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Bringing the Conference to You:
Libraries, Information, and Innovation

Librarians work in a context of constant innovation—continuous learning is a necessity. At the same time, funding and release time for conference attendance is increasingly limited. In response, the Harvard University Library and the Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the Librarians' Assembly are launching a series of presentations on innovation and technology in libraries and in the scholarly information community in general. The series will bring speakers working on innovative projects to the Harvard campus and it will offer librarians an opportunity to learn about new developments affecting varied areas of librarianship.

The goal of the new series is to provide professional development opportunities for everyone interested in learning more about new projects and ideas and their impact on libraries.

The first presentation will feature Amy Brand, director of business development for CrossRef, which is a wholly independent association of scholarly and professional publishers—large and small, commercial and nonprofit, traditional and non-traditional—that cooperate to provide reference links into and out of their electronic content. Their primary mission is to serve as the citation-linking backbone for scholarly literature online. Dr. Brand will offer an overview of CrossRef, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), and the benefits of both for librarians and researchers. She will also discuss the newest developments in using CrossRef with OpenURL as well as the CrossRef Search pilot with Google. Brand's presentation is planned for Wednesday afternoon, October 20. Details will be announced on HULINFO.

Other possible topics for the series include FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), metasearching, CONSER and serials standards developments, and current awareness tools. In an effort to offer presentations that will be of broad interest within Harvard's library community, HUL and the PDC welcome your suggestions.

To suggest a topic and/or speaker, contact PDC Chair Laureen Esser at

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