November 30, 2006

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research: Inaugural Issue

.: The first issue of Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research is now available for viewing:

The electronic journal is a practitioner’s journal of The Partnership published twice a year. Articles may be contributed at any time for publication consideration. Potential articles are reviewed by members of an editorial review committee. Articles fall into several categories. Feature articles on theory & research and on innovations in practice are in-depth, peer-reviewed articles and fall in the range of 1,000 to 5,000 words. Other types of articles include viewpoints, conference presentations, profiles, news& announcements, professional development and reviews.
The first issue of Partnership includes articles under the headings of Innovations in Practice, Theory and Research, Conference Spotlight, Professional Development, Profiles, Viewpoints, and News and Announcements. Congratulations to editor Jennifer Richard and the Editorial Team on the publication of v1 n1 (2006) of Partnership!

August 25, 2006

Five Weeks To A Social Library

.: Interested in an upcoming online course on how to apply social software in your library? A course that will be taught by experts, using freely available software and web-based tools? Amanda Etches-Johnson and four other librarians, pulled together by Meredith Farkas, are working on a proposal to present Five Weeks To A Social Library. Given the top reputation of Amanda and the other librarians involved, I don't think it would be a stretch to suggest that the time invested in this effort will be more than worth it. From Amanda's site:

CFP: Five Weeks to a Social Library
Location: Online
Dates: February 12 - March 17, 2007
CFP Deadline: September 22, 2006

We are pleased to present Five Weeks to a Social Library , the first free, grassroots, completely online course devoted to teaching librarians about social software and how to use it in their libraries. The course was developed to provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity for librarians who do not otherwise have access to conferences or continuing education and who would benefit greatly from learning about social software. The course will take place in Drupal and on a MediaWiki installation, and will also involve a variety of other popular social software tools. The course will make use of synchronous components, with one or two weekly Webcasts and many IM chat sessions being made available to students each week. The course will culminate in each student developing a proposal for implementing a specific social software tool in their library.

The course will take place between February 12 and March 17 and will be limited to forty participants. However, course content will be freely viewable to interested parties and all live Webcasts will be archived for later viewing.

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September 6, 2005

Internet Reference Services Quarterly Wants YOU!

.: Are you doing something innovative? Are you currently using Internet technology to enhance the experiences of your staff or your users? Have you actively analyzed trends in the use or application of Internet technologies? We want you to share your results with our readers!

Internet Reference Services Quarterly (IRSQ), a peer-reviewed journal published by The Haworth Press, Inc., welcomes the submission of manuscripts for its next issue. Don't let the word "reference" in the title fool you. IRSQ highlights the theory and practice behind emerging Internet services, sources and resources in all areas of librarianship. Research-based studies, case studies of successful services or programs, and authoritative articles highlighting best practices are welcome.

Topics of interest to us include: blogs, copyright law, course management systems, digital collections and digital object repositories, electronic information access (e-reserves, document delivery, electronic theses of dissertations, home-grown databases), federated searching technologies, Googlization, information services for cell phones, iPods or PDAs, IT/library mergers, Internet security, library web site innovations, link resolvers, plagiarism, and streaming video and audio.

Submissions should follow the Haworth guidelines for manuscript format and preparation available at All submissions should be accompanied by a Manuscript Submission and Copyright Transfer form, available at

All accepted manuscripts will be published in the journal's next issue, Volume 11, No. 2. The due date for submission of manuscripts is October 15, 2005. For more information or manuscript submission questions, please contact Christopher Cox at coxcn AT wec DOT edu or at the address below. We look forward to reading your work and having the opportunity to share it with other librarians.

Christopher Cox
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Libraries
Editor, Internet Reference Services Quarterly
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue - L 3002A
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Phone: (715) 836-4454
Fax: (715) 836-2949

August 18, 2005

David Stern Takes The Helm at Haworth's Science & Technology Libraries

:: David Stern, Director of Yale University Science Libraries, will become the new editor of Science & Technology Libraries, effective with the v27 2006 issue. As David is not only a trusted colleague but a great friend, I wish him the best as he takes on this new challenge. The journal will be in good hands. On various discussion groups today, David writes:

Julie Hurd will be stepping down after many years of excellent service to the community, and I will become the new editor of Science & Technology Libraries effective with vol. 27 (2006).

As with any journal editor, I depend upon authors for timely content, and perhaps authors serving as guest editors for special theme issues. At this time the journal is seeking submissions for future issues, so please consider contributing an article yourself and encourage your colleagues to consider publishing information about interesting projects and concepts. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss a possible article idea in greater detail.

Below I outline some ideas for a revised STL, including a few possible special theme topics. As you review my thoughts below on possible future topics, please let me know if you are interested in contributing your novel ideas, techniques, tricks, tips, or insights to our profession.

I anticipate the following sections in future issues:

  1. News of Note: This will be a one-page column created at deadline providing the latest news in our areas.
  2. Visions & Directions: This will be a column written by rotating editorial board members on current topics. Each column will provide a position statement, and will be followed by continued discussion on our soon-to-be-released weblog or wiki.
  3. Research papers, and/or case studies with implications.
  4. Tools Watch: This section will review books, articles, databases, and web entities. It will highlight significant new tools in relation to science and technology public services, collection development and management, and metadata concerns.
  5. SCI-5 will continue to highlight trends and tools.

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July 20, 2005

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship - Announcements

:: From an e-mail sent today by Andrea Duda:

: I have a number of announcements about Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (
  • We are pleased to welcome Deborah Huerta of Colgate University as the newest member of our editorial board.
  • We have established themes for our upcoming issues:
    • Fall 2005: Facilities (e.g., new buildings; consolidated libraries; renovated facilities; living with outdated facilities; incorporating technology, etc.)
    • Winter 2006: Outreach and Marketing (e.g. publicity, blogs, reaching/teaching people who seldom come into the library)
    • Spring 2006: Assessment (Assessing all aspects of library collections and services)
    • Summer 2006: All topics
    • Fall 2006: E-resources (Decision making, user statistics, evaluation, a librarian's wish list for publishers)
    More information about writing for ISTL is available at We'd be happy to talk over article ideas with you and we encourage newer authors to work with us on publications.

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May 24, 2005

ISTL / Cites & Insights

:: The latest issue of ISTL, Issues in Science & Technology Libraries, n42, Spring 2005, is available. The theme of the issue is open access, and features articles on the publication dilemma of scientific research, the importance and benefits of open access, source and standards for libraries, and global access to Indian research. Also included is a review of CSA's Technology Research Database.

:: Cites & Insights, v5 n8 June 2005, is now available.

May 10, 2005

Articles of Interest

:: Bonnie Osif, Librarian at Penn State Engineering Library, has an article in the latest issue of the Journal of Engineering Education. The article is co-authored with Gül E Okudan, and the title is: Effect of Guided Research Experience on Product Design Performance. Here is the abstract:

Designing, generally, requires a team effort. Consequently, several variables affecting team performance have been studied, such as team composition, female/male ratio in the organization, and teamwork skills training. This study furthers this effort by investigating the effect of guided external research during the concept generation phase of the design process. The premise of the study is that as resources increase in number and complexity, and time constraints pressure an overcrowded curriculum, professors are challenged to find new methods to train students in the skills needed for the constantly changing workplace.

One technique to address this issue, a creative collaboration and its impact on design team performance, is discussed in the paper. First, the approach for incorporating guided research into curriculum is explained, and then the results of the study are presented, which indicate that a higher design performance can be achieved when guided research is added to design teaching.

Okudan, Gül E., and Bonnie Osif, "Effect of Guided Research Experience on Product Design Performance," Journal of Engineering Education, v94 n2, April 2005, pp. 255-262. A preprint of the article is available here.

Yours truly has a column in the latest issue of the SLA Chemistry Division E-Newsletter. The article is called A Brief Guide To Finding Chemical and Petroleum Prices and Other Statistical Information, and is available for viewing on the SLA Chemistry Division site.

Reichardt, Randy, "A Brief Guide To Finding Chemical and Petroleum Prices and Other Statistical Information," SLA Chemistry Division E- Newsletter, v19 issue4, Spring 2005, pp. 4-5.

:: My apologies (again) to those who subscribe to STLQ via Bloglet. Once again, unannounced, the Bloglet function disabled itself some time ago, but should be ok now. My thanks to Joe Kraus for sending me an e-mail about this.

April 7, 2005

Weblogs: Their Use and Application In Science and Technology Libraries - Article Available

:: I have uploaded the article co-authored with Geoff Harder, "Weblogs: Their Use and Application In Science and Technology Libraries". The pdf version is here. The article has also been added to the category, "Articles and Presentations", in the right hand column of STLQ.

Please note that Haworth allows for preprint distribution rights, "including posting as electronic files on the contributor’s own Web site for personal or professional use, or on the contributor’s internal university/corporate intranet or network, or other external Web site at the contributor’s university or institution, but not for either commercial (for-profit) or document delivery systems." (Full details here.)

April 6, 2005

Weblogs: Their Use and Application In Science and Technology Libraries

:: I am pleased to report the publication of an article1 co-authored by your humble correspondent and the amazing Geoff Harder, my friend and colleague (on the other side of the wall). The article, "Weblogs: Their Use and Application in Science and Technology Libraries", briefly covers the history of blogs and considers how they can be put to good use in the science and technology library setting:

Weblogs, or blogs, emerged in the late 1990s on the Web, quickly becoming a new way to communicate ideas, opinions, resources and news. Since that time, the community of blogs has grown to encompass specific subject areas of study and research. This article briefly discusses the history and background of blogs, including blogging software. Literature searches suggest very little has been published on subject-specific blogs in scientific and technical publications. Applications in science and technology librarianship are discussed, including team and project management, reference work, current awareness, and the librarian as blog mentor for students.
Please note that my work e-mail address listed in the article and on the Haworth web site is incorrect, and should read

1. Reichardt, Randy and Geoffrey Harder. 2005. "Weblogs: Their Use and Application in Science and Technology Libraries." Science & Technology Libraries, 25(3), p105-116.

January 19, 2005

Special Libraries Association, Elsevier Announce Education Partnership

:: This news release appeared on the Reed-Elsevier discussion list this morning, as well as the SLA website.

Support from World-Leading STM Publisher Will Help Establish SLA Online University

Alexandria, VA, USA, December 13, 2004 - The Special Libraries Association (SLA) and Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific and medical information, today jointly announced their collaboration in a partnership to support the establishment of the SLA Online University.

At a special briefing today at SLA Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, Elsevier announced that it has made a one-time gift to the SLA Campaign for Professional Development. The contribution will be used specifically to develop the SLA Online University, thereby significantly advancing the professional development of SLA's over 12,000 members.

Janice R. Lachance, Executive Director of SLA, believes Elsevier's commitment sets a standard for the information industry. "We are thrilled with the support Elsevier has shown for our Campaign for Professional Development and, in particular, our Online University. By helping us deliver on the important need of accessible and affordable professional development opportunities, they are directly aiding the growth of information professionals while enhancing the value of membership in SLA."

Inspired by SLA's strategic focus on learning, the concept for the SLA Online University is to serve the continuing education needs of information professionals worldwide. Because of reduced budgets for professional development and travel, many SLA members around the globe lack the ability to participate in person at learning events. Using a technologically advanced learning system, the SLA Online University will give information professionals access to course libraries focusing on development of critical business skills. In addition, the curriculum will comprise custom-designed courses on competencies that are crucial to the profession, such as content management, competitive intelligence, and identifying client needs. SLA also expects to enhance the offerings of the Online University by including discounted access to online learning courses from many leading universities.

Commented John Regazzi, Managing Director, Market Development and CEO for Elsevier, Inc.: "We at Elsevier are very pleased to have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with SLA and its membership in this way. The innovative technology approach SLA is taking in bringing the Online University to fruition is right in line with our own emphasis on supporting and investing in new technologies, and our "Founding Partner" role in this initiative goes straight to the heart of Elsevier's firm commitment to supporting our customers as true partners."

December 10, 2004

Hot Topics Survey 2004 Results

:: The STS Continuing Education Committee has made available the preliminary results of the 2004 Continuing Education Committee. STS collaborated with ASEE's Engineeering Libraries Division and SLA's Sci Tech Division. Results are grouped by which conference respondents are expected to attend in 2005. While there are interesting data in the survey, I find the presentation on the web page rather cumbersome. Results are shown as: "Likert-like scale total points for all respondents, Questions 1-21. Arranged by descending median score. Within each median arranged by descending location of inter-quartile range." Er, what? OK, so I'm not statistically savvy.

October 20, 2004

STS/ASEE ELD/SLA Sci-Tech Hot Topics Survey 2004

:: As posted this morning to STS-L:

STS/ ASEE ELD/SLA Sci-Tech Hot Topics Survey 2004

Want to learn more about the latest topics in the sci/tech library world? Here's your chance to tell us what you want to learn.

ALA's ACRL Science and Technology Section, The American Society for Engineering Education Engineering Libraries Division, and The Special Libraries Association Science-Technology Division are collaborating on this survey. These organizations will use your input for conference and continuing education planning.

Follow this link to take the survey:

Questions about this survey should be sent to: Terri Freedman, Head,
Collier Science Library, Bryn Mawr College, tfreedma AT brynmawr DOT edu .

If you have technical difficulties taking this survey, please contact:
Marilyn Christianson, Auburn University Libraries, chrismc AT auburn DOT edu.

September 24, 2004

Free and/or OA Journals in Librarianship - George Porter

Yesterday, George Porter, on a number of discussion groups, wrote about free and open access journals dedicated to the profession. Additional titles in the list were e-mailed to me directly.

Today's launch of Biomedical Digital Libraries [see note on Open Access News, hosted by BioMed Central, got me to thinking about the tools of the librarian trade. Here are the complete fulltext journals, either free or Open Access, which come to my mind. I'm sure I'll miss a few, which is why I'm casting a pretty wide net.

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship
Fulltext no0+ (1991+); ISSN: 1092-1206

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large (CI:CaL)
Fulltext v1+ (2001+); ISSN: 1534-0937

D-Lib Magazine
Fulltext v1+ (1995+); ISSN: 1082-9873

Current Cites
Fulltext v1+ (1990+); ISSN: 1060-2356

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April 15, 2004

How Do You Keep "Up To Date"?

Recently, Michael Leach, librarian at Kummel Library and Physics Research Library, Harvard, posed the following question on PAMnet, the listserv of the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics division of SLA:

With so much information appearing daily, weekly and monthly, I am curious as to how each of you "keeps up to date" and "filters" the information you need to run your libraries effectively. I am interested to learn what web sites, journals (print and/or electronic; scholarly and/or "newsy"), blogs, discussion lists, etc., you find most useful, and to which of these you regularly turn to for information. (Naturally, I am assuming that the PAM list is one such resource!) Specifically, I want to learn what resources you turn to for:
    1) keeping up to date for librarian/practitioner info, especially trends in the profession, new services, and emerging technology;
    2) keeping up with the current scientific research that your library supports.
Michael received a number of replies, and with his permission, we are posting his e-mail with the results, which are quite interesting, and while specific to PAMNET members, most likely apply in principle to most of us suffering from massive information overload in these times:

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January 9, 2004

Get thee to a library school!

There is no question that we need to continue to promote the strengths of our profession if we want to recruit the brightest and the best. ACRL has put together a very useful recruitment page with a number of interesting resources for both recruiters and recruitees to use. There is even a very well done streaming video on academic librarianship, Faces of a Profession@Your Library, which is available for download (requires Real Video).

Recruiting to the Profession Video (streaming file, requires RealMedia player)
Streaming video highlighting the role of academic librarians and the satisfactions to be realized in the profession. Includes interviews with academic librarians who discuss what they do and why they made their career choices. This video is also available for download as a zipped file. After downloading the file must be uncompressed and can then be played using RealPlayer.

[Found via a path of links originating with the newish blog, Beyond the Job - Professional tips for librarians: Articles, job-hunting advice, professional development opportunities, and other news and ideas on how to further your library career. Compiled by the Library Job People, Sarah Johnson and Rachel Singer Gordon.]

December 11, 2003

b/ITE, Hazardous Chemical Db

:: The latest issue (Nov/Dec 03) of b/ITE, the bulletin of the Information Technology Division of SLA, has appeared, and has a nifty section on RSS.

:: Two publications, Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens, and International Resources Guide to Hazardous Chemicals, have been combined to create a new online product: Sittig's Hazardous Chemicals Database. The one downside is that it seems to be available on CD-ROM only. Cost is $395US until Dec 31, 2003, and $495US afterwards.

November 26, 2003

SciTech Library Mentors Needed

:: The Continuing Education Committee of the STS (Science & Technology Section of ALA) is always looking for volunteer library mentors.

    The Sci/Tech Library Mentors is a list of experienced sci/tech librarians who are willing to serve as mentors and/or resource persons to other librarians in need of assistance.
If you are interested, please complete the volunteer form.