2016 Call for papers

The Call for Papers for ASLI 2016 in New Orleans is Open!

The 19th Atmospheric Science Librarians International Conference will be held January 13th to 14th, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana, as part of the 96th American Meteorological Society Meeting, which will be held January 10th to 14th, 2016.

Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site in late-September 2015.

The theme for the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting is “Earth System Science in Service to Society”. With this theme, the AMS is emphasizing academic and research strength, and also connecting that research to the benefits that society gains from their science. As librarians and information professionals we know the importance and benefits of outreach to our primary clientele, the communities we serve, and in many cases the general public. Our library services and resources would be underutilized if we did not routinely and consistently promote them to our communities, and we also need to constantly strategize and plan for evolving services & resources, such as digitization projects, research data curation services, delivering reference and instruction in new ways, and collecting feedback from our users to improve our services and resources. ASLI needs to remain strong by employing outreach strategies to recruit new members, keeping current members engaged, and responding to members’ needs through surveys and discussions. ASLI invites papers addressing any of the above topics.

ASLI will again join the Environmental Information Processing Technologies (EIPT) group in planning & hosting a joint program on Data Stewardship. The joint session title is: Data Stewardship: Increasing Connectivity, Discoverability, and Usability. For more information please see the joint session description below.

A very useful and popular part of our program has been the “Technology Tools and Tips” session, this can be any tool or innovation you are using, and if you can describe your experiences with the technology in around 3-5 minutes, we would love to hear from you.

Talks on technology failures and lessons learned from experience are especially welcome, as are proposals from students using innovative strategies around information.

Please contact the ASLI program chairperson, Amy Butros (abutros@ucsd.edu) if you would like to propose a session topic for this conference.

Please submit your paper proposals electronically to the ASLI Chair-Elect by August 20, 2015:            Amy Butros (abutros@ucsd.edu)

If you have any questions, please call Amy at: (858) 822-3074

Submissions should include full contact information, a title, and a brief abstract of less than 250 words. In most cases presentations are 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by late-September 2015. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the Web. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS Web site.  Authors have the option to submit manuscripts (up to 10 MB) electronically by 12 February 2016.  All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost.

For additional information please contact the ASLI program chairperson: Amy Butros.


Joint session at the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting between the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) and the Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technology (EIPT)

TITLE – Data Stewardship: Increasing Connectivity, Discoverability, and Usability

The open availability and wide accessibility of scientific articles, data sets, and other digital resources is becoming the norm for 21st century science. Growing numbers of repositories of scientific resources enable researchers to discover, understand, and build upon previous work at greater scales than was previously possible. A key challenge for the data stewardship community, however, is the current siloing of resources within unconnected repositories. Many interrelationships exist between research articles, data, software, and other services that are held in different repositories or systems. Building a more interconnected web of repositories would increase public access to geosciences information and data. It would increase the visibility of data and information across the geosciences, thereby increasing the discoverability and utility of data through explicitly linking data to important documentation and associated tools and services.

The data stewardship community is working toward a long term vision where researchers can easily deposit resources in relevant repositories, and links between repositories can be created routinely.

This session calls for submissions that present current work on any aspect of this vision, including tools/processes for: exchanging information across repositories, building connections between related resources (e.g. data, software, services, etc.), measuring the impact that data sets or repositories have within their user communities, among other topics. Submissions may focus on technical, policy, or organizational developments, and are welcomed for work based within data centers, libraries, and scientific research/development organizations.

For more information or questions, please contact Matt Mayernik: mayernik@ucar.edu