Winner (Sponsored by Deep Web Technologies) Rich Turner.

If you’re at the Conference please come and listen to the panel. And, visit the exhibitors. Blog and contest sponsor, Deep Web Technologies, will be exhibiting as well as other federated search vendors and publishers. Here are a few of the exhibitors:

  • Deep Web Technologies, Booth 111
  • EBSCO Information Services, Booth 514
  • Ex Libris, Booth 421
  • Gale CENGAGE Learning, Booth 517
  • ProQuest, Booth 213
  • Serials Solutions, Booth 217
  • SirsiDynix, Booth 717

Congratulations, once again, to the contest winners. Mr. Turner, please check in after the Conference and share your experience.

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