A significant highlight of the former NFAIS Annual Conference program, now The NISO Plus Conference, is the Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture, named in honor of one of the key individuals responsible for the founding of NFAIS, G. Miles Conrad (1911-1964). Conrad had an early grasp of the potential of computer technology when applied to the creation, organization and dissemination of research information. His leadership contributions to the information community were such that, following his death in 1964, the NFAIS Board of Directors determined that an annual lecture series named in his honor would be central to the annual conference program.
Industry leaders, innovators and opinion-makers from the full breadth of the information community have been designated as the Miles Conrad Lecturer. Use the links below to view the presentations of each honored lecturer:
The Role of a Library in a World of Unstructured Data
Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine
In Pursuit of Open Knowledge
Heather Joseph, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
Three Questions and Five Commandments
James G. Neal, Columbia University
Marty Kahn, Chairman of Code Ocean
C. Lee Giles, Pennsylvania State University
Celebrating Serendipity and Collaboration: Looking Back to Look Forward
Judith C. Russell, Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida
Library Leadership for the Digital Age
Deanna Marcum, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R
**What's Changed in My 30 Years in the Information Industry — and What's Next
Tim Collins, President & CEO, EBSCO Industries, Inc.
Making Information a Business: The Voice Behind the Curtain
Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc.
Unlocking The Value of Knowledge Businesses
Robert N. Snyder, Chairman, Cambridge Information Group
Living Online: Any Time, Any Where, Any Device
Howard Ratner, Chief Technology Officer, Nature Publishing Group
Social Discovery in an Information Abundant World
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
The Network Reconfigures Academic Library Collections
Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC
Challenges for Great Libraries in the Age of the Digital Native
Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library
CAS in the New Information Order
Robert J. Massie, President, CAS
Health Information: Thorough, Fast, Free and Honest is Not Enough
Donald A.B. Lindberg, National Library of Medicine
Building Bridges to Information Products and Services
Dr. Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee
What it Takes to Gain 'Mindshare' from the Perspective of Academic Librarians
James P. McGinty, Vice Chairman, Cambridge Information Group
The Battle for Mindshare: A Battle Beyond Access and Retrieval
Dr. John J. Regazzi, Managing Director, Elsevier
Is What's Past, Prologue?
Kurt Molholm, Administrator, Defense Technical Information Center
Towards Global Information Society ????
Georg F. Schultheiss, FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany
Looking Back to Look Forward
Karen Hunter, Senior Vice President, Elsevier
How to Prosper in the Era of the Internet
Bela Hatvany, Co-Founder, SilverPlatter Information
40 Years of Database Distribution and Use: An Overview and Observation
Charles P. Bourne, Dialog
Federal Information Policy - Putting It All Together
Kent Smith, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine
Just For You Services on the Information Highway
Toni Carbo, Dean, School of Information Sciences, Univ. of Pittsburgh
The New Information Paradigm: Threat or Opportunity (or Both)?
Roger Summit, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dialog Information Services
Morris Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer, Information Access Company
Angst & Anticipation: How Will We Fit in the New Information Age?
Ronald Dunn, Macmillan Publishing Company
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