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Web Usability and The Future of Information Technology Explored at March 26 Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Conference

BOSTON (March 19, 2004) — How to easily access Web information and the future of information technology will be examined Friday, March 26 at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) Alumni Day in the third floor conference center at the Main College Building, 300 The Fenway.

The conference, "Sites and Insights," will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keynote speakers include Web site usability expert Steve Krug, author of Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, and information futurist Clifford Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).

Krug, who has managed his own consulting firm for more than a decade, has consulted with Apple, AOL, Barnes & Noble, and Netscape, and helps companies design easy-to-use Web sites.

Lynch has been director of CNI since 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. He currently serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress, and serves on the National Research Council's committee on digital archiving and the National Archives and Records Administration.

For more information, contact the Simmons College Office of Alumnae/i Relations at 800-831-4284.

The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science has one of the largest library and information science master's program in the nation and places librarians around the world. The GSLIS campus at Mt. Holyoke College allows students in western New England to more easily pursue a master's degree in library and information science.