2003 STS Conference Poster Session


ACRL Science and Technology Section

Partners in Science: an Exploration of a Scientist-Librarian Relationship

Monday, June 23, 2003

Reception and Poster Sessions: 
11:30 - 12:30 Metro Toronto Convention Centre - 801B

Following the STS Program, the Program and Research Committees invite you to attend the STS Reception and Poster Session. The Research Committee has invited seven groups of authors to present posters on topics of interest to Science and Technology Librarians.

The Librarian and Technology Transfer
Michael Shochet, Technology Transfer Information Center, National Agricultural Library, University of Maryland, College Park 

Poster Presentation

Patents, licensing, and technology transfer have become increasingly important to universities and research centers, as well as to individual scientists. A survey of 190 research institutions by the Association of University Technology Managers reveals that scientists from these institutions generated 13,032 invention disclosures, 6,375 new patent applications and 3,764 patents in the year 2000.[1] Scientists have a direct stake in this process as well, since they receive a percentage of the profits from a successful licensing of their patents.

A researcher attempting to move an idea from concept to commercialization will encounter different informational needs throughout the process. Staff of the Technology Transfer Information Center (TTIC), National Agricultural Library, United States Department of Agriculture, have monitored these needs since 1989 and have developed a "research to technology transfer continuum" diagram to show how librarians can systematically contribute information that leads to key decision making related to science and engineering research and technology commercialization endeavors.

TTIC staff works with USDA and university researchers and technology transfer professionals as well as with private sector entrepreneurs to provide patent, business and market information that contributes to the development of new products, processes and services. This poster will portray the research and technology transfer continuum and showcase the information inputs librarians contribute to the process.

[1] Pressman, Lori, et.al. "AUTM Licensing Survey: FY 2000. Survey Summary". Northbrook, IL: Association of University Technology Managers. 2002. Accessed 10/25/02. http://www.autm.net/surveys/2000/summarynoe.pdf


Honored Faculty/Honored Books: A Formal Recognition of the Link between Scholarship and Libraries
Catherine Soehner, University of California, Santa Cruz

Poster Presentation

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, the  Science & Engineering Library has recently begun an annual tradition of recognizing science and engineering faculty who have received promotion or tenure within the last calendar year. We modeled our program after a similar event held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The idea for the Honored Faculty/Honored Books event is for faculty who have recently received tenure and/or promotion to select a book that is personally and professionally meaningful to them and to write a brief (50 words or less) description of why they selected their book. The new book selected is added to the University Library collection and inscribed with a personalized bookplate. The S&E Library developed a commemorative Web page, which lists the books selected by faculty ( http://library.ucsc.edu/science/honor/) and their description of why the book was meaningful to them. An exhibit was created during the month of the event displaying the books and the faculty descriptions. Additionally, faculty were invited to a reception in their honor which was held in the Science & Engineering Library. Attendance at the event has grown to include family, friends, and graduate students. The event provides the S&E Library with an opportunity to connect with faculty and campus administration around a positive and heart-warming event.


A Science Literacy Tutorial for First-Year Biology Students
Tracy Thrasher Hybl, Katherine Kearns, Ardelle Legg, Boston University

What does it mean to be scientifically literate? It is evident that a large segment of the population of the United States has very little understanding of the methods and process of scientific inquiry. One of the ways that Boston University attempts to remedy this problem is to offer a “Science Literacy” module as part of the general biology laboratory curriculum. Approximately 500 students enroll in these courses each semester.

Prior to 2002, librarians conducted a short tour and presentation of library resources to introductory biology students. Because of the large enrollment in this course, the limited amount of time available for a presentation, and the lack of adequate presentation space and equipment in the library, it was difficult to successfully introduce students to the library, its resources, and search strategies. Beginning with the Fall 2002 semester, the Biology Department and librarians at the Science and Engineering Library at Boston University began a collaboration to create an online tutorial that addresses some of the goals of the “Science Literacy” module. This tutorial consists of three parts: introduction to the evolution of scientific information, step-by-step instruction for performing topic searches in article databases, and locating journals containing articles identified from article database searches.

This poster will describe each section of the tutorial and provide preliminary assessment results.

Tutorial Links:
First version of the tutorial (used during the fall 2002 semester)  is at http://www.bu.edu/library/sel/bi107/tutorial.html

The updated version of the tutorial that was used for the spring 2003 semester (second part of general biology) is at: http://www.bu.edu/library/sel/bi108/

Update that will be ready for the fall 2003 semester. When ready, it will be available from:  http://www.bu.edu/library/sel/bi107/ 


What's Good on the Web (and What Isn't): Teaching Web Evaluation to Non-Science Majors
Anna Pilston, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

A crucial part of information literacy is knowing how to evaluate information resources, especially web-based resources which have become an important source of scientific information for many individuals. Anna Pilston, assistant librarian at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and Matthew Fisher, associate professor of chemistry at St. Vincent College, have developed a  self-paced tutorial for evaluating Web sites used in a chemistry class for non-science majors.

The tutorial, a MS PowerPoint document, was written primarily by Ms. Pilston, and was integrated into the class by Dr. Fisher. The document can be viewed on the Web or downloaded to a student's computer, and is focused on pharmaceutical issues. Five criteria are used for evaluating the quality of Web sites - currency, relevance, accuracy, authority, objectivity. Students are led through the evaluation of a different Web site for each criterion. After finishing the tutorial, students are required to complete a worksheet where they are asked to evaluate several additional sites on the basis of all five criteria. Results from initial trials of the tutorial/worksheet combination will be presented as well as revisions that are being working on based on student responses.

What’s Good on the Web and What Isn’t How to Tell by Anna Pilston and Matt Fisher (Powerpoint)

Collaborating Directly with Research Faculty to Build a Digital Library for Satellite Remote Sensing: The Ohioview Model
John Millard, Miami University Libraries

The world is currently experiencing an explosion of remotely sensed imagery available from civilian and private satellites. Driving much of this explosion in data is a growing awareness of the utility of satellite data in a wide variety of disciplines. For many academic libraries interested in collecting satellite data to support their research faculty and students, the ever-widening array of data products and their complexity and size present daunting collection development challenges. One solution is for a library to directly collaborate with research faculty at multiple institutions to build and manage a shared collection. The Miami University Libraries have taken this approach to build a shared satellite data collection as the core collection of the  Ohioview research consortium.

Originally begun at Miami University as a collaboration between faculty in the University Libraries and the Department of Geology, Ohioview is a grassroots consortium of 10 Ohio universities, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA. The mission of the group is to provide wider access to data from remote sensing satellites to researchers and the general public. In support of this mission, the Miami University Libraries worked with NASA, the USGS, and OhioLINK to develop a system to manage routine acquisition of data, automated metadata creation, data storage, and federated searching for access and distribution. Ohioview members and others use the data archive in teaching and in research. This poster session will introduce the digital library architecture that was developed and highlight some extraordinary ways that Ohioview researchers have applied the data to real world problems.

Partnering for Better Health: Physician/Librarian Collaboration at a University Student Health Service
Jeff Williams and Mary Linn Bergstrom, Biomedical Library, University of California, San Diego.

Poster Presentation

The University of California, San Diego, Health Service provides primary health care for over 20,300 students, handling 31,000 patient visits annually. Clinical faculty providing health care at Student Health Service need reliable access to quality health information. The  UCSD Biomedical Library and  Student Health Service have partnered over the past two years to improve clinicians' information proficiencies. In addition to initial training efforts, the Student Health Service Library Advisory Board was formed. The Board, consisting of the Clinical Director, Director of Health Education, Coordinator of CME, and the Biomedical Library's Undergraduate Services Librarian, sets priorities for Student Health Service information resource training, participates in resource evaluation, and identifies partnership and grant opportunities. Strategic planning by the advisory board led to receipt of an NLM Digital Libraries grant to expand instruction and access to resources for clinical faculty, health educators, and student peer-to-peer health counselors though innovative use of the campus wireless network. A liaison librarian, partially funded by the grant, collaborates with Student Health Service's clinical faculty, health educators, and student health counselors to develop a training program and create a health information portal that will guide them to relevant health information resources. Other grant activities include assessment of the impact of clinicians' training and the effectiveness of the health information portal. This project is a model for faculty/librarian partnerships to improve access to information.


The following corporate friends provided generous financial funding in support of the ACRL STS program and its New Members Orientation session.We are most appreciative of this support

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
Elsevier Science, Inc
YBP Library Services
Springer-Verlag NY, Inc
Swets Blackwell, Inc
ISI Thomsen

2003 STS Conference Program

Last updated February 4, 2004