2010 Conference Program

13th Annual Atmospheric Science Librarians International Conference
Atlanta, GA January 20-22, 2010
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“Integrating Weather, Climate and Social Studies: Challenges and Opportunities for Librarians”

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Student Pre-Conference Career Fair

5:30pm-7:30pm On the evening of Saturday, January 16, the Career Fair will open with a reception for the over 300 graduate students and junior and senior undergraduate students expected to attend the 9th Annual AMS Student Conference. ASLI will be sharing a table with ProQuest and providing information on Atmospheric Science Librarianship, MGA, and AtmosPeer. The reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Monday, January 18, 2010
Joint Sessions

1:30pm-2:30pm Joint Session 8 – Meteorological and Environmental Satellite Observations. From 50 Years Ago…(I)
(Joint between the Meteorological and Environmental Satellite Observing Systems: From 50 Years Ahead, the Eighth Presidential History Symposium, and the 13th Conference of the Atmospheric Science Librarians International)
Co chairs: Dr. Sepideh Yalda, Millersville Univ., Millersville, PA;
Philip E. Ardanuy, Raytheon Information Solutions, Reston, VAJ8.1 Meteorological and Environmental Satellite Observing Systems: From 50 Years Ago… Introduction
Philip E. Ardanuy, J. Phillips, and S. Yalda
Recorded presentation

J8.2 Satellite Atmospheric Sounding Experiments—An Evolution Beginning with Nimbus-3
William Smith, Sr.
Recorded presentationJ8.3 The Beginnings of Satellite Meteorology 50 Years Ago
W. Paul Menzel, J. Phillips, and L. Avila

2:30pm Formal Poster Viewing with Coffee Break
4:00pm Joint Session 9. Meteorological and Environmental Satellite Observations. From 50 Years Ago…II
(Joint between the Meteorological and Environmental Satellite Observing Systems: From 50 Years Ahead, the Eighth Presidential History Symposium, and the 13th Conference of the Atmospheric Science Librarians International)
Co chairs: Jean Phillips, Librarian, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Christopher S. Velden, CIMSS/Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

J9.1 The World According to GARP: Construction of a Global Meteorology, 1960–1980
Erik M. Conway
Recorded presentationJ9.2 50 Years of Satellite Observations of Weather and Climate; Some Lessons Learned
Thomas H. Vonder Haar
Recorded presentation

J9.3 The Evolution of the European Operational Meteorological Satellite Programmes and the Advancement of Applications
Johannes Schmetz
Recorded presentation

J9.4 NOAA’s Environmental Satellite Program: Past, Present, and Future
Gary K. Davis
Recorded presentation

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Free Workshop

8:30am-3:30pm Atmospheric Science 101: Update Your Library Skills
At the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303ASLI is sponsoring a free day-long workshop on information sources for everyone working on atmospheric science and climate change topics.  There will be a drawing for a year’s membership to Atmospheric Science Librarians International. Reservations for the workshop should be made by January 8, 2010.  If you have questions, please contact echandho@gmu.edu or kari-kozak@uiowa.edu

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
ASLI program and ASLI dinner

8:00am Registration
8:30am Welcome Address and Introductions
Linda Musser
Chair, Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI)
Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
8:45am Session 1: Tech Tools & Tips Panel
Moderator: Linda Musser
This session will feature short presentations on the latest technology tools and tips as well as highlights of new collections.
World Cat lists
Linda Musser, Librarian, Penn State University
Recorded presentation
Time & Chaos
Amy Butros, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library
Recorded presentation
The David Johnson Collection
Doria Grimes, Contractor, NOAA Central Library (Retired)
Recorded presentation
The Verner Suomi Collection
Jean Phillips, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
10:00am Break and Formal Poster Viewing
10:30am Session 2: Weather and Society

2.1 Keynote Address:
There’s a Hurricane in My Library!

Recorded presentation
Digital media is growing faster than Chinese Bamboo in its 5th year. Dave will discuss some new technologies that can transform the library into a real digital media resource that reaches out to people for enhanced learning opportunities and world-wide collaboration.

Dave Jones
Founder, President & CEO
Stormcenter Communications, Inc.
Catonsville, MD

11:30am 2.2 Weather support to the space program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center
Recorded presentation
Weather is the leading source of scrubs and delays to space launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center in central Florida, in ‘Lightning Alley’ of the U.S. Some of the weather impacts on space launch are obvious, such as lightning, thunderstorm winds, and hurricanes. Many weather impacts are not so obvious, such as rocket triggered lightning, cold temperatures, and low altitude winds. The 45th Weather Squadron is the Air Force organization that provides weather support to these facilities. This presentation will review the stringent weather requirements of the space program in Florida and how 45th Weather Squadron supports this exciting mission.Bill Roeder
Meteorologist, 45th Weather Squadron
Patrick AFB, FL
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Session 3/Joint Session 7: Joint Session with ASLI/History Symposium
(Joint between the Eighth Presidential History Symposium and the 13th Conference of Atmospheric Science Librarians International)3.1 (J7.1) It Was An Uncommonly Hot Summer: Using Weather Observations in Historical Novels and Films
Recorded presentation
The Library of Congress receives requests from authors and film-makers for weather observations that will assist them in accurately setting a scene and bringing historical context to a story. Some of these questions can be easily answered with the use of modern climatological data and summaries. On the other hand, some requests can be challenging, especially requests for those times and locations of which no data sets exist. This presentation will share how a science reference librarian at the Library of Congress identifies historical weather observations using the Library of Congress collections of manuscripts, books, newspapers, and digital resources.Jen Harbster, Digital Reference Specialist
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.
1:45pm 3.2 (J7.2) Georgia’s Incredible Tornado History in Maps and Photographs
Recorded presentation
Gainesville is a city of approximately 35,000 residents located in Hall County in northeastern Georgia. While Georgia is typically not included in the traditional portrayal of “Tornado Alley,” its history with tornadoes is quite remarkable and not well known. Gainesville is where both the 5th and 16th deadliest single tornadoes in U.S. history occurred as well as the most tornado fatalities in a single building. These two events as well as a few more recent strong tornado events will be analyzed. The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate just how amazing the tornado history of this town is, and to document some of the important events using GIS technology to reconstruct tornado paths and historical photographs from existing archives to display the aftermath of these disasters. This presentation uses existing digital archives from the Digital Library of Georgia and other online resources for photograph documentation of the disasters. Spatial information from historical accounts of the events provides the data for mapping the tornado paths. Finally, NCEP Reanalysis data from the dates of the tornado disasters reveals the conditions that can produce tornadic thunderstorms in northeast Georgia.Dr. Jamie D. Mitchem
Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Gainesville State College
Gainesville, GA
2:15pm 3.3 (J7.3) NOAA’s Climate Database Modernization Program – A Decade of Data Rescue and Modernization Activities
Recorded presentation
The Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP) supports NOAA’s mission to collect, integrate, assimilate and effectively manage Earth observations on a global scale, ranging from atmospheric, weather, and climate observations to oceanic, coastal, and marine life observations. Many of NOAA’s holdings were originally recorded on paper, film, and other fragile media, and stored at various facilities. CDMP’s mission includes transforming these older observations to a more useful friendly and accessible digital media, which will help meet the predicted demand for additional scientific baseline observations. Many significant decisions on future energy use, climate and infrastructure issues will depend on the accuracy and availability of this data for predictive modeling. Millions of pieces of data are still waiting to be digitized, the scientific community depends on the on-going work of CDMP to ensure that the hard-earned, irreplaceable research is protected, preserved and made available on-line. CDMP partners with four private sector contractors and has placed online over 53 million weather and environmental images, available to researchers around the world via the Internet. The amount of data online has grown from 1.75 terabytes in 2001 to over 11 terabytes in 2009. This presentation will highlight various NOAA national and international data rescue projects under the CDMP program.Thomas F. Ross
NOAA/NESDIS/National Climatic Data Center
Asheville, NC
2:30pm Break and Formal Poster Viewing
4:00pm Session 4: Information Resources and Knowledge Collaboration

4.1 Out of the Basement: Bringing to Light Hidden Collections at the NCAR Archives
In 2009, both the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) issued a call for Archives and Special Collections departments to address the problem of backlogs and hidden collections that are virtually unknown and inaccessible to patrons and scholars with the ultimate goal of improving access to such collections. Archives and library staff are implementing open source collections management software to provide access to our hidden collections, many of which document significant advances in the atmospheric sciences. Coupled with the More Product Less Processing (MPLP) strategies developed by Mark Greene and Dennis Meissner, the NCAR Archives is working to provide transparency to its archival holdings, both processed and unprocessed, via the Web. By providing unprecedented access to the majority of NCAR’s archival collections, user demand for materials will inform collections processing priorities and resource allocation for detailed processing, an approach that focuses on the needs of our users. In addition, the NCAR Archives is revealing hidden collections through online exhibits that highlight the work of groundbreaking NCAR scientists by digitizing and displaying archival materials documenting their work and contributions to the field.

Kate Legg, Archivist
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Boulder, CO

4:15pm 4.2 A Madrigal for Data
Recorded presentation
As concern about climate in the 21st century increases, research into the interaction between the upper and lower atmosphere becomes more important in improving the predictive capabilities of atmospheric scientists. To this end, the shared use of data and the free availability of these resources continue to be of tremendous importance to this scientific community. Madrigal is an upper atmospheric science database used by groups throughout the world that meets this need by providing a depository for data and using an open access policy in its management. Madrigal is a robust, web-based system capable of managing archival and real-time data, in a variety of formats, from a wide range of upper atmospheric science instruments. While each site controls its own Madrigal installation and data, the Madrigal project defines standard metadata that all Madrigal sites share, making it possible for each Madrigal site to know about all the experiments on all the other sites. This presentation will provide information about the Madrigal system and how it can be used at no cost by scientists around the world.Madeleine Needles, Librarian
Haystack Observatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Westford, MA
4:30pm 4.3 Rethinking Collection Development in Disaster Mental Health: An ‘All Hazards’ Model
The connection between weather and mental health is bound up in acute and long-term care and treatment of suddenly vulnerable populations, whether they are in-place survivors, displaced persons, or refugees. The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) Research Library/ University of South Florida Library System has undertaken a collection focus on disaster mental health. We re-examined the traditional models of collection development and chosen instead to frame our collection development initiative around an ‘all hazards’ model, that allows us to proceed within both a national and international framework. The scope of this collection includes titles pertaining to the nature, causes, prevention, mitigation of and response to different types of disaster threats, with a particular focus on their psychosocial aspects.Ardis Hanson, Librarian
The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) Research Library
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
4:45pm ASLI Sessions end for the day
4:45pm ASLI’s Choice Book Awards
Presentation at ASLI Booth in Exhibit Hall
6:30pm Annual ASLI Dinner
at Max Lager’s Wood Fired Grill & Brewery
Max Lager’s is Georgia’s oldest independent brewery restaurant. It was a recent Diner’s Choice Winner (2009) from OpenTable.com. We will have a choice of 6 entrees (including seafood and vegetarian) from their group menu, which also includes an appetizer sampler, salads, and dessert. Wines and beer are on your own, but their unique distinctive brews may be hard to pass up!Max Lager’s is at the corner of Peachtree and West Peachtree, 1 block North of the Hyatt Regency.Estimated price for the dinner is $39.95/person
(payment details to follow)
Please RSVP to Gene Major at: Eugene.R.Major@nasa.gov

Thursday, January 21, 2010
ASLI program, vendor updates, business meeting

8:00am Registration
8:15am Session 5: Panel Discussion 2: Data Curation: Do you know where your data is?
Moderator: Mike Wright
Recorded presentation
This session will feature short presentations on the role of data and data citation in the publishing industry. Scientists are increasingly requesting access to data used in the publication of articles and authors are particularly interested in citing their data. This session will feature representatives from the major meteorological publishing industry and information professionals on the front lines of requests for this type of access.
Jon Sears Recorded presentation
Publications, American Geophysical Union
Linda Musser
Librarian, Penn State University
Steve Worley Recorded presentation
NCAR, Boulder, CO
9:15am Session 6: The Open Access Movement: Background and Outlook
Recorded presentation
The Open Access (OA) movement is a fast-growing, international effort by libraries, academic institutions, and scholarly communities to provide free, online access to research and other scholarly materials. The movement has arisen in response to the rapid evolution of online communication technologies and the related acceleration of the pace of scientific discourse, as well as to recent increases in journal subscription prices.Jamaica Jones, Special Projects Librarian
NCAR, Boulder, CO
10:15am Session 7: Updates

7.1 AMS Publishing Review of 2009
Ken Heideman, Director of Publications
AMS, Boston, MA

11:00am 7.2 ProQuest Update: New Features (MGA) and Products (AtmosPeer)
Recorded presentation
Chris Readinger, Editor
MGA, ProQuest
Gerry Sawchuk, Publisher
Natural Sciences, ProQuest
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Session 8: Vendor Updates Continued

8.1 AGU Update
Recorded presentation
Karine Blaufuss
Marketing and Membership Group Manager, AGU

2:15pm 8.2 Wiley-Blackwell Update
Recorded presentation
Fiona Murphy, Wiley Blackwell
3:00pm Break
3:30pm ASLI Business Meeting
4:15pm ASLI Sessions end for the day
4:30pm ASLI Executive Board meeting

Friday, January 22, 2010
Annual ASLI Field Trip

8:30am-4:30pm Annual ASLI Field Trip
The field trip will include tours of:
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Georgia Tech Information Commons
…and one other TBDThe cost of the field trip will be approximately $50 not including lunch. Transportation arrangements are TBD
Please join us by making a reservation with Judie Triplehorn at gilibrary@gi.alaska.edu.