You are invited to attend an online conference about books, ebooks,
and digital audiobooks to be held on Thursday, July 28, 2005 (early
Friday morning in Australasia). There is no cost to register, and
there is no registration deadline. Already over 185 librarians,
information technologists, ebook and digital audiobook users,
publishers, and others from across the U.S. and around the world have
registered to attend this innovative online conference.
To participate all you need is an Internet-connected computer running
a Microsoft Windows operating system (Windows 98 or later), Mac OS X,
or Linux. If in addition to text-chatting you wish to communicate
via voice-over-IP, you need to have a microphone connected to--or
embedded in--your computer.
The homepage for the conference website is:
The direct link to the conference registration page is:
If you want to test your connection prior to the day of the online
conference, here is the link to one of the online conference rooms:
Access to this room is available 24/7 from now until the conclusion
of the conference. Please note: The first time you enter one of
these online meeting rooms, the operating system you are using may
ask for your permission to download and automatically install a
small, safe software plug-in.
In addition to vendor exhibits and opportunities for informal
networking, this conference will feature the following outstanding
Mark Beatty from WILS: Wilsconsin Library Services
Lori Bell (Director of the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center): An
Introduction to Digital Audiobooks
Charlotte Johnson (Director of User Services at Lovejoy Library,
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville), and William Harroff
(Reference and Information Technologies Librarian, Holman Library,
McKendree College): (r)Evolutionary (e)Books
Asra Nomani (Author of the new book Standing Alone in Mecca, one
woman's pilgrimage to reclaim the rightful role of women in Islam):
Interview and Online Book Signing
Jon Noring from the OpenReader Consortium, a cooperative project
to create a universal, open standards digital publication
David Rothman from TeleRead, an organization dedicated to
bringing ebooks home and advocating for well-stocked national digital
Blake Squires from Findaway, Inc., which will begin selling the
Playaway self-contained digital audiobook device in October.
Juliet Sutherland from Distributed Proofreaders, supporting the
digitization of public domain books.
Lori Watrous-deVersterre from LibraryCity, dedicated to bringing
ebooks to online communities in the Carnegie tradition.
Claudia Weissman from OverDrive, a leading digital book and
digital audiobook vendor for libraries and retailers.
This online conference is part of Let's Go Library Expo, a planned
series of online conferences on timely topics related to
librarianship and information technology. Please watch for
announcements of future conferences in this series.
It is being organized by:
Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center
North Suburban Library System near Chicago
Alliance Library System in Central Illinois
TAP Information Services near Kansas City
The conference is sponsored by:
OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), a leading digital book and digital
audiobook vendor for libraries and retailers.
For more information please visit the conference website (http://
www.planetlibrary.info/lgleindex.htm) or contact Tom Peters from TAP
Information Services ([log in to unmask]). Thank you!
TAP Information Services
1000 SW 23rd Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015
email: [log in to unmask]
TAP Information Services provides a wide variety of high quality
planning, consulting, research, and assessment services
supporting libraries, library consortia, government agencies,
professional associations, and other information-intensive
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