STS General Discussion Session 1998 ALA Annual Conference Washington, D.C.


"Science Libraries Engineer their Futures:
A Discussion from the Trenches"

Monday, June 29, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Hyatt Regency Washington, Columbia Foyer

Discussion Section Topic

On Monday, the ACRL Science and Technology Section's General Discussion Group will explore how to apply the ideas raised in the Saturday program on "Engineering the Future: a New Look at Organizational Thinking and Hyper-Learning" to improving science libraries. The Saturday program is co-sponsored by ACRL/Science and Technology Section and ACRL/University Libraries Section.

The General Discussion will begin with two science librarians briefly describing the organizational 're'-engineerings in their libraries. The group will then discuss pragmatic issues, such as what works and does not work, how to change people and cultures along with organizational charts, and, what changes made a lasting difference in the quality of service provided by science libraries.

Discussion Leaders

Douglas Jones is a librarian on the Science-Engineering Team at the University of Arizona. He has worked there in several capacities since 1979 including library instruction, collection development and management, and from 1993-1998 as Team Leader of the Science-Engineering Team. He was active in the planning and implementation of the team-based restructuring of the UA Library. He has chaired the Library Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Team as well as chairing the committee which revised the University's strategic plan. Doug will offer his perspective on the team-based restructuring of the University of Arizona Library and how it affected science and engineering library services and collections at the University of Arizona.

Isom Harrison is Library Division Manager for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has 25 years experience in the information industry as a manager and chemical information specialist. He is a member of both the American Chemical Society and the Special Libraries Association. He is also currently serving as Western Region Chairperson for The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). Isom will discuss the strategies used in the re-engineering of the LLNL library and discuss some of the effects that re-engineering has had on staff, users, and the library's status within its specialized research community.

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