Discussion Groups, Science & Technology Section ALA Annual Conference, 2008: Anaheim, CA


Annual Hot Topic

Sunday, June 29th, 2008
10:30 am – 12 noon (just after the STS Breakfast!)
Hyatt Regency Orange County (HYATT) Terrace Room

The Embedded Librarian:  New Role or New Title?

The term "embedded librarianship" has been a buzzword since shortly after "embedded journalists" appeared on the scene.  Is this a new role for librarians, or is it just a new title for work we've always done? Join us for a panel discussion with librarians who are embedded in academic and research roles.  We will also hear the results of research being conducted by Martin Kesselman and Sarah Watstein to investigate this role.

College Science Librarians Discussion Group

Sunday, June 29th, 2008
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Orange County (HYATT) Salon I

Research Guides Remixed

Springshare's Libguides, Oregon State University's open source ICAP (Interactive Course Assignment Pages) and other systems are making it easier to create web-based research guides that appeal to the aesthetic sensibilities of our patrons and lead them to the scholarly resources they need. In this year's discussion group, we will talk about these research guide management systems and explore best practices for their use in science libraries.

This session will feature two "Pecha Kucha" presentations from librarians who have experience with these systems. Pecha Kucha, Japanese for "chatter", is a new presentation format that limits each presenter to 20 slides and gives them 20 seconds talk about each (6 minutes and 40 seconds per presenter.) Following the presentations, we will discuss these systems and share creative ways to enhance web-based research guides using "Web 2.0" technologies.

Steven M. Adams, Biological and Life Sciences Librarian, Princeton University

Margaret Mellinger, Engineering Librarian, Oregon State University Libraries