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September 16, 1996

FLICC Sponsers 1996 Symposium on the Information Professional

On September 24, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) will host "Dangerous Liaisons? Partnering with Computer Professionals to Create Digital Information Services" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mumford Room of the Library of Congress.

This year's symposium on the information professional will explore the role that librarians should play in the creation of an agency's electronic information resources.

Agency managers typically turn to their information resources management (IRM) departments to help them move the agency into the digital world. Although the IRM department's computer and systems skills remain critical in the electronic era, skills in managing information of all types (published, unpublished, full text and data) are also vital. These are the very skills librarians have to offer. Together, computer professionals and librarians form the team an agency needs to satisfy its external and internal information objectives.

The morning session of the symposium will explore the dynamics of the information professional team. Keynote speaker Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths, Chief Information Officer of the Information Division, University of Michigan, will discuss the complementary roles of librarians and other information resources managers in developing and implementing integrated electronic information services.

Next, a panel of federal managers will present case studies of how librarians' organizational skills and understanding of users' needs have helped agencies fulfill their information initiatives, including the creation of government information locator services (GILS), World Wide Web (WWW) services and agency-wide area networks (WANs).

The symposium's afternoon session will consider how computer professionals can work with librarians on projects to make better internal use of information. How does information resources management support a library's infrastructure (software, hardware and Internet), integrated library systems, electronic collections and new digital resources? How can librarians convey to computer staff their requirements for digitizing so that projects will succeed? How does the information team identify and overcome competing priorities, overtaxed resources and miscommunication?

"Dangerous Liaisons" is sponsored by the FLICC Education Working Group. To register, call FLICC at (202) 707-4800; the $125 registration fee includes refreshments and handouts.

Interpreting services (American Sign Language) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of the event; FLICC's TTY number is (202) 707-4995.

FLICC is an interagency committee chaired by the Librarian of Congress and composed of the chief librarians of the national libraries, executive departments, independent agencies, legislative branch offices and the judiciary. Since 1965, FLICC has provided guidance and assistance to the federal libraries and their agencies in developing effective library and information services, adopting technology and acquiring publications.

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PR 96-128
9/16/96
ISSN 0731-3527

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