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The Nova Scotia Provincial Library will host an audio conference on
"Making Federated Searching More Usable" with Frank Cervone,
Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern
University Library, Evanston, Illinois on April 4th.  Federated
searching tools are being implemented by libraries of all types, but the
issues related to implementation are complex. In this tech talk, you'll
learn about the best practices of libraries implementing federated
searching as well as recent research on how federated search interfaces
can be made more usable. Find out what works and what doesn't in
relationship to placement of federated search boxes, display of search
results, and design decisions in creating topical groups.

The Benefits
An expert in library information technology and library Web site
design, Frank Cervone shares best practices for implementing federated
search engines on library Web sites. He will illustrate some of the
issues with federated search engines as well as the rewards of this
technology.

Who Should Participate?
Anyone looking for innovative ideas and best practices for adding
federated search for their library users.

Key Topics You Will Explore
What are some of the key decisions in implementing federated search
engines?
Where should the federated search box be placed?
Do users understand the results?
What information should be included on the result screen of a federated
search?
What should you consider when developing specific subject area
groupings?

Method of Instruction
Audio conference with Web-based visuals and supported by handout.

Frank Cervone
Frank Cervone is the Assistant University Librarian for Information
Technology at the Northwestern University Library. He has 20 years
experience in managing information technology services, the majority of
which has been in academic libraries. The author of numerous articles
and four books on topics related to information technology, he has been
an invited speaker at library information technology conferences in the
United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Brazil. He has a
MSEd with a specialization in on-line teaching and learning from the
California State University and a MA in Information Technology
Management in Libraries from DePaul University and is currently working
on his Ph.D. in Management at Northcentral University.
This program is part of the Education Institute's TECH TUESDAYS:
TALKING WITH TECHIES series and was developed for the Education
Institute by Darlene Fichter's Northern Lights Internet Solutions Inc.
in Saskatoon.

SESSION DETAILS:
Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Place: Classroom , Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 3770 Kempt Road,
Halifax
This session is free; parking is available in front of the building.

Please respond to Carol Morris at [log in to unmask] or by phone at
424-2477 if you would like to attend this session.

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