June 29, 2007

IEEE Presentations From SLA in Denver Now Available

.: IEEE has made available its presentations from the IEEE Breakfast meeting in Denver on 05 June 2007. Both are available on its IEEE Digital Subscriptions page.

  • IEEE Announces New Initiatives (PDF, 960 KB)
    June 2007 – IEEE announced several new initiatives in its online publishing program at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) annual conference
  • IEEE Demonstrates Beta of (PDF, 276 KB)
    June 2007 – At the Special Libraries Association (SLA) annual conference, IEEE demonstrated, a free, federated vertical search portal brought to you by 15 of the world's leading science and technology societies.

June 28, 2007

SLA Creates a Wiki

.: It might upset Michael Gorman, but SLA has created a Wiki space. It appears that anyone can create an account, and doesn't appear to be restricted to SLA members only. The site reads, "SLA hosts work spaces for Chapters/Divisions/Units and special Association projects. It is intended for organizing, collaborating and presenting information for SLA Members and Leadership."

May 18, 2005

SLA Conference Blog

:: Special Libraries Association has been running the SLA 2005 Conference Blog since May 3rd. It is not clear how members were selected to contribute to the blog, but it is great to see an SLA conference blog nonetheless.

May 5, 2005

Discussion List for SLA Conference in Toronto

:: David Hook, on a number of SLA discussion groups, posted the following:

For those of you planning on attending the Toronto conference: it appears that there isn't a conference attendees discussion list set up for this year.

So, as an alternative many people are subscribing to the Toronto Chapter discussion list and posting their questions/requests for recommendations there. There have been some questions posted already about recommendations for live music venues, upcoming plays/musicals, etc.

If you are planning on attending the conference, I'd recommend joining the discussion list (for which you can sign up at

I don't know why, in 2005, SLA didn't set up a discussion list for their conference this year, but David offers a good alternative. More information on subscribing is available on the Toronto Chapter web site.

March 30, 2005

Poster Presenters for SLA Annual Conference in Toronto

:: From a post on CHMINF-L:

Presenters have now been selected for the Poster Session, "Better Understanding Your Users," being cosponsored by the Chemistry, PAM, and Sci-Tech Divisions at the upcoming SLA meeting in Toronto . A list of the presenters along with titles and abstracts of the presentations can be found on the Chemistry Division web site at

It should be an exciting session, and we hope you will be able to attend in person. For those of you who cannot make it to Toronto, however, a web version of the conference will be presented on the Chemistry Division's web conference site sometime following the Toronto conference. Details of the web version will be forthcoming, but this format will provide you with a chance to read/view the presentations and participate in discussions with the presenters in an asynchronous fashion, so please stay tuned for details regarding this.

Bill Armstrong, Moderator
Chemistry, Sci-Tech, & PAM Poster Session

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.

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

SLA Nashville Presentations Now Online

:: Via EngLib: Selected powerpoint presentations from the Nashville SLA Conference are now available for viewing. In addition, Contributed Papers from the conference are also online.

June 24, 2004

Standards Sessions at SLA, Nashville, June 2004

:: At the 2004 SLA Conference in Nashville, I found most of my conference time taken up with Engineering Division board meetings, vendor lunch and breakfast meetings. As the Standards Chair of the Engineering Division and Aerospace Section, I was also responsible for coordinating and moderating two panels on standards.

Standards Roundtable: One of the two panels I moderated was the annual Standards Roundtable, which was a qualified success. Much hard work, and assistance provided by Cheryl Hansen throughout the year, paid good dividends, as eight speakers provided the latest news and information from their standards development organizations and documents/standards delivery companies. Participants included ANSI, ASCE, ASTM, Document Center, IEEE, ILI Infodisk, IHS Global, and Techstreet. With a good crowd on hand, many of the speakers were asked questions following the presentations.

Historical and Obsolete Standards: The other panel I moderated was on Historical and Obsolete Standards. The speakers were Claudia Bach of Document Center, and Jean Z Piety, Science and Technology Department of Cleveland Public Library.

Claudia began her presentation, entitled The Standards Detective: The Search for ASA-A14.1 1948, by advising that it is important to understand the mind of the engineer, in order to recreate the scene of the crime. The first clue is that the document is a result of a group, and groups can change their names and/or their mission, merge or disband. The second clue: a standard is written using a process, as follows: the idea, the committee, public review, association ballot, publication, and periodic review. The third clue returns us to the originators, in that engineers will have written the standard. As such, the numbers on the standard will have meanings.

One problem is that many repositories will not keep their old standards. Why use out-of-date information? The problem is, many engineers need access to the old standards, especially when working on projects in which they are required to know what standards were used at the time of construction. An example would be building or bridge rehabilitation.

The fourth clue is making use of the usual suspects. If you have a network established of close relatives (contractors, customers, and friends), snitches (fellow librarians and information specialists, committee members), and the neighbourhood (libraries and other repositories), maximize your use of it when necessary.

Jean Piety told the audience that when looking for historical or obsolete standards, it is necessary to enjoy sleuthing. When searching for old standards, remember other terms that might describe the document, such as code, regulation, specification, bulletin. The status of the standard is critical. Has it been withdrawn or declared inactive? Jean reminded us that standards with the designation M refer to the metric version. Standards with an R designation indicate that the standard has been reaffirmed, not revised. She cited conflict with other standards as one of many reasons a standard may be withdrawn.

Old standards are of interest to many different groups of users, including lawyers, expert witnesses, engineers, scrap dealers, students, instructors, designers, among others. Finally, she advised that format may also be a problem. Was or is the standard available as fiche, paper, CD, microfilm, or even online?

The two excellent presentations were followed with a short question and answer period. Thank you to Claudia and Jean for their hard work on behalf of all librarians interested in tracking down hard-to-find standards.

June 14, 2004

Open Access and Archiving At SLA

:: Obviously I kept missing other bloggers at SLA. Garrett Eastman dropped me a note this morning, with links to his summaries, posted on Open Access News, of two important sessions at SLA, both of which I missed because of other commitments. The sessions Garrett covered were Publisher/Libarian Archiving Initiatives and Open Access Publishing. Thanks for letting me know!

June 12, 2004

Report from SLA 2

:: I am back from SLA in Nashville, which already feels like it was a few weeks ago. Does time seem to move faster when you get older? In the final couple of days, I found myself wrapped up in board meetings, breakfast/lunch meetings, and chairing panels. Mix in the exhibit area and meeting old friends and making new ones, and the conference was quite rewarding.

Among those I met were bloggers Teri Vogel of Georgia State University Library, creator of the blog, Science News, and Christina Pikas, she of On Christina's Radar ("scitech stuff") and Christina's LIS Rant. I know that at one point, I saw MaryDee Ojala, one of the many InfoToday Blog - Live From Nashville! bloggers, but it was one of those ships-passing-in-the-night moments.

Unfortunately, I missed seeing the other two scitech library bloggers, fellow Canadians Catherine Lavalle-Welch of EngLib, and John Dupuis, of Confessions of a Science Librarian. Even more frustrating, John blogged on Catherine's site, and Christina and Catherine were blogging side-by-side at one point. Hey guys, what about me? :-( If Christina hadn't dropped me a note on the message board, I would've missed everybody! Catherine and John, really sorry I missed seeing you both. Hopefully in Toronto, this won't happen again.

Overall, I can report that between attending the many SLA-ENG board meetings and other functions, the vendor lunches and breakfasts, chairing the two panels, and meeting people and vendors in the exhibit area, I was able to attend but one session myself. Nonetheless, it felt like I accomplished a lot while I was there. Also of note, I spoke to Bob Michaelson of Northwester, about contributing to STLQ, and you can look forward to reading his words here, as well as more from Dana Roth at Caltech.

June 7, 2004

Report from SLA 1

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

June 1, 2004

STS Signal, Blogging SLA

:: The v19 n1, Spring 2004, issue of STS Signal, newsletter of the Science & Technology Section of ACRL, is available.

:: Editors and writers from Information Today will be blogging SLA beginning this weekend in Nashville.

Next week is the 95th annual conference of SLAthat's the Special Libraries Association for those of you who prefer the traditional nameand several Information Today, Inc. editors and writers will be there ready to blog. The official dates are June 5-10, 2004, but the Board of Directors holds meetings both before and after the main conference. The Live from Nashville blog ( will cover as many aspects of the conference as the bloggers can handle. That would include association business meetings, conference sessions, the exhibit floor, and social events. Plus, well have backup from some editors not in Nashville.

Why blog SLA? According to Tina Creguer, director, communications, ProQuest Information and Learning, The Special Libraries Association conference is an exciting event, with news, gatherings, and an exchange of ideas that help shape the library world. The blog hastens the speed of information sharing, and were always enthusiastic about improving access to information. ProQuest is sponsoring the ITI Live from Nashville blog.

I'll be attending the SLA conference, and am looking forward to the many good sessions, panels, and meetings, as well as some well-deserved downtime with a few good friends who also attend the conference.

May 28, 2004

SLA Website Down - Bad Timing

:: With one week until the annual SLA conference in Nashville, SLA's website is essentially non-functional for the next one-two days. The SLA Conference page is down, although registration is still functional. But all you can do is register for the conference, or add more paid events if you registered previously. Registrants cannot get access to their personal planners, and all the division and chapter sites are down. SLA is moving their headquarters from DC to Alexandria VA this weekend, which is why this is happening, but the timing couldn't be much worse.

July 2, 2003

PAM Awards

The information below is from an e-mail to the PAM listserv from Alice Primack, and is posted with her approval- Randy

"The Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division was very pleased to make two awards this year! Thanks to PAM members who made nominations or wrote letters of support for nominees.

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