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Introducing another TECH TUESDAY: TALKING WITH TECHIES Webcast...

Making Federated Searching More Usable 
Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology
at the Northwestern University Library 

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

1 PM ET 10 AM PT 
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

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
* 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

Method of Instruction 

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


Member: $58.00 + GST 
Non-Member: $74.00 + GST 

What is a Webcast?
This is an expanded version of our popular audio conferences. You will
need a computer and the ability to get on the internet... and a
telephone. That is it. No special hardware; no special software. You
will be given an address on the Web at which you will sign in with a
password that will be given to you in your registration confirmation.
You will be able to see the presenter's desktop and see what he or she
is doing as you watch. Like all audio conferences, there is no limit on
the number of people that might be around the phone at each location.
The limitation will be in how many people can comfortably see the
computer. If you have a data projector, there is probably no limit. 

About The Presenter......

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. 

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