Discussion Groups, Science & Technology Section ALA Annual Conference, 2004: Orlando, June 25-29



College Science Librarians Discussion Group

Saturday June 26
11:30am - 12:30pm
Embassy Suites Jamaican Court - Manatee

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.  Julie Miran will talk about what she has done at the new  science library  at Haverford College. Please bring your own ideas as we will be allowing substantial time for group discussions. Results of the discussion will be posted on the STS web site.

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Subject and Bibliographic Access to Science Materials Committee and General Discussion Group

Sunday June 27
9:30 - 11:00 am

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Maitland Room

Subject Analysis of Theses, Dissertations and ETDs in Science and Technology: An In-depth Look

Is full level subject analysis of theses and dissertations using Library of Congress Subject Headings extremely difficult and time-consuming? How do libraries justify this expensive attempt with shrinking budgets? Does providing subject access increase the discovery, hence usage and circulation, of theses and dissertations? I. Setting the stage-- Robert Wolverton (Mississippi State). II. Points and counterpoints from technical services perspective—Leslie O’Brien (Virginia Tech) and *Cathy Gerhart (U. of Washington). III. Points and counterpoints from public services perspective—Cindy Levine (NC State) and Susan B. Case (U. of Kansas). IV. Future trends—Diane Vizine-Goetz (OCLC). V. Discussion/Dialogue among participants

   Issues in Sci/Tech Library Management Discussion Group

Sunday June 27
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Sheraton World Resort - Michigan Room

The Irresistible Force and the Immovable Object: Alternative Forms of Publishing and your Faculty

We are all living in the age of the “scholarly communication crisis.” Science and technology libraries are under extreme pressure to look for alternatives to traditional and commercially published journals. We are looking at electronic-only, open-access, PloS, SPARC, rejecting the “Big Deal”, and other alternatives. However, there are hundreds of years of tradition and practice behind the current model of peer-review, print journals, and the system of promotion and tenure. Many of our research and teaching faculty still want to read, publish in, review for, or edit journals that their libraries can no longer afford. Faculty may be interested in trying new types of publications, but are understandably reluctant to give up the security of the tried and true. How can librarians work with faculty members to advance this process? What promises to be a lively discussion will be led by a couple of speakers who will describe their recent experiences­-including their successes and obstacles­-working with faculty in confronting the major changes in publishing models.

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   Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion Group

Saturday June 26
9:30 - 11:00 am
Orange County Convention Center - Room 206C

Open Access Publishing Models: Florida Entomologist and the Berkeley Online Press

In this session, we will be discussing two models of open access publishing. Dr. Thomas Walker, Professor Emeritus of Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, will speak about the open access initiatives of the Florida Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of America and their relevance to the incipient transition to open access to all journal articles. Dr. Aaron Edlin, Professor, Boalt Hall Law School and Department of Economics at U.C. Berkeley and co-founder, Berkeley Electronic Press will give a talk: "The Berkeley Electronic Press Publishing Model: Scholars regaining control."

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

Sunday June 27
2:00 - 4:00pm
Crowne Plaza Universal - Salon D

Exploring Cultural Diversity and Diversity in Science

Edward González (1), Robert Yost (2), (1) University Library, Indiana University-Purdue University, 714 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46020; (2) Biology, Indiana University-Purdue University, 714 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46020.

Science 120 is an innovative first-year seminar. Designed to introduce key scientific topics and university principles of undergraduate learning (PUL), the course also integrates subject specific library competencies. Week ten focuses on “Understanding Society and Culture.” Our principle objective is to illustrate that individual scholarship is an intricate part of global scholarship supported by the scientific method, peer review and ethical conduct. In order to facilitate student interactions, group activities addressing learning styles and developmental stages of cognitive learning are utilized. To establish a baseline, students' reasoning with regards to the concept of diversity in the context of science is assessed prior to initiating the session. Students are introduced to a biotic model, a coral reef, created as a discussion tool to parallel dynamic activities in the scientific community and to develop elements of reasoning. To further enrich student outcomes, biographies and histories of science sources are provided to create a timeline. These references enable recognition and identification of significant contributions in medicine from pre-history to the present by gender, country, race and ethnicity. Our post assessment indicates a deeper and broader understanding of diversity in the context of science.

Collaborating directly with Research Faculty to build research quality collections in the sciences: The Ohioview Model

Presenters: Judith A. Sessions Dean and University Librarian; John Millard Digital Initiatives Librarian; Miami University Libraries Oxford, OH Oxford, OH

The world is currently experiencing an explosion of remotely sensed imagery available from civilian and private satellites. Driving much of this is a growing awareness of the utility of satellite data in a wide variety of disciplines including agriculture, cartography, education, forestry, geology, and urban planning. The ever-widening array of data products available for acquisition presents a daunting collection development challenge.

One alternative is for a library to directly collaborate with research faculty at multiple institutions to build and manage a shared collection. Funding can come from multiple sources including the researchers themselves. This is the approach the Miami University Libraries have taken in building collections of shared satellite data as a member of the OhioView Research Consortium.

A standing order of Ohio data is purchased by the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) and provides a core data collection for learning and research. However, most researchers have research interests outside Ohio so they need to acquire data that fall outside of the standing order. Using Miami University as a central contact, they can purchase the data they need for their research and pay for it with local University funds. These datasets are then added to the shared archive, cataloged and made available to the rest of the consortium.

This paper will describe the digital library infrastructure developed to manage the data collection; provide an analysis of the researcher purchased data and the impact that data has had on research and teaching in Ohio; and offer a proposal for more active collaboration between researchers and libraries in the development of scientific data collections.

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