ACRL STS (Science and Technology Section) Section
CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS AND POSTERS
The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting its Annual Research Forum and its Poster Session at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 - July 1, 2014.
The Research Forum and Poster Session provide an excellent opportunity to share a wide range of research endeavors and methodologies relevant to science and technology librarianship. The Committee adheres to mentoring principles and utilizes a "blind" review process to select proposals.
Submissions for the paper and poster presentations are selected based on the abstract and significant progress by June 2014. Writing style is critical and should be clear, concise, and organized. Abstracts should include some aspects of the research process. Some examples are:
* Problem or purpose - research question or thesis - stated in one sentence.
* Literature review in its simplest form - where your project fits with scholarly community.
* Target group: people, animals, things etc. and relevant characteristics.
* Methodology with essential components
* Basic findings, including statistical limitations such as confidence intervals
* Conclusions, implications, or applications
* Contribute to the advancement of science and technology librarianship.
* Demonstrate innovative and original research.
* Contribute ideas for positioning librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.
Abstracts. Abstracts should total no more than 250 words while addressing the aforementioned criteria. Abstracts should indicate presentation category: Featured, Short Paper, or Poster Session. Be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and e-mail address of all participants (not part of word count). Please indicate whether or not the project was submitted to other conferences, for publication in a journal, published or presented before.
Featured Paper Presentations. Our Featured Paper Presentation will be 20 minutes in length and followed by a thoughtful 10 minute critique from a guest commentator, who offers suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication. Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or implementation.
Short Paper Presentations. Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and may reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently in progress. Short papers may also solicit feedback (5 minutes) on research ideas that are being formulated, outlining possible approaches and asking attendees and the guest commentator for their response.
Poster Presentations. Submissions for the poster session are selected from two categories - STS Theme and Open Session. The STS Theme for 2014 is "How can librarians assist with student diversity and retention in the STEM and health science fields at their institutions?" The Open category is for research endeavors or practitioner projects outside the Theme that enhance science and technology librarianship. Proposals should provide useful and practical findings, and opportunities for discussion.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Galileo's 450th Birthday, Saturday, February 15, 2014. Submissions are selected by the STS Research Committee. Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Jack Maness, email@example.com, and Greg Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Co-Chairs of the STS Research Committee.
The ACRL/STS Science Resources: Discovery & Access Committee meeting is scheduled to meet (via conference call)
-February 3, 2014 (Monday)
-at 11:00 am CST (noon EST, 10:00 MST; 9:00 PST)
This is an open meeting and we welcome those interested in participating.
For information necessary to call in to the meeting, please contact Larayne Dallas at email@example.com or (512)-495-4503. Committee members and others expressing an interest will receive the phone number (which is not yet assigned) in advance of the meeting.
Agenda for the Meeting of the ACRL/STS Science Resources: Discovery & Access Committee
Topics approximate start time for item
- Introductions (11:00 am CST)
- Updates from STS Council (11:05 am)
- Updates from the MARC Advisory Committee (11:10 am)
- Committee history, charge, and background (11:15 am)
- Past projects and loose ends (11:18 am)
- Finding next projects (11:25 am)
- Assignments to members (11:50 am)
- Adjourn (noon CST)
What the Heck Are Altmetrics?
Come and join the STS Hot Topics Discussion Group as we address Altmetrics!
Altmetrics are a set of new and/or emerging metrics used to measure the impact of scholarship in different ways as an alternative to older metrics, such as the Impact Factor and H-Factor. The program will begin with a lively introduction by Rachel Borchardt of American University and Andrea Michalek of Plum Analytics covering: the concept of altmetrics, why they are needed, recent developments, tools, and ways to use them. This will be followed by an even livelier guided discussion of how you might be able to put altmetrics to work at your institution.
ALA Midwinter 2014
ACRL – STS Hot Topics Discussion Group
Agenda for All Committees’ Meeting
Date: January 25, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel – Howe Room
II. Information from Council I, if necessary
III. Last minute prep for HTDG session
(including assignment of attendance, gathering evaluations, etc.)
IV. Future Plans (venues and topics for upcoming sessions)
Hello STS Members!
We've received our meeting room assignments for Midwinter.
Here is the list of convention center/hotel abbreviations:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Loews Philadelphia Hotel*
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown*
Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia
Double Tree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
A gentle reminder: We are prohibited from making room set changes in the convention center and other meeting venues. Rooms are set to accommodate all groups, not one group. I'll get a number for us to use if the AV setup is incorrect just before the Midwinter meeting and I'll be sure to share that with you.
The ALA Online Scheduler for Midwinter 2014 will go live this week, and will be available from the Midwinter 2014 Web site, http://alamidwinter.org/.
Please note that this year we do have a Twitter hash tag for those of you that wish to make use of it. I plan to do what I can on Twitter. The hash tag is: #acrlsts.
Head, Science Libraries
Carnegie Mellon University
ALA Annual Conference 2013
STS Events & Programs
The Science & Technology Section of ACRL has a vast array of programs and events planned for ALA Annual 2013 --- along with the slate of STS committee and task force meetings scheduled to conduct the business of the Section. There will be opportunities for lively discussion, professional development and networking with your colleagues. These events and programs are open to all, so please join us!
Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion Group (ACRL STS)
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center N137
Platforms and Partnerships: Surveying the Academic e-Book Landscape --
Building academic e-book collections involves a level of complexity far beyond anything experienced in the print environment. Gone are the days when decisions about book purchases were limited to cloth vs paper binding. We now have to consider factors such as publisher vs aggregator platforms, pricing based on single vs multiple user options, subject collections vs individual titles, subscription access vs outright purchase, and our usage rights for course reserves and interlibrary loan.
Please join us for a timely discussion of how and why publishers and vendors are joining forces to deliver e-book content to academic libraries, and how differences between platforms and licenses impact our collections and our users.
Matt Barnes, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at ebrary
Bob , Manager, Account Development and Strategic Alliances at Springer
Scott Wasinger, Vice President of Sales, eBooks and Audiobooks at EBSCO
Charles Withington, Vice President of North America Book Sales and Global Amazon Sales at Elsevier.
The panel moderator is Scott Warren, Head of Collections (from August 1
- Interim Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship) at Syracuse University
Federal Science Agency Update (ACRL STS)
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago Grand A
A panel of experts will provide updates on new developments and resources from federal agencies serving the science/technology sector.
College Science Librarians Discussion Group (ACRL STS)
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center N127
Fostering innovation and creativity among staff --
Change in our libraries is not just driven by technology, planning mandates, or obeisance to college accreditation standards. An overlooked element is the human factor—the creativity and innovation of staff (librarians, paraprofessionals, support staff) who are often the prime movers for change in our libraries. Come and share your perspectives on how this issue plays out in academic science libraries.
General Membership Meeting & Breakfast (ACRL STS)
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 8:30am to 10:00am
McCormick Place Convention Center N226
Join us for the 2013 ACRL Science & Technology Section Membership Meeting and Breakfast for all STS members. This event will include member news, time to network with STS colleagues, announcements on STS awards, plus a special welcome for new members.
Hot Topics Discussion Group (ACRL STS)
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center N426a
Working Collaboratively with Faculty, Researchers, and Administrators --
Whether a library is in a small private liberal arts college or a major public research university, librarians can achieve more by working outside of traditional lines. By aligning our interests with those of our stakeholders, we can build collaborative partnerships to accomplish things that were not possible working separately. This session will feature a collection of tables, each led by a librarian who has successfully managed a different kind of collaboration. Using their experience as a spring board, the table will discuss strategies from developing ideas, spotting gatekeepers, presenting your plan, dealing with complications, getting the plan underway, and following through.
Science and Technology Library Research Forum (ACRL STS)
The Research Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share recent research endeavors addressing issues and trends in science and technology librarianship. The research projects are peer reviewed and presented as oral presentations or posters. Both events occur on separate dates.
STS Program Feature and Short Papers
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago Columbus EF
STS Program Poster Session (ACRL STS)
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center S406a
2013 STS Program: There's An App for That: The Use of Mobile Devices, Apps and Resources for Health and Sci-Tech Librarians and Their Users (ACRL STS & HSIG)
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 8:30am to 10:00am
McCormick Place Convention Center S405
Moderator: Steven Adams, Life Sciences Librarian, Northwestern University
Speaker: Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, TMC Library
Speaker: Max Anderson, Assistant Library Director for Educational Technology, Rush University Medical Center
Speaker: Rebecca Miller, College Librarian for Science & Information Literacy Coordinator, University Libraries at Virginia Tech
Mobile devices are changing how library users access information and applications (apps) for mobile devices are being released at a rapid rate. This program will discuss the range and functionality of mobile and tablet applications available to librarians and end users and how librarians can play an integral role in providing access to quality applications. The program will also address how mobile technologies can be implemented and offer a clearer understanding of the usefulness of these tools. Guidelines for using apps for teaching and assessment of available apps will also be presented.
STS Program Poster Session (ACRL STS)
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am
McCormick Place Convention Center S406a
The blind peer reviewed poster session is presented in conjunction with the ACRL Science & Technology Section's Annual Program. Posters will be presented in two categories – STS Theme and Open Session. The STS Theme encompasses: 1) Teaching with mobile devices and apps, 2) Range and functionality of mobile and tablet applications available to librarians as well as users, and 3) Evaluation of apps. The Open category is for research endeavors or practitioner projects outside the Theme that enhance science and technology librarianship.
2013 STS Posters:
Biographies and Oral Histories Lead to Understanding Culture & Diversity in Science
Eddy González & Robert Yost
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Evaluating Students’ Information Evaluation Abilities in an Agricultural Readings Seminar Class: A Three Pronged Approach
Marianne Stowell Bracke
Evolving instruction delivery for chemistry information literacy course
Meris A. Mandernach
The Ohio State University
Yasmeen Shorish & Barbara Reisner
James Madison University
One h-Index to Rule Them All? Using h-Index Realities to Educate Researchers about their Online Presence
University of Minnesota
Creating a USB Flash Drive as a Useful Marketing Tool for Library Services
University of Utah
Measuring Science and Technology information literacy competencies: Creation of the CELT assessment
Amy S. Van Epps, Ruth Wertz, Michael Fosmire & Şenay Purzer
Use of Central Open Access Funds by Biology Faculty
Donna Marie Braquet
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Science Database Holdings at ARL and Oberlin Group Academic Libraries from 2010 to 2012: a Longitudinal Study
University of Alberta
Converting Dissertations to Patent Applications: A Study in Four Disciplines
The Pennsylvania State University
E-Science Opportunities and Competencies for the Effective Science Librarian
University of Rochester
Building Community: Pairing Science Book Discussions with an Online Network
Arizona State University
iPad Game Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Connecting Theory to Praxis: Developing a Research Agenda for Your Section
Oregon State University Libraries
Penn State New Kensington
Universal Design for Learning, the Library, and STEM: Common Cause, Uncommon Ground
Katy Kavanagh & Jeanne Hoover
East Carolina University
Behind the Scenes: Tips + Taps: Integrating Apps into the Research Process
Mary Oberlies & April Kelley
George Mason University
Seeds of change: pruning perceptions of plagiarism into ethical behavior for STEM students
Michelle Leonard, Denise Bennett, Amy Buhler, Margeaux Johnson & Melody Royster
University of Florida
STEM on the platform: comparative analysis of multiple e-book providers
Tara Tobin Cataldo & Michelle Leonard
University of Florida
STS would like to thank our 2013 sponsors for their generosity and support of STS programs and events:
IOP (Institute of Physics) Publishing
CRC Press (Taylor & Francis)
Morgan & Claypool
Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL)
Information and Update Session
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Room S505a McCormick Place Convention Center
You are invited to an open meeting for all new and prospective members of TRAIL. Learn more about the project, current activities, and opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there!
TRAIL is an initiative to identify, digitize, archive, and provide access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975.