Discussion Groups, Science & Technology SectionALA Midwinter Meeting, 2002:New Orleans, January 18 - 21


General Discussion Group

Saturday January 19
2:00 - 4:00pm
Morial Convention Center - Room 293

The discussion will center on the issues presented in the November 2001 issue of Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (www.istl.org). The theme of this ISTL issue is "Public Service in the Electronic Environment." Though the journal issue is public services oriented, we hope particularly that technical services sci-tech librarians will join us to offer their perspective. The Discussion leaders include Susan Ardis, Kathy Fescemyer, JoAnn Sears, and Discussion Group co-chairs Bryna Coonin and Meg Spencer.

Tentative plans for Annual in Atlanta include a joint session with the Discussion group of the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) on the "The Business of Science."


Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion Group

Sunday, January 20
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Morial Convention Center (MCC) Room 278

OpenURL and SFX - Implications for Science Libraries
Science Libraries now face the double problem of trying to provide patrons with electronic resources while at the same time attempting to have a clear path to these resources within databases. Too often users experience the frustration of arriving at a dead link to an online resource. Fortunately there is the new OpenURL standard and an application of that standard, SFX a Link Server for libraries, that can help to ease this process.

Eric Van de Velde is the chair of the NISO OpenURL Committee and will speak about the work of this committee, its formation, expected outcomes, and implications for libraries. Jenny Walker is the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Information Services Division of Ex Libris (USA) Inc. She will speak about their application, an OpenURL-compliant link server called SFX, which delivers linking services and allows libraries to customize their links to fully integrate their information resources. A discussion and opportunity to ask questions will immediately follow their presentations.

Please join us on Sunday, January 20 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. to hear these two speakers and discuss SFX and the open URL standard.


Sci/Tech Databases Discussion Group

Sunday, January 20
2:00 - 5:30 pm
Ritz Carleton New Orleans - St. Charles

The Science Databases Discussion Group will focus its discussion on natural resources databases. These are resources that have been created by state governmental agencies(PA State wetlands project), by oganizations and research centers(Audubon Society), corporations (Wildbirds Unlimited) as | well as individual enthusiasts.

We have invited creators of and contributors to these resources to share their experiences, observations and critiques of the work they have done. We invite you to participate in this discussion, to share your ideas, and to learn from others.

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