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Seminar to Discuss Why and How of Producing Low-Cost CD-ROMs Yourself

The conference organizers have announced that a seminar on CD-ROM desktop publishing for library and information managers will be held on May 6, 1991, immediately before the National Online Meeting in New York. The seminar is being directed by a leading expert on new information technology applications, Dr. Ching-chih Chen, Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College. It is jointly offered by Prof. Chen and Drs. Matilda Butler and William Paisley, president and vice-president of Knowledge Access International, a leading producer of CD-ROM applications, and a pioneer in the field of CD-ROM publishing.

"The production of CD-ROM products has proliferated at an incredible rate since the first introduction of library CD-ROM titles. The use of these products in libraries has also accelerated greatly. Yet, up to now, libraries and information centers are almost exclusively consumers of these products, but not producers," said Dr. Chen.

"Among the major reasons for this phenomenon has to be the high cost of CD-ROM production related activities and technologies. But, this is changing and changing very fast!" said Chen with great enthusiasm. "In the 1980s, most CD-ROMs were produced by high-cost service bureaus. CD-ROM authoring systems for in-house publishing began to appear in the late 1980s. But they cost more than $10,000," added Dr. Butler. Now, companies like Knowledge Access have brought desktop publishing to CD-ROM. For example, the KAware Disk Publisher & KAware2 Retrieval System software costs under $1,000.

In addition, all types of relatively low-cost technologies in the are of scanning, digitization, and other data entry methods are in place to enable information professionals to turn text-based as well as image-based information to machine-readable form. There is also a dramatic decrease in cost of replications of optical discs. For example, Dr. Chen was quick to add, "one promotional flyer from a CD-ROM manufacturer that passed over my desk today offers an incredible price to first-time customers for the production of one master and replication of 10 CD-ROMs at an incredibly affordable price, $500 with each additional disc at only $1.80. With this kind of offer and environment, with the capacity of about 600MB on each CD-ROM, can library and information managers afford to pass up this opportunity?" Indeed, many barriers for CD-ROM publishing no longer exist, if library and information professionals have the technical know-how to take advantage of these new developments. The Seminar of CD-ROM Desktop Publishing is intended for this purpose and should be of interest to every professional who is interested in taking advantage of this current opportunity. The Seminar will cover many topics, including the following:

* The basics of CD-ROM technology and CD-ROM products

* Preparing information publishing on disk

* Data conversion and editorial steps

* Using the KAware Disk Publisher to illustrate the desktop CD-ROM publishing process

* Adding images to text and fielded information

* CD-ROM retrieval system

* CD-ROM production chain and steps

* The use and dissemination of CD-ROM products

* First steps and next steps: milestones to successful information disks.
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Title Annotation:National Online Meeting
Publication:Information Today
Date:Apr 1, 1991
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