Discussion Groups Science & Technology Section ALA Annual Conference, 2003: Toronto, June 19-25



College Science Librarians Discussion Group

Attracting People to the Science Library: Providing Services and Support to Draw Them In


In this session we'll talk about approaches science libraries are taking to draw people into the library.  With the shift to electronic journals, reference works and full text links in databases, coming into the library often seems unnecessary for both our students and faculty. As new spaces are designed and older spaces are updated, science librarians are thinking about other ways to attract people to the library, then using that opportunity to introduce them to other valuable resources. We plan to have two facilitators. Julie Miran will talk about what she has done at the new  science library at Haverford College. Pat LaCourse will tell us about the  Engineering Resources Research Room she's created at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and describe how this supports her information literacy instruction.



General Discussion Group/Subject and Bibliographic Access to Science Materials Joint Presentation

Saturday June 21
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Delta Chelsea Hotel - Stevenson Room

Fading of the Greyness in Grey Lliterature: Is grey literature still grey?: A Panel Discussion.

Julia Gelfand: Applied Sciences and Engineering Librarian, University of California, Irvine.
Eric Childress: Consulting Product Support Specialist, OCLC Metadata Services Division.
Ed Pentz: Executive Director, Crossref.

Come and join an interesting panel discussion which will offer different viewpoints on the rapidly changing topic of 'grey literature'. The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature in Washington, DC, in October 1999 defined grey literature as "that which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers." The panelists will offer expert views on both the technical services and public services aspects of grey literature, while exploring relationships between libraries and publishers, vendors, aggregators and creators of grey literature.

Grey literature: An annotated Bibliography (compiled by the Subject and Bibliographic Access to Science Materials)

Issues in Sci/Tech Library Management Discussion Group

Sunday June 22
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Holiday Inn on King - Regency BR C

The Top Ten Things a New Sci/Tech Librarian Should Know: Developing Core Competencies

The field of academic librarianship, along with the production and dissemination of scientific and technical information, has been evolving at a rapid rate. What knowledge and skills should a sci/tech librarian entering the field in the 21st century have?  What do you wish you'd known when you were a "green" librarian?  What are the most important things for a supervisor to include in a new librarian's training? What does the new generation of sci/tech librarians think are the essential competencies? Join us as we discuss these issues and try to come up with a unanimous "top ten" list.  Four speakers will lead off the discussion, representing both the experienced, managerial side: Catherine SoehnerScience & Engineering Library, UC Santa Cruz, and Janet McCueMann Library, Cornell University; and the newcomer's perspective: Kathy FescemyerLife Sciences Library, Penn State, and Annie Zeidman-KarpinskiScience Library, University of Oregon.



Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion Group

Saturday June 21
9:30 - 11:00 am
Metro Toronto Convention Centre - 205B

Please join us for a discussion on science and technology reference products, with emphasis on Internet based products. Stephen DeCroes from  John Wiley and Sons will give a presentation on Wiley’s print and online reference sources. Tom Rosenthal, Senior Library Sales Manager for  Elsevier Sciences and Technology Books will talk about Academic Press and Elsevier print and online reference sources and monographs. Both have been invited to discuss new products and features, pricing models, how their companies identify new products or subject areas for coverage, what they see as their core products, and where they see their industry as a whole. Librarians and other conference attendees are encouraged to come and actively participate in our discussion.



STS Forum for Science and Technology Library Research
(Sponsored by the Research Committee)

Saturday, June 21
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Sheraton Centre Hotel - Windsor Room

The STS Research Committee invites you to attend this year's Forum to hear two presentations of current research on topics of interest to sci/tech librarians. Charity Hope and Shannon Staley from  San Jose State University Library will talk about their research on "Student Expectations for Library Web Site Organization." Pamela Jacobs and Wendy Rodgers from the  University of Guelph Library will discuss their research project, "Creative Solutions through Collaboration: Information Literacy for a Large First Year Biology Class." Our guest responder will be Julie Hurd, Science Librarian and Coordinator of Digital Library Planning at the  University of Illinois, Chicago and incoming editor of Science & Technology Libraries. Ms. Hurd will provide expert commentary on the research presentations. The Forum provides an opportunity for authors, guest responder, and audience members to discuss the research presented and to talk about the research and publication process in general.

Creative Solutions through Collaboration: Information Literacy for a Large First Year Biology Class (Powerpoint) by Pamela Jacobs and Wendy Rodgers



Science and Tecnology Databases Discussion Group

Genomics databases: Big Science, biology and libraries

Sunday June 22
9:30 - 11:00 am
Metro Toronto Convention Centre - 205A

Join the Sci-Tech Information Discussion Group to learn about the genomics information explosion and how libraries can play a significant role during these exciting times in the field of biology . A single microarray (gene on a chip) can generate over half a million data points. The Genbank database release 135.0 contained 31 billion bases from 24 million reported sequences. The January  'database' issue of  Nucleic Acids Research contained over 350 database descriptions, and that is a selective list. These large datasets, the large numbers of databases, and the computational techniques necessary to manage and understand the data are radically changing how some biology is done. Libraries are rich with expertise that could help manage the explosion of data. Kathy Chiang, Public Services Librarian at  Mann Library, Cornell University will give an overview of genomics databases today and how they are being used. This will be followed by a discuss of how library staff could contribute expertise and experience to enhance the research and learning process.

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