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Library school to offer clinic on electronic commerce

Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor 
(217) 333-2177;


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The top ranked library/information science school in the nation – the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) – is offering a free clinic to any UIUC student, faculty or staff member on one of today’s hottest topics:  electronic commerce.

The clinic, “Electronic Commerce in the Information Industries,” will be held April 2-3 at the UI Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana.

Distinguished speakers from across the country will examine electronic publishing; new media; ways of assembling information collections and repositories; organizational, market and business models; and social and institutional transformations and impacts.

Allen Renear, director of the Scholarly Technology Group, Brown University, and a participant in the Open E-Book Initiative, will give the keynote talk on “E-Books and Beyond:  Information Content Standards for Encoding and Exchange” at 7 p.m. on April 2. Some of the other speakers, all on April 3, and in order of appearance, include:

Vicki Reich, assistant director, Highwire Press, Stanford University, “Electronic Journals:  The Highwire Experience”;

Ramnath Chellapa, Marshall Business School, University of Southern California, “eBusiness Models for Digital Products”;

Lucio Soibelman, professor, UI department of civil engineering,
“Cross-Organizational Information Logistics”;

Edmond Gaible, EOE Foundation, “Sharing Educational Objects in Distributed Repositories:  A Joint Virtual Learning Environment for the U.S. Military”;

Carl Lagoze, digital library scientist, Cornell University, “Defining and Creating Collections in Distributed Digital Environments”; and

Craig Knoblock, Information Sciences Institute, USC, “Information Aggregation and Consolidation.”

For more information, see the program Web site or contact Kathy Painter, (800) 982-0914 or (217) 244-3274 or