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Dr. Warnick Speaks at Computers In Libraries Annual Conference


Dr. Warnick Speaks at Computers In Libraries Annual Conference

Dr. Walt Warnick, Director of OSTI, recently had the honor of speaking at two events at the Computers In Libraries Conference. I asked Dr. Warnick to share some of his experience and perceptions from the talks through a short interview:

Dr. Warnick, you travel quite a bit and make numerous presentations about OSTI's innovative work. What drew you to speak at the Computers In Libraries (CIL) Conference?

I was invited to make two presentations which you describe below in your third question. I have visited the Conference in previous years, but this is the first time that I made presentations. Computers In Libraries is a natural forum for OSTI, as everything we do today is computer based and librarians are very important customers.

Congratulations! How would you categorize the attendees at CIL? Were they mostly librarians?

My impression is that most CIL attendees were librarians. Sprinkled among them were computer techies. For example, the moderator at my first session was a highly accomplished computer techie from the San Francisco Chronicle.

You had the distinction of co-leading two sessions at the conference, one on information dissemination, the other on the future of federated search as you see it. Let's start with the first. What was the gist of your message on how OSTI is spreading knowledge and advancing science?

My speech is posted at the OSTI site for speeches. It's titled The Science Knowledge Imperative: Making Non-Googleable Science Findable. The gist is that with very small investments enormous collections of science from government agencies and countries around the world have been virtually integrated...

Related Topics: Computers in Libraries, federated search, Walter Warnick