WebSearch University presents Searchers Academy

WebSearch University presents Searchers Academy is your chance to interact with search experts as they share their ideas and expertise during a full-day workshop at Computers in Libraries 2023. Moderated by Marydee Ojala, Editor-in-Chief of Online Searcher magazine, you're guaranteed to come away with a new attitude and new resources and tools for more effective and strategic searching.

Searchers Academy may be registered for separately or is included when you register for our Gold Pass option. Registration includes:

  • Light continental breakfast
  • Attendee lunch
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks
  • PLUS complimentary access to the Computers in Libaries 2023 Exhibit Hall March 28 - 30

W1. Searchers Academy: Rethinking Search Practices

Monday, March 27: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This year as never before, we are all being called upon to reset our assumptions on search techniques and approaches. From Google's frequent algorithm changes that affect our search results to new sources of both open source and fee-based information, as well as new expectations from clients and patrons, information professionals need to re-examine all their search practices. Info pros have a unique skill set that gives us the ability to own the search space. But equally important is the ability to challenge our assumptions about search and hone our search skills.

This practical, full-day workshop provides the latest tips, tricks, and techniques for unlocking the “black box” of search. Our search experts reveal what you need to know today to perform better and more effective searches, analyze search results to surface value, teach others good search practices, and remain on top of search innovations.

There's always something new to be learned from these leading-edge info pros. Whether you're a novice or expert searcher, you come away with a new understanding of innovations in search, new resources to share with colleagues, and more search tools for your professional toolkit.

Our experts cover these topics:

  • What's New in Web Search: Learn about new developments in search engines that affect how, why, and where to search to get the best results.
  • Savvy Search Strategies: Strategize your research to accommodate new technologies and techniques for increasing sense-making.
  • Resourcefully Yours: So many resources, so little time! We introduce a number of new, different, and changed resources to turbocharge your research.
  • SWOT for Search Professionals: Take a fresh look at where search professionals can make the biggest impact to most effectively leverage your expertise.

Mary Ellen Bates, Principal, Bates Information Services, Inc.
Greg Notess, Professor Emeritus of Librarianship, Montana State University
Marydee Ojala, Editor, Online Searcher
Gary Price, Co-Founder, infoDOCKET & FullTextReports

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