The 2008 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association is from January 11-16, including exhibits from January 11-14. Visit the event homepage for more information.

Of interest to those wanting to learn more about federated search is this presentation on the exhibit floor on January 14.

Index Data
10:40 – 11:10 am
OPENing Up Metasearching
This presentation opens for inspection the black box of metasearching, explaining the role of software, database connectors, metadata, and content, and showing how metasearching becomes more functional and less expensive as these elements become “open.” Achieving openness requires partnerships among libraries, metasearch vendors, content providers and grant funding agencies. A drawing for a six month free subscription to MasterKey accessing up to 20 standards-compliant databases will be held at the end of the presentation.

Also, of potential interest to the federated search community, is this presentation the same day, also on the exhibit floor. It’s not clear if this talk is about federated search just because Serial Solutions is in the business.

Serials Solutions
12:40 – 1:10 pm
Increase Your ROI: Optimizing E-resource
Discover how you can use e-resource access
and management services to yield a high return on your e-resource investment and maximize staff resources. By taking advantage of today’s technology and contemporary library tools you can streamline e-resource access and management for the benefit of patrons and fellow librarians, and then dedicate more internal resources for e-resource assessment. We will focus specifically on the use of solutions that focus on interoperability, integration, SaaS technology (software as a service), and a single, vendor-updated knowledgebase.

You can read about other exhibits at the exhibits page.

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