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STS Programs at MW 2013

STS is sponsoring or co-sponsoring several exciting discussions at MW 2013.

Details  - including a brief abstract for each event - are below.  A printable version is also attached.

Please join us!



Lori Critz

STS Chair




MW 2013

STS Programs



STS Hot Topics Discussion Group: "So Much Science, So Little Time"

Sat Jan 26 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm WEST-Fifth Ave Room

A recent ACRL Science and Technology Section Survey showed that about 70% of science librarians serve between 2-7 departments, and less than 5% focusing on only one. This suggests that most science librarians, no matter what their "home discipline," provide services to users with significantly different backgrounds and needs. As budgets tighten, this problem is only likely to get worse, which is particularly problematic in the STEM disciplines, where specialization does not translate well between fields. Join us for a brief discussion on the problems facing science librarians who need reasonable expertise in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary settings. Afterwards, participants will have the chance to join subject roundtables and work with the guidance of a subject specialist to address some of the skills, issues, resources, and techniques to help you succeed in that discipline.


 STS Publisher / Vendor Relations Discussion Group: "Packaged Content and the Limits of Tiered Pricing"

Sun Jan 27 8:30 am - 10:00 am WEST-Vashon

 As prices for serial information continue to rise faster than the rate of inflation, with library funding decreasing or remaining flat,  e-package uptake by libraries nevertheless continues to show significant growth and has come to represent a growing portion of collection development budgets. Thus, many libraries are seeking to control costs by renegotiating the price structure for packaged content. Often, libraries can reduce costs by moving to tiered pricing models or adjusting cost-per-unit within e-packages. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that even when the criteria for tiered pricing are reasonable and reflective of usage, this strategy alone is not sufficient when an institution finds the base price itself unsustainably high. Thus, one college within the State University of New York recently chose to drop its entire online package from a major provider in the field of chemistry. Are such hard choices the wave of the future? Will libraries that can’t afford Big Deals be able to focus their budgets on smaller, more subject-specific packages? Are the larger STM publishers more resistant to tiered pricing than others? Please join us for a discussion of these and related questions with timely input from librarians, publishers, and subscription agents.

Federal Science Agency Update (ACRL STS)
Sun Jan 27 01:00 pm 02:30 pm WEST-Vashon

 Hear the latest on information products and services from representatives of U.S. Government scientific agencies. Presenters will include Wayne Strickland, National Technical Information Service; and Tim Byrne, Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information. Sponsored by the STS Government Information Committee.


 ALCTS-CMS and ACRL-STS Forum: Scholarly Communication and Collections: From Crisis to Creative Response”

Sun Jan 27 4:30pm – 5:30pm  Renaissance Seattle Hotel – Compass South Room

Over the past decade, consolidation of the publishing industry, accompanied by unsustainable pricing models has created a crisis in scholarly communication that affects universities, libraries, faculty, and students.  Nationally and internationally, libraries are being forced to decrease access to scholarly publishing due to increasing journal costs and declining budgets.  In response, libraries and scholars have taken a leadership role in the area of open access to deal with the crisis and attempt to make the current model more sustainable.  As libraries continue to lead open access efforts, it is important to educate librarians on the issues of scholarly communication so they can collaborate with faculty and become a part of an effective scholarly communication program.  In addition, it is vital for libraries to have a formalized strategy to incorporate open access into collection development policies and activities to continue this momentum.  The ALCTS Collection Management Section and the ACRL Science and Technology Section are co-sponsoring a Forum to discuss these issues.   Speakers include: Robin Champeiux – Oregon Health Sciences University and Lori Critz – Georgia Institute of Technology


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