12th Annual Atmospheric Science Librarians International Conference
Saturday, January 10, 2009
|5:00pm-7:00pm||Student pre-conference for meteorology students
ASLI will conduct a Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) scavenger hunt with prizes!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
|8:30am-3:30pm||Atmospheric Science 101: Update your Information Skills
at the Burton Barr Central Library.
This free workshop sponsored by the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) will help you strengthen and update your research skills in locating atmospheric science information in databases, books, reports, journals, data and indexes.
The morning will be primarily focused on journals and books with the afternoon session devoted to data sources, indexing and abstracting services. This is an opportunity to learn the favorite reference sources for librarians at NOAA, NASA, George Mason University, Geophysical Institute, Environment Canada and Texas A and M University.
Reservations for the workshop should be made by January 5th with Judie Triplehorn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If using the new Valley Metro Light Rail system, the stop for the Burton Barr Central Library is McDowell/Central Avenue
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
|8:00am||Registration and Coffee|
|8:30am||Welcome Address and Introductions
Chair, Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI)
Science and Engineering Library
University of California, Los Angeles
|8:45am||Session 1: Information Resources and Knowledge Collaboration
1.1 An Information Life-Preserver for Atmospheric Scientists
(No recorded presentation)
The abundance of electronic journals and databases available in the research academic environment has enabled faculty, research scientists and students to be increasingly productive, particularly during the last decade. A large number of resources may become cumbersome, however, and frustrate researchers who utilize only a small subset of the library’s collections. Librarians at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami are working with students and faculty to create specialized information portals which pull together core electronic journals and texts, literature databases, classic papers, and data resources. This presentation will describe how LibGuides software has been used to develop an information portal for meteorology, physical oceanography and remote sensing.
|9:15am||1.2 LibGuides Subject Pages: Not Just for Subject Research!
The University of New Mexico (UNM) University Libraries (UL) recently began to use Springshare’s LibGuides (http://www.springshare.com/) for all subject pages. All of these pages have been redone as LibGuides (see libguides.unm.edu) as part of a total revamping of the UL’s webpages and approach to outreach and working with our Departments. LibGuides are designed to integrate with other Library/Web 2.0 applications such as blogs, courseware systems, chat, and shared calendars. They are easy to work with and update, and a page can be produced very quickly. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of LibGuides and in particular to discuss the use of LibGuides in other contexts, such as in library instruction for classes and at the reference desk. LibGuides work equally well for a general introduction to a subject and for a more in-depth guide. LibGuides for specific classes function well as stand-alone or as part of a more general page. I will demonstrate the use of a page specifically designed for atmospheric sciences.
Donna E Cromer
|10:00am|| 1.3 Keynote Address:
Collaboration in Knowledge Creation
The forefront of new information resources has moved beyond the merely digital to include the incorporation of collaborative technologies that allow users to contribute to the creation of the work itself. User-generated contributions range from wikis to tagging to applications such as Flickr. The challenge ahead is to balance user contributions while, creating a trusted repository of knowledge. This session will take a close look at collaborative work such as the Digital Library for Earth System Education and the Encyclopedia of the Earth.
Dr. Cutler Cleveland
|11:15am||1.4 Thirteen Historical Websites and Counting
On Oct. 1, the beginning of the new federal fiscal year, the NOAA Central Library launched its thirteenth website providing full text access to historical weather, fisheries, and oceanographic documents. These documents were created by NOAA’s ancestor agencies: the U.S. Weather Bureau, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and the U.S. Fish Commission. They were digitally imaged at 300 dpi in black and white or in color as necessary. Information is selected from pull-down menus or transparent links by subject. This presentation will focus on online historical weather data and documents from the original U.S. Weather Bureau as well as plans for future digital projects. http://www.lib.noaa.gov/collections/imgdocmaps/index.html
|1:15pm||Session 2: Managing Digital Materials
2.1 Panel on Managing Digital Materials
|3:00pm||2.2 Panel on Managing Digital Materials continued
Discussion and questions period
|3:30pm||Session 3: Tech Tools and Tips
3.1 Tech Tools and Tips
Creating Audio Files
Linda Musser, Moderator
|4:00pm||ASLI Sessions end for the day|
|4:30pm||ASLI’s Choice Book Awards
Presentation at ASLI Booth in Exhibit Hall
|6:00pm||Annual ASLI Dinner
at Sam’s Cafe
Sam’s Cafe, located in the Arizona Center (a short walk from the convention center/across from the Sheraton), features southwestern cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. This year we will have a buffet setting in a semiprivate room so plan on mingling with your colleagues over chips & salsa and choice of three entrees, sides and dessert – plan to sample them all!Estimated price for the dinner is $38/person
(payment details to follow)
Please RSVP to Linda Musser at Lrm4@psu.edu
Thursday, January 15, 2009
|8:15am||Session 4: State of the Library
4.1 The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Library Microclimate: Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine
|8:45am||4.2 The Year in Science as a Marketing Tool for Libraries
National and International celebrations in science can provide useful marketing opportunities for libraries. These can range from short term events, such as Earth Day, to year-long celebrations. One example for 2009 that would be particularly useful for Atmospheric Science libraries is the Coalition on the Understanding of Science’s (COPUS) year-long celebration of 2009 as the Year of Science. COPUS has created themes for each month covering a broad subject range in the sciences. The Earth & Mineral Sciences Library at Penn State is using this celebration to market the library in the following ways. In conjunction with the other science libraries at the University Park Campus we are creating a display for the lobby of the main library for the months of November and December. Each of the science libraries will provide material for displays on topics related to their subject areas. Within the Earth & Mineral Science Library we will be using the monthly themes in our weekly film series and our display at the library’s entrance. The display in the main library will reach all of the students who come through the library are not in the sciences and the film series and displays in our library will give our students a greater understanding of the impact of their fields of study.
Dr. Robert Tolliver
|9:15am||Session 5: AMS Publications Program Updates
5.1 Upcoming Trends in Scholarly and Society Publishing
5.2 Publications Review and Update
|10:15am||5.3 AMS Monographs
Sarah Jane Shangraw
Book and Monograph Editor, AMS
5.4 BAMS Update
5.5 Description and Demo of New BAMS Online, a new Benefit for Individual Members
|11:00am||Session 6: Proquest MGA Update
6.1 ProQuest MGA Update
|1:00pm||Session 7: Vendor and Publisher Updates
7.3 Cambridge University Press
7.4 American Geophysical Union
|3:15pm||ASLI Business Meeting
All conference attendees are encouraged to participate
Present: Anita Colby (Outgoing Chair), Linda Musser (Incoming Chair), Jinny Nathans, Jean Phillips, Amy Butros (Secretary), Brian Voss, Madeleine Needles, Gene Major, Lisa Fish, Chris Sherratt, Eileen Chandhoke, Kari Kozak, Judie Triplehorn, Stephanie Wright, Doria Grimes, Gloria Aversano, Donna Crommer, Bob Tolliver, Maria Latyszewskyj.
Chair Report – Anita Colby
Treasurer’s Report – Brian Voss
Website Report – Brian Voss
Membership Report – Evelyn Poole-Kober
ASLI Choice Report – Maria Latyszewskyj
ASLI Booth – Maria Latyszewskyj
AMS Liaison – Jinny Nathans
MGA Advisory Board – Judie Triplehorn
Susan Tarbell, who was not able to attend, asked Linda to report that her library (Air Force Weather Technical Library) is being phased out and will probably be gone by the end of the year. Concern was expressed by many members hearing about the potential closing of the library. Judie reported that Susan had discouraged any letter writing campaigns, but the Air Force Weather publicity person, who was staffing their booth, thought that letters from ASLI may be of some help to preserve the collection. Judie recommended that ASLI write a letter of support for that collection. Doria mentioned that many of the items in their collection are unique, so a letter of support is the least that we can do. Jean commented that our website had the BAMS article and some letters posted. Discussion on ways to help or support Susan’s library followed. Linda volunteered to draft the official letter from ASLI in support of keeping the collection.
OCLC’s task force on small libraries and WorldCat, asked ASLI for input, since they are becoming aware that their new operation strategy may be a disincentive for smaller libraries to join. Linda will put the information on our listserv.
An idea was proposed to have a joint symposium on history. Gene will be planning the ASLI program for next year. Jinny reported that she was at the history program’s meeting and that they were discussing digitization and preservation. This led to the idea to have a joint session on keeping history, which could be open ended and could be held either during the history session or during our meeting. If anyone is interested in participating they should contact Gene or Jinny. Participants in the joint meeting won’t have to pay the presenter fee ($75).
Members were invited to share any program ideas they had with Gene. Brian commented that he liked having the technical updates, and that it would be good to have them again next year. Gloria suggested inviting the IEDR, non-profit organization that had a booth on our row, to present at our meeting.
Jinny asked for group consensus on having no food at next year’s conference, since it cost around $600 for our refreshments. Discussion followed on having coffee only, or getting sponsors for food, or nothing at all. Decision was to defer to Gene to look into logistics and food costs, etc. for next year’s meeting.
Jinny commented on the MGA presentations that brought up peer reviewed literature and the MGA community, and mentioned that it would be appropriate for us to issue a policy statement on the different grades of literature, even if that was more of a definition of types of literature. She stated that Keith would be willing to write a column as a follow up to his presentation. Stephanie thought this would be a great idea, but asked who would we be trying to reach, would students be our main target? Jinny responded that this could be an opportunity to get the word out, and have it on our website. Madeleine stated that we would reach not just students but the general public, because BAMS does get read by many. Linda commented that there were 2 different issues here, the focus on types of literature, like grey literature, and the concern about our students not being able to determine quality information from bad information. It would be good to have ASLI describe the types of good information, but we need to be careful of what we put our stamp on, and not to insult institutions who put out the grey literature. We should discuss what is legitimate and what is not before going on record with our opinion. Linda asked for more focus to determine which direction to go and to narrow this down to have a clearer vision of what we want to do.
Jinny brought up Gerry’s proposal of the MGA Community, and how he is anxious and motivated to do this, and ProQuest wants to be the first one to do this and they feel that we are good candidates to be involved with this. Gerry asked Jinny to bring this up and see if anyone wants to be involved with this committee. Judie, Chris, and Gene volunteered, and there will also be a call for volunteers put out on our listserv. Identifying the seminal pre-prints for this MGA Community and the forum for this identification process could all be on the MGA Community.
Recognition of Outgoing Officers:
Linda recognized and thanked Jean and Brian for their effort and work. Special thanks to Doria Grimes for helping organize meetings, and phone conferences. Linda also thanked Anita for her help and support, and for preparing the Elsevier project application.
Election of 2009 ASLI Executive Board and Officers:
Linda asked if there were any nominations from the floor, there were none. Members present all voted in favor of Gene Major for Chair-Elect and Gloria Aversano for Treasurer.
Maria thanked Linda for this year’s great program, and presented her with a gift amidst warm applause.
Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
|4:00pm||ASLI Sessions end for the day|
|4:30pm||ASLI Executive Board meeting|
Friday, January 15, 2009
|8:30am-4:30pm||Annual ASLI Field Trip
The field trip will include tours of:
Salt River Project Library – SRP is the nation’s third-largest public power utility and one of Arizona’s largest water suppliers.
Dial Corporation Library – tour of the new library facility and innovation center
Frank Lloyd Wright Library at Taliesin West (Scottsdale)
The cost of the field trip will be $60 ($50 – transportation, $10 – Taliesin entrance) not including lunch.
Please join us by making a reservation with Judie Triplehorn at email@example.com or