Big Science, Little Science, E-Science: The Science Librarian's Role in the Conversation

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Monday, July 13, 2009 8:00-11:00 am

McCormick Place South, S-105 a-d

As science librarians we are familiar with Big Science (large-scale projects funded by national governments or groups of governments), and Little Science (science taking place as individual or smaller group efforts). Add to these E-science (science that involves collaborative – often global -- exchange of research information requiring access to data sets) and you have the formula for a fascinating discussion of our emerging role in the scientific research process taking place on our campuses.

Program Panelists:

Dr. Chris Greer, Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) and formerly Program Director for the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure. Download slides in PDF  

Dr. George Djorgovski, Professor of Astronomy and Co-Director of the California Institute of technology Center for Advanced Computing Research.  Download slides in PDF

John Saylor, Cornell University Libraries.  Download slides in PDF

Melissa Cragin, Coordinator of the Data Curation Program, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Download slides in PDF

An excellent supporting bibliography on this topic (developed by Denise Bennett) is available at:

The program is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). It will be followed by the STS Poster Session and Reception from 11:00 am to 12:30 in McCormick Place South, S-106. Light refreshments will be served.