RMG began this series of free public seminars  at the 1991 American Library Association Midwinter Conference, when the presidents and top executive of 15 leading automated system companies were invited to participate in RMG's Tenth Anniversary Seminar, a panel discussion on "Library Automation in the Nineties."

Then, and until Midwinter 1999, RMG  selected the participating  companies on the basis of tables in Library Journal's annual April library automation industry survey article that identify the top vendors -- usually based on market-share or the sales during the previous year. Use of this article provided an objective, third-party mechanism for selection, and removes from question the basis of RMG's invitation of participants.

Starting at Midwinter 2000, in an effort to broaden the scope, RMG began to invite panelists not just from automated system vendors, but from book distributors, database providers, and e-book companies. Seminar participants were chosen by RMG based upon input from past seminar participants .

This seminar, sponsored by RMG, is the only presentation of its kind on the industry where key leaders exchange ideas on issues of interest, and do not make presentations on their own products and services. Rob McGee develops the topics and themes, and leads these seminars.

RMG's 27th Annual Presidents' Seminar: The View from the Top
Friday January 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ALA Midwinter Conference, Atlanta
Georgia World Congress Center, GWCC A312

Past seminar topics

Download the icn_global_pdf_sm_b version of the “The Necrology” - the complete history of invited vendors and panelists by year.