November 6, 2008

Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future, October 2008

.: Proceedings of the Association of Research Libraries' 2008 Fall Forum, Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future, October 2008. are now available online.

June 1, 2007

SLA in Denver

.: I will be in Denver from Saturday 02 June until Thursday 07 June, attending the SLA Conference. Hope to see you there!

October 18, 2006

Open Web Conference: "Working outside of the box" - A joint presentation of the SLA Chemistry, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics, and Sci-Tech Divisions

.: The web conference, "Working outside of the box" - A joint presentation of the SLA Chemistry, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics, and Sci-Tech Divisions, is now online and open to anyone who might like to participate. Registration is free. From the announcement on PAMNET:

ANNOUNCEMENT: We have registrants from all over the world. Are you one of them? If not, please consider attending the following web conference, held from October 10 - 22, 2006

Title: "Working outside of the box: Science and Technology academic and corporate librarians interacting with non-traditional user groups, materials, spaces, and resources"; sponsored by the Chemistry, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics, and Sci-Tech divisions of SLA


Dates: October 10 - 22, 2006

Registration: free

Format: asynchronous discussion, open 24 hours a day

February 3, 2006

OLA Superconference

.: I am in Toronto attending and presenting at the OLA Superconference. My presentation is tomorrow morning at 0905 hrs (sleepy time on Saturday morning!), and is about marketing the academic library from the engineering perspective. Here's a link to the presentation, minus two short videos that will be included tomorrow. One highlight has been finally meeting the delightful and charming Amanda Etches-Johnson, who is also blogging the conference.

December 9, 2005

Update On Engineering Information Sources - Roddy MacLeod

.: Roddy MacLeod presented a session on engineering info resources recently at Online Information 2005 in London. The slides from his presentation, Update on Engineering Information Resources, are available, along with a complete list of resources cited within. Roddy covers news resources, blogs, newsletters, and the latest developments from the major engineering db producers, and publishers of important engineering titles.

December 1, 2005

NetSpeed 2005 Presentations Available

.: NetSpeed 2005 was held in Edmonton, Alberta, from 19-21 October 2005. Each NetSpeed conference focuses on the newest technological developments in the library world. The presentations from the 2005 conference are now available at the conference website.

November 7, 2005

Access 2005 Audio Presentations Now Available

.: Audio files of the presentations from the recent Access 2005 conference, held in Edmonton, Alberta, from 17-19 October 2005, are now available for downloading. Featured speakers included the following:

July 28, 2005

STS Poster Handouts and Presentations from Chicago ALA Now Available

:: From a post by Paul G St-Pierre on STS-L this morning (which for some reason, doesn't appear on the Archives of STS-L web site, as the July postings aren't available there):

PowerPoint presentations from the STS program in Chicago, and some supplementary materials from the poster session, are now mounted on the STS website. They can be accessed from here.

June 24, 2005

Access 2005 Conference - Edmonton AB, 17-19 October 2005

:: The Access 2005 conference will be taking place in Edmonton, Alberta, October 17th - 19th, 2005. A number of my colleagues at the University of Alberta are members of the planning committee of the forthcoming Access 2005 conference, and on their behalf, I would encourage you to consider attending this event. The Access conference is the preeminent Canadian library technology conference and typically attracts librarians and information technology professionals from all over Canada, and in recent years the United States and even Europe.

Keynote speakers this year include:

Canada’s Choice: Copyright, Culture and the Internet – Dr. Michael Geist: Dr. Geist is the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. He is also a frequent contributor to the CBC, Toronto Star and Slashdot on issues of digital copyright, free culture, internet privacy, and file sharing. He has a must read blog at:

The Library and the Network – Lorcan Dempsey: Lorcan Dempsey is VP of Research for OCLC. He oversees the work of OCLC Research and participates in OCLC's Strategic Leadership Team. Lorcan was named OCLC Chief Strategist in March 2004. He also has a must read blog at:

Cliff’s Notes, 2005 – Clifford Lynch: Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Cliff is too busy to have a blog :)

Other session highlights include:


A Radioactive Metadata Record Approach for Interoperability Testing Based on Analysis of Metadata Utilization
Dr. William E. Moen

Sorting Out Social Classification: Folksonomies and Tagging In Practice.
Gene Smith

Introduction to METS
Jerome Mcdonough

Management and Assessment

Planning for Assessment in Library Information Technology Services
Frank Cervone

Collaboration Management
Catherine Steeves

library2vendor: Open Source Development at SFU Library
Mark Jordan

Application Development

Have a Martini with that Olive: An Open Source Alternative for Publishing Olive XML.
Mark Leggott and Bess Sadler

(Grease)Monkeywrenching the Library: utilizing the sloppy underbelly of the web to expose our collections and services.
Ross Singer

Breaking out of the Box: Creating Customized Metasearch Services using an XML API
Roy Tennant

Open Source OPAC Clients - Obsolete PC’s as Thin Client OPAC’s
Rich McCue

As we may link: Building Memex with XML pipelines
Art Rhyno and Peter Binkley

Digital Librarianship

Digital Library Dialtone: Bootstrapping with Service Registries and Autodiscovery
Daniel Chudnov and Jeremy Frumkin

Bridging Worlds: Library IT and Free Software
Bruce D’Arcus

Visual Arrangement of Content in Rich-Prospect Browsing Interfaces
Dr. Stan Ruecker

And more sessions still to come. Don’t forget that the Access conference is a one stream conference.

Please do consider attending this conference. Look for registration to open by mid July 2005. The conference will cost $280 plus GST. More information can be found on our web site:

Feel free to contact any member of the planning committee if you have questions (their contact information is available on the Access 2005 homepage.)

June 18, 2005

Reports from the Canadian Library Association Conference

:: I've been attending and participating in the annual CLA Conference in Calgary. I've been contributing to the CLA Conference Blog as well, and reported on the following two sessions.

I was a participant on a panel on blogging with Steven Cohen, Aaron Schmidt, and Darlene Fichter, which was quite successful and was well attended. I attended an interview-format session, featuring Ken Roberts, Chief Librarian of Hamilton Public Library, interviewing Clifford Lynch on technology issues facing libraries today.

June 15, 2005

CLA in Calgary

:: I will be in Calgary for the next three days attending the annual Canadian Library Association Conference. Check out the CLA Calgary Conference blog.

April 27, 2005

Alberta Library Conference

:: Geoff, Kenton, lighthouse thinker Stephen, Lawrence, and I are off to Jasper tomorrow to attend the Alberta Library Conference. No, we're not all travelling together! I'm driving Stephen to the conference tomorrow, and Mr Lessig is being driven by another colleague. So, there may be a break in STLQ posts in the next few days; or maybe not. We'll see.

March 31, 2005

Presentations from CiL 2005 Now Available

:: Links to the presentations from Computers In Libraries 2005 are available on the Information Today web site. (Via: Science Library Pad.)

March 22, 2005

Bill Clinton To Speak At SLA in Toronto

:: Word is out that President Bill Clinton has been added to the list of general session speakers at SLA in Toronto. From a post on SLA-ENG today:

This morning it was announced to the Board, that former President Bill Clinton recently agreed to be a general session speaker for the SLA Toronto meeting. He will speak on Wednesday morning , from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. This is really exciting news! We wanted the conference planners to be among the first to hear. Promotional and PR Information is being developed and will be sent out as soon as we are able to the entire membership. We do not foresee this conflicting with any division programming, except as mentioned earlier, Wednesday morning sessions will now begin at 7:00 a.m.

Cindi Posts The OpenURL Cybertour Presentation

:: Cindi Trainor has added all the slides and such from the OpenURL Cybertour she did at CiL 2005. She then posted links to the Instant Messaging Cybertour she did at CiL as well.

March 21, 2005

Cindi's Computers in Libraries Reports

:: For further coverage of Computers in Libraries, please check my friend Cindi Trainor's observations from the second and third days, her final thoughts, and while you're at it, send her much sympathy after reading about her and her family's Nightmare Trip From Hell!

March 16, 2005

20th Computers In Libraries in DC

:: The 20th Annual Computers In Libraries, a conference I've never attended, is on in Washington DC. A number of librarians attending are blogging the conference, so I'll point to my good friend Cindi Trainor's excellent detailed report(s) at Chronicles of Bean.

February 14, 2005

Proceedings of Science - New Open Access Initiative to Publish Conference Proceedings

:: I read this on PAMNET-L, and think it's a brilliant idea:

Dear colleagues,
I would like to inform you about a new, online service provided by SISSA - the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste - to the scientific community, called PoS - Proceedings of Science.

PoS publishes online, at moderate rates for organizers, conference proceedings in the fields of Astronomy, Biophysics, Mathematics, Neuroscience and Physics and Science communication. Access by the readership is OPEN ACCESS, without registration or charge. Moreover, the online publication procedure is fast and user-friendly thanks to the software system that runs the entire editorial procedure. I think that including this open resource, which publishes highly rated conferences, in your databases could improve the service offered by your library. Given its low rates and its easy use I think that you could recommend this service to conference organizers in your institution.

Best regards
dott. Andrea Wehrenfennig; SISSA Library Head
tel. 0039-040-3787523; fax 0039-040-3787528
andreaw AT sissa DOT it;

July 22, 2004

IEEE Presentation from Nashville SLA Conference Now Available

:: The slide presentation from the annual IEEE Customer Breakfast session on Jun8, 2004, at the Nashville SLA conference is now available for viewing. From the IEEE site:

IEEE Announces New Initiatives at Special Libraries Association Conference – Presentation Now Available Online

June 2004 – The IEEE announced several new initiatives in its online publishing program this month during a breakfast for the library community at the Special Libraries Association annual conference in Nashville.

The announcements made during the meeting include the launch of two new IEEE journals in 2005, a flexible new online collection designed for corporations, plans to grow IEEE's archival digital content and forthcoming updates to the IEEE Xplore online delivery platform.

Jonathan Dahl, Staff Director of IEEE Sales & Marketing, explained how IEEE measures the quality of its collections to the librarians in attendance. Beyond the traditional elements of price and citations, a statistical study reveals that patents are citing scientific information more than ever before, and that top patenting organizations cite IEEE more frequently than competitor's journals. To support the study, Dahl cited Qualcom's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology as a high-impact, patent that relied on IEEE publications for patent approval.

In addition, Barbara Lange, Director of IEEE Publications Business Development, reviewed several recently launched enhancements to the IEEE Xplore platform. Improved navigation features, among other enhancements, help to meet the varied needs of researchers. She also presented a preview of the enhancements planned for next year's IEEE Xplore 2.0 release.

IEEE is pleased to make this presentation available online.

Special thanks to Rachel Berrington for bringing this to my attention.

July 3, 2004

SLA Chemistry Division Presents First Web Conference

:: Dana Roth sent the following information about a fascinating new development from the Chemistry Division of SLA: the first annual Web Conference.

In keeping with its goal of bringing the SLA Annual Conference experience to its members who are not able to attend, the Chemistry Division of SLA will be sponsoring its first Web Conference, to be held throughout the month of July, 2004. This conference will feature the Poster Session presenters from the June SLA Annual Conference in Nashville. There will be three to four presenters per week, with ample opportunity for you to read and see the presentations online, as well as discuss any questions or comments you may have with the actual presenters, who will be moderating the discussions for their respective presentations.

The format for the discussion portion will be through an asynchronous bulletin board, so you may participate throughout the week at times convenient to you. Each set of discussions will be closed, however, at week's end, at which time a new set of topics will be presented. So if you wish to participate in the discussions taking place during a given week, please don't put it off too long.

The event will require registration, but this is free and painless. The
conference will take place at The site will be open for registration and participation beginning Monday, July 5.

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June 30, 2004

IoP Announces New Conference Journal

:: Institute of Physics Publishing has launched a new journal to cover timely publication of high quality, international conferences. No word on when the first issue of Journal of Physics: Conference Series, will appear later this year.

June 14, 2004

Periodicals Price Survey 2004, Johns Hopkins Reviews Elsevier Titles, ASCE Online Research Library, STS Conference Info

:: There is a lot of information moving at lightspeed through various listservs this morning:

  • Library Journal has published its 2004 periodicals price survey.
  • Johns Hopkins has joined in the movement towards downsizing Elsevier collections. The latest edition of its newsletter advises that the library is "analyzing our collections of Elsevier journals to identify low- and no-use titles."
  • ASCE has announced that its conference proceedings will be available online in the fall of 2004:
    The American Society of Civil Engineers announces the Fall 2004 launch of ASCE Online Proceedings – a new online subscription which provides access to proceedings papers from 2003 to the present. At its launch, ASCE Online Proceedings will include more than 4,800 papers, or 50,000 pages of content. For a limited time, ASCE is offering libraries the opportunity to sign up for a FREE trial access to ASCE Online Proceedings. For more information, simply visit and submit your request using the Proceedings Only Free Trial Form that appears in the right column.
  • Information on the Science & Technology Section (STS) of ACRL's annual conference is available, including the conference schedule, program, poster session abstracts, discussion group topics and descriptions, and new member orientation. It looks like a great program. I've attended 13 SLA conferences, but have never been to ALA or ASEE (even when it was in Edmonton some years back, I couldn't attend), always due to lack of funds. Someday...

The Serials Ecosystem: Perspectives on the Transition from Print to Electronic Journals

:: Interesting note on ELDNET-L from John Teskey, Director of UNB Libraries, about an upcoming conference at the University of New Brunswick in the fall:

UNB Libraries is proud to present The Serials Ecosystem: Perspectives on the Transition from Print to Electronic Journals at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on September 25 - 26,

Our conference will offer a wealth of interesting perspectives and diverse opinions about the current and future direction of the online serials ecosystem. I am confident that attendees will gain valuable insights useful for future planning.

We invite you to join us and to contribute to the discussions on the complex transition from print to electronic journals. For registration and further information please visit our conference website at

The impressive list of speakers includes Stephen Abram, Vice-President/President Elect of CLA, Daniel Boivin of OCLC Canada, Bernard Dumouchel, Director General of the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), Ernie Ingles, Associate Vice-President (Learning Services), University of Alberta, David Kohl, Dean for Libraries, University of Cincinnati , Aileen McHugh, Director of Electronic Publishing,Project MUSE, Carol Hansen Montgomery, Dean of Libraries, Drexel University, Frank Vrancken Peeters, Managing Director, Elsevier Science, and Jan Velterop, Publisher, BioMed Central Group.

June 7, 2004

Report from SLA 1

:: I am in Nashville attending the annual SLA conference. A few items of interest:

December 2, 2003

ACRL STS Research Forum -- Orlando 2004

:: The ACRL Science and Technology Section's (STS) Research Committee invites submission of abstracts of research papers to be given at the STS Forum for Science & Technology Library Research in Orlando at the ALA Annual Conference, June 2004.

The Research Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share recent research addressing issues in science and technology librarianship in its broadest sense. Two proposals will be selected through a blind review process on the basis of timeliness, evidence of scholarship, and relevance to science and technology librarianship.

ABSTRACT: An abstract not exceeding 250 words should convey the title and purpose of the project, its scope, methodology, conclusions, and relevance to science and technology librarianship. Priority will be given to papers that indicate research analyses, either quantitative or qualitative.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: December 15th, 2003. Papers will be selected at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego by the STS Research Committee.

PAPERS: Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to provide presentations of no longer than 30 minutes at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

SUBMISSIONS: Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to , Co-Chair of the STS Research Committee. Be sure to include your name, institution, phone, fax, and e-mail address.

--STS Research Committee

October 10, 2003

DASER Summit - Digital Archives for Science & Engineering Resources

:: Registration has opened for the Digital Archives for Science & Engineering Resources Summit, to be held 21-23 November 2003, MIT, Cambridge MA.

June 25, 2003

Alberta Society of Evidence Based Librarians

I am happy to announce that the Alberta Society of Evidence Based Librarians now has an official website: with information about the society and soon to be posted presentation files from the recent conference.

Not familiar with evidence based librarianship? Do a little homework at

June 10, 2003

Report from SLA in NYC (2)

:: We are in Day 3 of SLA in NYC. I presented as part of a panel on guerilla marketing of engineering libraries yesterday, along with four other speakers, and the panel was a success.

:: At the IEEE breakfast this morning, we learned a number of things, including: 1) IEL will be indexed by Google later this summer, and free abstracts to guests will also appear; 2) a subscription identifier will appear with each search result, indicating whether or not the institution subscribes to that part of the db; 3) IEL's peak time is usually around 4:00 AM CDT, with ~83,000 visitors.

:: During Stewart Brand's keynote speech this morning, he noted that the average lifespan of a web page is approximately 43 days.

June 9, 2003

Report from SLA in NYC (1)

:: Greetings from New York City, home to SLA 2003. The conference is going well so far, the first keynote address happening at this time. Geoff and I are busy meeting new people and old friends, and preparing to attend a number of interesting sessions today and tomorrow as well as roaming through the exhibit area.

:: Charles W Bailey, Jr, has updated the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography.

June 4, 2003

LearningTimes Library Online Conference 2003: "Innovations by Information Professionals"

A new, fully online library conference is scheduled for late October. The following information is from a posting on the ACRLNY-L Listserv.

LearningTimes Library Online Conference 2003: "Innovations by Information
Professionals" -

The LearningTimes Library Online Conference (LTLOC) will take place over 5 days in October (20 - 24), and is the first completely online forum to address in depth the philosophical, intellectual, and practical issues in today's libraries, historical societies, archives, and museums. LTLOC responds to the pressing need for high quality professional development and community building within the vast information service field during 4 days packed with over 30 industry leaders delivering interactive webcasts, voice and text based chat sessions, moderated discussion boards, and online "poster sessions".

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June 3, 2003

ALA and the decision to stay in Toronto

Rochelle Hartman offers her take on the ALA and its sharing of information about the situation in Toronto. (From

May 27, 2003

A civil engineering departmental blog/BlogTalk Conference in Vienna

:: BlogTalk, A European Conference on Weblogs, was held on 23-24 May 2003 in Vienna. Among Dave Weinberger's brief postings from the conference was a report about the presentation on BauBlog, a blog (in German), developed by Ulrich van Stipriaan, public relations specialist, from the Dept of Civil Engineering (Fakultät Bauingenieurwesen) at Technische Universität Dresden. van Stipriaan spoke on his attempts to make a blog work in the department, its purpose being to inform people outside the university about what's happening within the department. Has anyone else considered this? van Stipriaan noted that it was difficult to "cajole" 50 faculty members into trying this, but it has developed a small following. I'm wondering if it is easier to try to start a departmental blog with such a purpose if the blog creator works within the department, rather than outside of it, like a librarian.

van Stipriaan's presentation is available here.

Weinberger's reports of the conference begin here.

Toward a User-Centered Approach to Digital Libraries

:: Feel like flying to Finland for fun and fulfillment? Plan to attend the 2003 Conference on Users in the Electronic Information Environments, 8-9 September 2003, in Espoo, Finland.The conference is aimed at promoting scientific discussion and information exchange on issues such as:

    •how are users acting in the new digital information environments
    •do the digital information environments contribute to the quality and productivity of research
    •how do the users perceive the new information environments and evaluate their usefulness and usability
    •how to evaluate the performance and resources of digital libraries from the viewpoint of service providers
    •how do we ensure the usability of the high quality digital resources
    what are the visions for future in this area