2011 Conference Program

14th Annual Atmospheric Science Librarians International Conference
Seattle, WA  January 26-28, 2011
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“Communicating Weather and Climate: Making the Most of the Information”

Conference registration information
Conference program and recorded presentations at the AMS website

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Student Pre-Conference Reception, Career Fair and Treasure Hunt

5:30pm-7:30pm On the evening of Saturday, January 22, the Career Fair will open with a reception for the over 300 graduate students and junior and senior undergraduate students expected to attend the 10th Annual AMS Student Conference. ASLI will be providing information on Atmospheric Science Librarianship. The reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Read the AMS Blog report on a tremendously successful Weather Quest event!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
AMS Sessions

8:30am – Data Stewardship:
Sessions 3B, 4B, 5, 6B of the 27th Conference on Interactive Information Processing Systems (IIPS)
Schedule, abstracts and recorded presentations

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ASLI program (Room 304) and dinner

8:00am On site Registration
8:30am Welcome Address and Introductions
Gene Major
Chair, Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI)
Program Manager, Library Associates
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD
8:45am Panel 1: Tech Tools & Tips Panel
Moderator: Gene Major
Recorded presentations
This session will feature short presentations on the latest technology tools and tips as well as highlights of new collections.Best resources for communication skills for scientists
David M. Schultz, Univ. of Helsinki/FMI, Helsinki, Finland
Anita Colby
PollEverywhere and Animoto
Linda Musser
9:45am Session 1: Information Resources
Moderator: Anita Colby
Recorded presentation1.1: Everyday Mysteries: Why is it hot in the summer and cold in the winter?
Reference librarians are still on the front lines when it comes to helping the public find information. At the same time, we encourage information literacy and critical thinking skills. Back in 2002 the Library of Congress Science Reference Section launched a new website, Everyday Mysteries, directed at the scientifically curious K-12 students and the general public. The Everyday Mysteries website is dedicated to providing answers to frequently asked questions that more or less pertain to everyday phenomena and can be explained scientifically. The site is a fun and educational way to communicate scientific topics to the public, while highlighting resources at the Library or on the Web. Many of the questions we investigate are related to meteorology and climatology. This session will provide a general discussion of the workings behind the Everyday Mysteries website using examples of the weather and climate topics found on it.Jennifer Harbster, Digital Reference Specialist
Science, Technology, and Business Division
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.
10:00am Break and Formal Poster Viewing
10:30am Session 2: Studying and Communicating Weather and Climate
Moderator: Kari Kozak
Recorded presentations2.1: Use of Climate Science for Decision-Making
“The future isn’t what it used to be.” “Stationarity is dead”. What is “normal” weather? Current national standards for designing and constructing buildings and roadways require use of past climate data for ensuring robust functioning in future climate conditions. Buildings and roadways are designed to function well in the past, but not necessarily 50 years into the future. Dams, levees, culverts under roadways were designed for precipitation and streamflow conditions that no longer exist. Reduced snowfall and earlier snowmelt due to warmer temperatures create risk-management challenges to managers of large reservoirs supplying urban and agricultural water throughout the western US. Future scenario climate information is available for providing guidance on the range of future conditions that will impact critical national infrastructure. This presentation will describe some early examples of how climate science is being used to supply quantitative data, complete with assessment of uncertainty, for managing the unavoidable consequences of climate change.Eugene S. Takle, Director, Climate Science Program
Professor of Atmospheric Science,
Professor of Agricultural Meteorology
Iowa State University
Ames, IA

2.2: VORTEX2: Inside the tornado research project
The Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2009-2010 is the largest field research project in history to learn more about how, when, why and where tornadoes form. The two-year data collection phase ended in June, 2010. An overview of the project, field operations, and research goals will be presented.Susan Cobb, Meteorologist and Science Writer
NOAA National Severe Storms Lab
sponsored by CIMMS
Norman, OK

11:30am Session 3: Communicating Science History
Moderator: Brian Voss
Recorded presentation3.1: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines: Celebrating the Centennial of the 1910 Harvard Boston Aero Meet
September, 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of the Harvard-Boston Aero Meet, an event which brought over 500,000 people to an air field in what is now Quincy, Massachusetts, on Boston Harbor to cheer on the glamorous and courageous fliers who performed seemingly impossible feats of derring-do over land and sea. Sponsored by the Harvard Aeronautical Society, whose president was Abbott Lawrence Rotch, Harvard’s first professor of meteorology and founder and director of Blue Hill Meteorology Observatory, and the Boston Globe, international competitors vied for prize money up to $10,000 for separate events from speed racing to “bombing” ground targets. In addition, there were dirigible and kite demonstrations, including the first manned kite flight. All America was enthralled by the idea of being in the air and the 10-day event drew aviation and other luminaries, including President William Howard Taft and Boston Mayor “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald. Attending the Aero Meet inspired Harriet Quimby, to become America’s first licensed female pilot and also the first woman to fly across the English Channel. This talk will chronicle the 10-day event, which was a milestone in early aviation.Jinny Nathans, AMS Librarian and Archivist
American Meteorological Society
Boston, MA
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Session 4: The Written Process from Publishing to Allowing Access
Moderator: Lisa Fish
Recorded presentations4.1: How to Publish a Scientific Paper: Reflections on Being a Journal Editor
Librarians often work closely with authors on their research to help them write a better paper with more complete reference lists. The next person who works with the author is the editor at the journal. But, what does an editor do? What steps are required to publish a scientific paper? How frequently do such papers get rejected? The Chief Editor of Monthly Weather Review answers these questions and tells stories about the things that can go wrong on the way to publication.David M. Schultz, Chief Editor, Monthly Weather Review
Centre for Atmospheric Science School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
The University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom
2:00pm 4.2: Blazing a TRAIL: Digitizing and Preserving Legacy U.S. Government Technical Reports
Some of the most underutilized materials in academic libraries are older U.S. government agency technical reports. In most libraries, these reports suffer from some combination of: no or only series level cataloging, resulting in little access to the individual report; limited/partial holdings of many series; little database indexing, outside of NTIS; and format issues (availability only in microfiche, or even microcard, and many print reports suffer from poor quality paper and printing). The Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL) is preserving and creating greater access to these reports. Print copies of report series are being gathered for digitization from partners nationwide and print archival collections are being identified. Metadata/Cataloging records are being produced for each report in each series and supplied to OCLC, which will make record collection sets available for libraries to load into local catalogs. All digitized reports are being made openly accessible and searchable via a single interface, at www.technicalreports.org. The TRAIL project will be described and screen shots of the interface, sample search results, and scanned documents will be presented, and opportunities for involvement of others in extending/enhancing the project will be described.Mel DeSart, Head, Engineering Library
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
2:15pm 4.3: OpenSky: Open Access to groundbreaking research in the atmospheric and geosciences
This year, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research launched OpenSky, the open access institutional repository containing scholarly, peer-reviewed research, grey literature, technical notes, and other resources documenting the institution’s scientific legacy and contribution to the broader community. Offering timely, free access to works written and/or published by NCAR scientists and UCAR staff, OpenSky answers the decades-long call made by UCAR’s international community to gain access to NCAR research. In September 2010, OpenSky launched with over 2,300 full text resources. Among its opening collections are over 100 of the most cited articles published by NCAR scientists in AMS journals – a collection made possible by a unique partnership brokered between the NCAR Library and the publishing staff of the AMS. OpenSky will continue to grow over the years, showcasing and providing UCAR’s international community as well as researchers, scientists, educators, and students worldwide – with expedient access to the groundbreaking research conducted at NCAR.Jamaica Jones, Special Projects Librarian
National Center For Atmospheric Research (NCAR), And the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Boulder, CO
2:30pm Break and Formal Poster Viewing
4:00pm Session 5: Information Discoveries and Adventures
Moderator: Jamaica Jones
Recorded presentations5.1: Touch and Tech: Communication Essentials at the Weather Center Library, Norman, OK
When the National Weather Center opened four years ago, it brought together under one roof over thirteen federal, state and University of Oklahoma weather and climate programs with varying emphases on teaching, research, service and outreach. The new library, funded by all NWC programs, has worked with a combination of touch and tech to help serve the needs of all of these entities. This presentation highlights some of the ways in which this very small library supports the goals of increasing communication among researchers, students and staff within the NWC and sharing weather and climate information and resources with people outside of the NWC. Partnerships with other libraries and groups will be discussed as well as the findings of a recent study by OCLC that emphasizes the importance of both technology and human contact in working with researchers.Ginny Dietrich, Librarian
National Weather Center Library
Norman, OK
4:15pm 5.2: The NASA Goddard Library TIROS-1 Photographic Atlas Collection of Weather Photos from Space and the “First” Weather Image
TIROS 1, the Television Infra-Red Observation Satellite, was launched 50 years ago on April 1, 1960 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was the first satellite designed to observe clouds from space and is the precursor to dozens of meteorological operational and research satellites. TIROS only lasted 3 months, but it made 1,392 orbits and took nearly 23,000 pictures. The NASA Goddard Library has a rare and unique collection of 26 bound volumes of TIROS 1 photography prepared by the Navy in 1961 specifically for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This talk will highlight the collection, attempts contemplated to preserve it, and revelations that the “first” image from TIROS, widely distributed around the internet (and even by NOAA and NASA), was not the first photo, nor even taken on the first day of operations!Gene R. Major
Program Manager, Library Associates
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
4:30pm ASLI Sessions end for the day
4:45pm ASLI’s Choice Book Awards
Presentation at ASLI Booth (#121) in Exhibit Hall
Read the AMS Blog report on this year’s awards and winners.
6:30pm Annual ASLI Dinner
6:30 pm at Il Fornaio
Estimated price for the dinner is $56/person
Please RSVP to Kari Kozak at: kari-kozak@uiowa.edu

Thursday, January 27, 2011
ASLI program, vendor updates, business meeting (Room 304)

8:00am One day on-site Registration
8:30am Panel 2: Open Access Panel
Moderator: Mary Marlino
A panel discussing the current issues and possibilities for researchers and publishers in the open access publishing environment.
Panelists: Keith Seitter, AMS; Salvatore Mele, CERN
Keith Seitter’s recorded presentation
Slides from Open Access at CERN (38MB pdf)
9:45am Formal Poster Viewing and Coffee Break
11:00am Session 6: Vendor Updates
Moderator: Maria Latyszewskyj
Recorded presentationsAMS Publishing Review of 2010
Ken Heideman, Director of Publications; and
Sarah Jane ShangrawProQuest/MGA
Adam Arnold


April Orr
12:00pm Lunch and ASLI Business Meeting
1:30pm Session 7: Vendor Updates Continued
Moderator: Maria Latyszewskyj
Recorded presentationsCambridge University Press
Dr. Matt LloydSpringer
Dr. Robert DoeWiley Blackwell
Fiona Murphy
2:30pm Panel 3: eBooks panel with publishers
Moderator: Jinny Nathans
: Kari Kozak
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Themed Joint Session 9: Special Data Stewardship Session: Publishing and Sharing Data
Recorded presentations
Location: 607 (Washington State Convention Center)
Sponsors: (Joint between the 27th Conference on Interactive Information Processing Systems (IIPS); the Special Symposium on Advances in Modeling and Analysis Using Python; and the 14th Conference of Atmospheric Science Librarians International)
Co chairs: Mark R. Anderson, University of Nebraska; Nazila Merati, PMEL and JISAOJ9.1: Bad Scans in archived passive microwave brightness temperatures, an example of why data citation should take place
Mark R. Anderson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NEJ9.2: MeaSURES Program Data Ingest Process at the NSIDC
Ronald L. S. Weaver, University of Colorado , Boulder, CO; and R. Duerr, A. Leon, D. Miller, D. J. Scott, and L. BookerJ9.3: An automated system for processing the Multi-Year Reanalysis Of Remotely-Sensed Storms (MYRORSS)
John L. Cintineo, CIMMS/Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and T. Smith, V. Lakshmanan, and S. Ansari

J9.4: GRIB2 templates and its usage at NCEP
V. Krishna Kumar, NOAA/NWS/NCEP, Camp Springs, MD MD; and B. Vuong and J. Wang

J9.5: An introduction to the NOAA/CO-OPS coastal meteorological network
Kathleen Egan, NOAA/NOS, Silver Spring, MD; and E. B. Roggenstein

J9.6: Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS): Data preservation activities
Robert Rank, NOAA/NESDIS, Suitland, MD; and S. McCormick and C. Cremidis

5:00pm ASLI Sessions end for the day

Friday, January 28, 2011
Annual ASLI Field Trip

8:30am-4:00pm Annual ASLI Field Trip
The field trip will include tours of:
the Seattle Public Library, NOAA Library and the (not yet confirmed) library. The Seattle library has been written up in a number of library journals for its innovative architecture and operations.The fee will be $30-35 dollars for transportation. There will be a no host lunch.
Please join us by making a reservation with Judie Triplehorn at jtriplehorn@gi.alaska.edu or (907) 474-2636 .