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2013 STS Events & Programs at ALA Annual Conference


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.

Panelists include:
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
Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, TMC Library
Max Anderson, Assistant Library Director for Educational Technology, Rush University Medical Center
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
Purdue University


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 

Jan Fransen
University of Minnesota



Creating a USB Flash Drive as a Useful Marketing Tool for Library Services

 Catherine Soehner
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
Purdue University


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

 Tim Klassen
University of Alberta


 Converting Dissertations to Patent Applications: A Study in Four Disciplines

 Nan Butkovich
The Pennsylvania State University


E-Science Opportunities and Competencies for the Effective Science Librarian

 Tyler Dzuba
University of Rochester


 Building Community: Pairing Science Book Discussions with an Online Network

 Renee Tanner
Arizona State University


iPad Game Library

Christy Caldwell
University of California, Santa Cruz


Connecting Theory to Praxis: Developing a Research Agenda for Your Section

Jane Nichols
Oregon State University Libraries

Jennifer Gilley
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



Thomson Reuters