2009 STS Conference Poster Session

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ACRL Science and Technology Section (ACRL-STS)

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 2009

Big Science, Little Science, E-Science
The science librarian's role in the conversation This program will explore the science librarian's role in the emerging conversation concerning data and data curation in scientific research with the goal of raising awareness and empowering science librarians to approach faculty members about these issues.


Posters will be displayed from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2009, immediately following the STS Program, which starts at 8:30 a.m.

  • Poster Title: The Role of Academic Libraries in DataONE: Engaging in E-Science through Project Partnership
Authors: Robert J. Sandusky, Patricia Cruse, John Kunze, Suzie Allard, and Carol Tenopir
Institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago, California Digital Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Phone: 312-413-9822
Fax: 312-413-0424
email: sandusky@uic.edu

This poster provides an overview of the role of academic and science libraries in DataONE, a distributed sustainable digital data preservation and access network for earth, environmental and ecological sciences funded as one of two initial DataNet projects by the National Science Foundation. The poster presents a case study highlighting (1) the role of librarians and libraries in DataONE, (2) the structure of the DataONE virtual organization, and (3) the kinds of services that libraries will provide as they develop their capacity to curate digital data. Librarians are involved at all stages of the project – proposal development, needs analysis, data collection, standards development, outreach and instruction, end-user support, LIS research, data curation, and preservation. DataONE uses inclusive organizational structures and processes to integrate digital, academic, and science librarians with research networks, governmental organizations, international organizations, data and metadata archives, professional societies, NGOs, the commercial sector, and synthesis and supercomputer centers/networks to form an economically and technologically sustainable virtual organization. The librarians involved in this project plan to build distributed services to provide user instruction, global virtual reference services, and support the dissemination of best practices for collecting “born archival” scientific data. Participating libraries will evolve to support the discovery and long-term (decades to centuries) preservation of diverse multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data collected by biological (genome to ecosystem) and environmental (atmospheric, ecological, hydrological, and oceanographic) scientists, national and international research networks, and environmental observatories.

  • Poster Title: Libraries Using E-Science Communication During the 4th International Polar Year 2007-2008

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Authors: Gloria Hicks and Allaina Wallace
Institution: Roger G. Barry Resource Office for Cryospheric Studies, National Snow and Ice Data Center
Phone: 303.492.4004
Fax: 303.492.2468
email: ghicks@nsidc.org

Almost three years ago, the international scientific community began its push towards the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) for 2007-2008.  During this endeavor, more than sixty countries and thousands of scientists are conducting hundreds of projects at both poles, which cover a wide range of topics from the hard sciences to social research. 

With so many participants and the accompanying research data, several research and science libraries have collaborated in an effort to gather this data, for both past and present IPYs, and make it available for researchers and students of science.  This collaboration has resulted in three data-related projects: International Polar Year Publications Database (IPYPD), Discovery and Access of Historic Literature of the IPYs (DAHLI), and the International Polar Year 2007-2008 Bibliography.  The libraries and archives involved in these projects include the Scott Polar Research Institute Library, the Cold Regions Bibliography Project, the Roger G. Barry Resource Office for Cryospheric Studies @ NSIDC, and the Arctic  Science and Technology Information Systems.

Not only do these libraries and archives contribute to the above projects, they also have sponsored individual IPY events in an effort to inform their constituents of the various scientific activities occurring around the world.

This poster describes the ways in which the libraries, their users, and the scientists interact to both provide and manage the data generated by over a hundred years of polar research.


  • Poster Title: Physics Education Research (PER) Central: Expanding the Scope of Digital Libraries by Promoting Resources Through Assisting a Conference

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Authors: Jenny Rempel, Lyle Barbato, Bruce Mason and Cecelia Brown
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Phone: 405-325-3921
Fax: 405-325-7648
email: rempeljl@ou.edu, lyle@ou.edu, bmason@ou.edu, cbrown@ou.edu

PER-Central is a collection of digital materials designed to meet the information needs of physics education researchers (PER) throughout the world.  The collection is part of ComPADRE – Communities of Physics and Astronomy Digital Resources in Education – a National Science Digital Library dedicated to the needs of physics and astronomy educators and students.  Since 2005, PER-Central’s librarians and scientists have worked together to provide physics education researchers with online access to theses and dissertations, news and events, curricular materials, and research articles.  This summer, PER-Central took its next step in digital information stewardship by serving as the online portal for the 2008 Physics Education Research Conference. PER-Central acted as the organizing hub for the meeting by coordinating registration, accepting abstracts, mediating the review process, and archiving the conference papers.  By providing this one-stop online service, PER-Central received positive recognition from the physics education research community, expanded their user base, and acquired new materials for their collection.  E-metrics show that patrons who registered for the meeting went beyond the conference information and explored other PER-Central resources.  This poster will illustrate how librarians’ participation in unique digital data curation projects like PER-Central’s online conference service serves to enrich the scholarly communication of scientists.

  • Poster Title: e-Science @ UMass

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Authors: Maxine G. Schmidt and Rebecca Reznik-Zellen
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Phone: 413-545-6739
Fax: 413-577-1534
email: mschmidt@library.umass.edu, rreznikz@library.umass.edu

This poster describes an effort underway at the University of Massachusetts to anticipate and support e-Science enterprises across the five-campus system. An Ad Hoc committee of Science Librarians convened in March of 2008 to discuss the challenges of e-Science and prepare the Libraries for their role in e-Science initiatives. We established a set of Principles Fundamental to the Role of the University of Massachusetts Research Libraries in e-Science, modeled on the principles presented in the ARL Report, “Agenda for Developing e-Science in Research Libraries.” We are organizing two events to be held in the spring and summer of 2009: a regional symposium on e-Science for librarians, and a three-day Science Camp to educate librarians about e-science initiatives in biology, GIS, and nanotechnology, and to prepare them for faculty engagement. Finally, we identify current efforts on our campuses that already embody e-science principles.

Of these projects, one stands as an example where the Library has been actively engaged in the initial conception of the project as well as its development—the InterNano Nanomanufacturing Clearinghouse. Created through collaboration between the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, InterNano combines heterogeneous resources with networking and computational tools to enable discovery, facilitate the selection of information, and encourage collaboration. InterNano is a young project,  but it highlights the changing role of the library, where the information science community is actively working together with the community of information producers/consumers for a common purpose – the advancement of science.


  • Poster Title: "Data services in the Library?  Challenges and Successes in the Present and Future"

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Authors: Andrew Sallans, Sherry Lake, Kirsten Miles, Rebecca Pappert
Institution: Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library, University of Virginia
Phone: 434-243-2180
email: als9q@virginia.edu

The University of Virginia Brown Science & Engineering Library has been exploring data services models for faculty researchers since around 2004.  The Library’s Research Computing Lab, in partnership with subject librarians, has developed a number of service areas that allow researchers to get assistance with the complete research process (from experimental design to publication and data management) in one single area.  Our philosophy is that academic research libraries should provide information services support throughout the entire research lifecycle, not just in the information gathering phase.  We have established strategic partnerships and developed important technical capabilities in order to provide these services.  Our current services model includes the following areas:  technical software support, competitive intelligence (emerging technologies and trends), data, collaboration, and research communication.  Ultimately, we see this model as a natural evolution of the traditional departmental liaison model in the digital era, with the goal of connecting to faculty in new ways.

During our implementation and exploration of this new service model, we have encountered obstacles along the way in terms of funding, knowledge acquisition, and most importantly, culture change.  In addition to the internal organizational changes, convincing faculty that the library is an appropriate place to go for support beyond information gathering has been challenging.

  • Poster Title: Web Harvesting in Support of Faculty Research and Environmental Science Digital Library Development

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Author: Nathan Hall
Institution: University of North Texas Libraries
Phone: 940 565 2608
Fax: 940-565-2599
email: Nathan.hall@unt.edu

The UNT Libraries are developing an Environmental Science Digital Library that will host the intellectual output of researchers, students, and policy makers from collaborating institutions worldwide.  The digital library will provide online access to documents, data sets, image collections, simulations and curricula that support teaching and research in the environmental sciences.  The library will also generate content in support of faculty research by harvesting government web domains and extracting environmental science policy documents for analysis. Using software to crawl pre-defined sections of the World Wide Web, UNT Libraries will save copies of web content and index them for search, and provide the datasets for use in other research.  A collection of state and municipal websites that describe policies and statutes for recycling, water quality, energy efficiency standards in the design of government building, tax credits for alternative energy vehicles, or tree planting programs could be a useful resource for measuring the impact of government policies on environmental measures.