Discussion Groups, Science & Technology Section ALA Annual Conference, 2005: Chicago, June 24-28



College Science Librarians Discussion Group

Sunday June 26
11:30am - 12:30pm
Hotel Intercontinental, Wright

Join the College Science Librarians for a stimulating discussion on recruiting and retaining the "best" people for your organization. Recruitment and retention, especially of high value staff, is one of the major concerns for most libraries. Come and hear from your peers and contribute your ideas on this important topic.


General Discussion Group

Sunday June 26
9:30 - 11:00 am
Holiday Inn City Center, Ohio

Science Libraries and Blogs

Blogs. They're everywhere. From the New York Times to the "Daily Show"... even Rosie O'Donnell has her own blog. What are science libraries and librarians doing with blogs? Join us for a discussion about blogs with two science librarian bloggers, Alesia McManus and George Porter. Alesia is Head of the Science Library at Binghamton University. She contributes to the " Science Library Blog" at http://library.lib.binghamton.edu/mt/science/ George, a librarian at the Sherman Fairchild Library of Engineering & Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology, is a contributor to the " scitech library question" at http://stlq.info/. We'll also hear about the campus wide blogs, UThink, hosted by the University of Minnesota. You can check out UThink at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/.

Please join us for a lively Sunday morning discussion.

   Issues in Sci/Tech Library Management Discussion Group

Sunday June 26
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Holiday Inn City Center, Ohio

Begin at the Beginning: Assessment in Science Libraries

Too often Science Library staff and management make decisions based on anecdotal evidence or perceptions of needs. While good decisions can be had in that fashion, performing a series of assessments of customer needs and wants based on sound methodologies is preferable. Face-to-face interviews, focus groups and well constructed surveys can provide data that forms the basis of good decision-making. In anticipation of an important preconference on assessment technigques and methodologies at the 2006 ALA Annual (co-sponsored by the STS Assessment Committee, the Issues in Sci/Tech Library Management Discussion Group and the EBSS Higher Education Committee) Dave Baca and Julie Miran will lead attendees in a lively discussion of experiences with assessment, assessment tools and analysis of the data.

   Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion Group



Sci/Tech Information Discussion Group

Saturday June 25
2:00 - 3:30 pm


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

Sunday June 26
4:00 - 6:00pm
Palmer House Hilton, Salon IV

Two papers were selected by the Research committee based on the criteria of timeliness, evidence of scholarship, research methodology and relevance to the field of science and technology librarianship. The papers selected for presentation are:

Electronic Usage Statistics and Citation Analysis by John McDonald, Acquisitions Librarian, California Institute of Technology


Proteomics: Measuring the Emergence of a New Scientific Discipline by Bibliographic Means by Frederick W. Stoss, Science and Engineering Library, Arts and Sciences Libraries, and Rosemarie Maldonado, Department of Library and Information Studies (graduate student),School of Informatics, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Julie Hurd, Science Librarian and Coordinator of Digital Library Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Editor of Science and Technology Libraries, will serve as the Guest Responder, providing expert feedback to the authors on their research and presentations helping the authors to further their research and hopefully develop their presentations for future publication.


   Science Librarian's Dinner

Sunday June 26
6:00 pm - ?

Harry Caray's Restaurant

Harry Caray's is the place to be on Sunday, June 26 6:00-? for the Science Librarians' Dinner. Please join us for a tasty meal and great companionship!

Information on Harry Caray's can be found at:  http://www.harrycarays.com/chicago_info.cfm

Please RSVP to  Norma Kobzina.

See you there!

Sponsored by the co-chairs of the College Science Librarians and Issues in Sci-Tech Library Management Discussion Groups - Sue O'Dell, Norma Kobzina, Beth Thomsett-Scott, and David Baca.


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