ASLI SLA Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, JUNE 10, 1997
Dr. Keith Seitter, AMS
Carolyn Argentati, North Carolina State University, Natural Resources Library
Pete Banholzer, Goddard Space Flight Center Library
Peter Brueggeman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library
Patricia Carey, University of Washington, Natural Sciences Library
Ellie Clement, Dartmouth College, Kresge Physical Sciences Library
Jerry Curry, EOSDIS
Melissa Lamont, Penn State University, Maps Library
Maria Latyszewskyj, Environment Canada
Lisa Recupero, Penn State University, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Julia Triplehorn, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute Library
Trevor Wakely, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
Maureen Woods, NOAA Library, Seattle OfficeUpdate on AMS Journals online
The AMS is creating an SGML archive starting with the 1997 issues. The journals will be available via the Web in PDF or HTML format created “on the fly” from the archive. The articles in the electronic versions will be full-text and have figures (appearing as thumbnail sketches which can be viewed full-size by clicking on them) and internal links to cited references in the bibliography.The pilot site will be available for preview around July 1, 1997.A three tier pricing schedule has been established. The prices indicated are the additional cost to receive the electronic version if your institution already has a print subscription.
Departmental scheme for up to 100 workstations will be $30.00 per journal (except Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology and Weather and Forecasting which will be $20).
Small Institution scheme for 100-500 workstations will be $90 per journal (except Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology and Weather and Forecasting which will be less).
Large Institution scheme for over 500 workstations will be $150 per journal (except Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology and Weather and Forecasting which will be $100 each). (So at the large institution level, if you receive all 7 of the AMS periodical publications and want to receive the electronic versions as well, it will be an additional $950 per year.)
It is costing the AMS over $194,000 to produce the electronic archive, there for they need to generate over $200,000 to profit. They are hoping for many large institution level subscriptions.
The Bulletin of the AMS will be available for no cost and no subscription via the Web. However, it will not be in SGML format.
You will be able to search all AMS publications included in the archive to the abstract level for no cost via the AMS Web site.
Subscriptions will be written so that years paid for by an institution/subscriber will be “owned” by the subscriber and access will not disappear if the subscription is terminated. If the AMS can no longer “support” a server/archive, they will supply the purchased issues in an alternative format.
If you subscribe with the 1998 charter subscription, access to 1997 will be received gratis. (This “2 for 1 special” will be advertised with the initial launch of the service).
AMS is considering links to abstracts in MGA but does not plan to have this option available anytime soon.
Questions regarding the AMS online publications:
Earth Interactions update:
Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts update:
Since AMS has turned over production of MGA to Inforonics, AMS must be careful how requests or negotiations are initiated. (Whether or not MGA profits or losses is up to Inforonics). AMS has requested the ability to download records but has not gotten any response from Inforonics. With the consensus of those at the meeting indicating that downloadable records are highly desired, AMS will approach Inforonics once again, perhaps with a bit more leverage.
Dr. Seitter asked that we, the primary users of MGA, notify the AMS with any concerns with quality and coverage we find in the MGA database. Since MGA is only allowed 9,000 items per year and approximately 1/3 of that is “required materials” a lot of material that used to be considered core to MGA database is now falling out of the scope of its coverage. This is especially evident in international and conference publication coverage.
Questions regarding MGA:
J. Curry indicated that the NCDC will be going to a cost recovery service for all its web-based data by the end of 1997.
J. Curry suggested that the Global Change Master Directory might be a good place to start for reference queries for meteorological data. He also indicated that the GCMD will accept suggestions for additions to its listings. (GCMD URL: http://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov)
ASLI, depending on a majority vote of yes from the listserv, will meet with a limited program at the AMS meeting January 11-16, 1997 in Phoenix, Arizona. ASLI needs to decide yes or no to meet with AMS in Phoenix by the July 1, 1997. And, if ASLI decides to meet in Phoenix, we need to send preliminary program information to Dr. Seitter by the end of August, 1997.
If ASLI wants to pursue a program for Phoenix, make suggestions via the listserv. P. Brueggeman suggested starting with the basics, by asking speakers from organizations or institutions which could discuss what a new atmospheric sciences librarian would need to know. Additional ideas included speakers from the NCDC, NOAA, Data producers and international and national organizations.
It was also suggested that in Phoenix ASLI consider establishing bylaws, minimal dues, look into finding a gift to get the organization financially established, explore travel options for members, maintaining its international focus and consider establishing a newsletter or publication outlet.