Discussion Groups Science & Technology Section ALA Midwinter Meeting, 2005: Boston, January 14-17



STS Dinner

Saturday January 15

The College Science Librarians and the Issues in Sci/Tech Library Management Discussion Group are once again co-sponsoring a dinner. This year it is on Saturday, January 15. The dinner will be at  Skipjacks , in the Back Bay, at 5:30 p.m. leaving plenty of time to get to other events if necessary. As in past years, this is a great way to have members of these discussion groups and other STS librarians get together informally to have fun, eat good food, and get to know their colleagues. All sci/tech librarians are welcome.

Skipjacks has three locations; our dinner will be at 199 Clarendon St., approximately 7 blocks East of the Convention Center and one block South on Clarendon. Phone number is 617-536-3500. Take a look at the  menu (it's not just seafood),  directions, and the  history of the restaurant at the  restaurant's web site. For those who don't want a full-fledged dinner, you'll see that you can have great appetizers, salads and soups as well. There is a map on their site, but a better map can be found  here  which shows landmarks which can be useful for those who will be walking.

Please RSVP to Norma Kobzina at nkobzina@library.berkeley.edu or 510-643-6475, by January 11, if you wish to join us. Hope to see you there!


General Discussion Group

Saturday January 15
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Omni Parker House Alcott B

Topic: Google Scholar: What is all the fuss about?

In November 2004, Google announced the release of the beta version of Google Scholar. According to their About page, "Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research." Until now, librarians have been primarily concerned with students using Google to find free information; now they can use Google Scholar to identify articles from scholarly journals. What are the implications of this new product for science librarians and our patrons? Will patrons miss full text articles available at no cost through the library? Despite the service's limitations, will our students search this product? Will our expensive, library databases be replaced by this service?

Join us for what we know will be a lively discussion of this timely topic.





Combined Discussion Group
(General, Science/Technology Information, Publishers/Vendors Relations, College Science Librarians)

Sunday January 16
9:30 - 11:00 am
Boston Park Plaza - White Hill

The NIH Public Access Proposal and the Open Access Movement: The Dream and Reality for Science Libraries

Jane Griffith, Acting Director of  National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Michael Leach, Director of the  Kummel Library of Geological Sciences and  Physics Library at Harvard

Powerpoint presentation

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