Science-Technology Division

Sci-Tech News, Sep 2013

Helen Josephine

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For more information , please contact: 1 Stanford University - News from the Science-Technology Division Science-Technology Division Helen Josephine, Chair The objectives of the Science-Technology Division shall be to draw together those members of the Special Libraries Association having an interest in the role of library and information science as applied to the recording, retrieval and dissemination of knowledge and information in all areas of science and technology, and to promote and improve the communication, dissemination and use of such knowledge for the benefit of libraries and their users.’ SLA San Diego, sunny days, inviting beach, water front location, great hotel pool, fabulous seafood restaurants, interesting nightlife and great vendor receptions--all of that plus informative programs and great vendor networking. If you were there you experienced all of this and more. The annual Sci-Tech breakfast and business meeting was held on Monday morning. Forty members and guests attended the breakfast. We officially awarded the Bonnie Hilditch The Sci-Tech Division programs started on Sat- International Librarian Award to Dr. Susmita urday with a full-day CE class on Patent Re- Chakraborty and to Mr. Parveen Babbar, the search with Chris Vestal and Maria Kreiser as Diane K. Foster International Library Travel our instructors. We had 20 attendees for the Award to Maria Cecilia Ingusan-Ayson, the S. session, 17 SLA members and 3 non-mem- Kirk Cabeen Student Travel Award to Timothy bers. Overall reviews of the event were very L. Gallati , the Sci-Tech Achievement Award to positive, with one person commenting, “It was Joe Kraus and the Impossible Award to Sua fantastic program! The best I attended at san Shepherd. Pictures of the award winners SLA.” Way to go Chris and Maria! Thanks to are posted on the Sci-Tech Division website. Proquest for sponsoring the CE session. Thanks to all who attended and to our sponsor for this event, IEEE. their sponsorship of this event and to all of the participants for an informative and lively session. Later on Saturday our annual Newcomer’s lunch hosted by Sarah Oelker and sponsored by IEEE was held at Buster’s Beach House. We were joined by Dr. Susmita Chakraborty winner of the 2013 Bonnie Hilditch International Librarian Award, Maria Cecilia IngusanAyson winner of the 2013 Diane K. Foster International Library Travel Award and Timothy L. Gallati winner of the 2013 S. Kirk Cabeen Student Travel Award. Our annual board meeting was also held late Saturday afternoon with 9 board members and 2 guests attending. Minutes of the meeting are posted on the Sci-Tech division wiki. Monday was the busiest day of the conference for the Sci-Tech Division. After the breakfast we co-sponsored the very popular, “Next-Generation Sci-Tech Librarians: Helping Institutions and Researchers Increase Their Impact,” with Susan Maker, Jason Priem and Elizabeth Brown presenting. The jam-packed room heard informative presentations on research support programs and altmetrics. Sponsors of this program included Elsevier and Taylor and Francis. This was followed by a Spotlight Session, “Big Data: Big Challenges” where an audience of over 200 heard Amy Affelt and Britt Mueller discuss the issues of big data in the corporate setting with David Minor and Dr. Wilfred Li presenting on the research data curation program at UC San Diego. Thanks to ACS Publications, John Wiley and World Scientific for sponsoring this program. The first Sci-Tech program was on Sunday, “Content and Interfaces: What’s New,” which included an invited panel with representatives from Deep Web Technologies, Elsevier, Microsoft Research, Proquest Dialog, Springer and Thomson Reuters presenting 5 minute updates on the newest features of their products. This year Science and Engineering 101 and Over 150 attend this session and based on the the All-Sciences Poster Session and Recepsuccess of the program and the format, we are tion were both on Monday afternoon. Mary planning for a similar session at the Vancouver Frances Lembo and James Manasco reprised Conference focusing on vendor mergers and their ever popular, Science and Engineering buy-outs. Thanks to Elsevier and Springer for 101 for the San Diego conference covering the topics of Transportation, Geology and Mining. Over 60 attended this program, which will be holding its 10th anniversary session next year in Vancouver. James and Mary Frances post the slide sets for their presentations to this blog: scitech_101/. Thanks to SAE International for sponsoring Science and Engineering 101 in San Diego. The Biomedical and Life Sciences Division, with the Chem, Eng, Pharma, PAM, FAN and Sci-Tech Divisions, organized the All-Sciences Poster Session and Reception this year. We had 28 posters presented and great food and conversation. The American Institute of Physics and Taylor and Francis sponsored the All-Sciences Poster Session. Three members of the Sci-Tech Division also had papers selected for the SLA Contributed Papers sessions. On Sunday, Giovanna Badia, presented her paper "Comparing the Indexing of Cited Journals to Identify the Premier Database for a Specific Discipline." On Monday, Linda Galloway presented her paper on "Social Media and Citation Metrics." And on Tuesday, Cindy Elliott and Jim Martin presented their paper on "A New Approach to Needs Assessment and Communication to Connect and Collaborate with Faculty.” Sci-Tech Division programs on Tuesday included a session on “Tips and Tricks of Developing and Using Research Apps, APIs and Widgets” presented by Michael Habib from Elsevier and Anna Burke from Springshare. This early morning program had 40 attendees eager to learn about using and customizing the advanced features of Scopus, Science Direct and LibGuides. The annual Computer Science Roundtable was also held on Tuesday as an open discussion on topics proposed by the audience on the day of the event. The discussion leaders were Ruth Kneale and Helen Josephine and the topics ranged from circulating e-readers, tablets and other devices to data curation programs. ACM and World Scientific sponsored this event. The Sci-Tech division was also a co-host for the Science of Wine session, organized by the Biomedical and Life Science division this year. Our final event of the conference was an all day tour on Wednesday. We had 30 SLA members join us for a tour of the Qualcomm Library and the Qualcomm Corporate Museum followed by a short bus ride to UC San Diego for a tour of the Giesel Library, lunch and then a tour of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2), StarCAVE a five-sided virtual reality (VR) room where scientific models and animations are projected in stereo on 360-degree screens surrounding the viewer, and onto the floor as well. We also had a demonstration of the work of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) and the tools used for cultural heritage diagnostics including infrared, x-ray, and geospatial technologies. Special thanks to our tour guides at Qualcomm, Britt Mueller, Sean Flores, Bee Bornheimer, Dolly Goulart, Isabelle Garcia along with staffers Greg Sorini and Vani Inampudi. Mark Better led the Tour of the Qaulcomm corporate museum. In the category of, “we couldn’t have done it without you,” a very special thanks to Susan Shepherd and her colleagues at UC San Diego, Gayatri Singh and Mary Wickline. Our vendor sponsor for this event was IEEE. Wow, San Diego was fun! Thanks to all of you who participated in our events and a special thanks to those who took the time to fill out the survey to help us plan for the 2014 conference in Vancouver. Helen Josephine 2013 Chair and Annual Conference Program Planner Science-Technology Division 6 Science-Technology Division Member Profile Submitted by Sara Samuel Science-Technology Division Member Profile: Helen Josephine One of our leaders is Helen Josephine, who is currently the Chair of the Sci-Tech Division, and she is also a member of the Annual Conference Advisory Council for next year’s SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver. Helen took the time to answer some questions via email to help us get to know her a bit better. Tell us a little bit about your current position. I am currently Head of the Terman Engineering Library at Stanford University. As one of continue to provide the information resources four subject librarians in the Terman Library, students and faculty require as we move I am the liaison to the Aeronautics and Astro- toward more online and digital content. The nautics Department, the Electrical Engineer- book stacks in our library house about 10,500 ing Department and the Management Science items, however our users have access to over and Engineering Department. My liaison duties 65,000 scientific and technical books through include developing research guides for depart- a variety of e-book vendors and platforms. ments and classes, consulting with faculty on This can cause some confusion and frustrabook, journal and database purchases, offer- tion. For example, students want to know ing workshops and in-class presentations on which books they can easily download to their library resources and citation management laptop, e-reader or tablet. Our answer is “it tools, and answering e-mail and walk-in refer- depends,” followed by a long explanation of ence questions. As head of the Terman Engi- the various publisher’s platforms and their reneering Library, I manage a staff of 4 profes- strictions. Most students have discovered how sionals, 2 FTE library assistants and student to find and download the journal articles they workers. As a team we develop the service need. We only have 70 journals in print in the offerings of the library, update the library web- library and most of those are not our archival pages, topic guides and handouts and propose copy. More than 95% of our journals are via new technology projects for the Library to the online subscription. Rapid access to online Stanford University Libraries administration. articles has required students to develop new research workflows for discovering, archiving, searching and citing articles. The Terman Library provides workshops on choosing citation management tools and in-depth sessions on Mendeley, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero, the four tools supported by the Stanford University Libraries. What do you find most interesting about your work? The Terman Library is known for its experimentation with technology and we have several current projects. These include a pilot program to lend ChromeBooks to students, our ongoing Kindle and e-reader lending program which we a started in 2008, development and maintenance of a “Gadget Bar” with tablet devices for students and faculty to “try out” in the Library, a computer workstation cluster in the library with software for students to use for 3D modeling and rendering, and a strong working relationship with the “maker-spaces” provided by the School of Engineering. Our challenge in the Terman Library is to What organizations are you involved in? To keep up-to-date on new research resources, I use both the network of colleagues at Stanford and within SLA. I am active in the local Silicon Valley Chapter of SLA and have held several leadership positions including President and Program Director. I am currently Chair of the Hospitality Committee. On the international level, I am currently Chair of the Science-Technology Division and was the division’s program planner for the 2013 San Diego develop your technical and networking skills Conference. I am also a member of the SLA though professional associations such as SLA. 2014 Vancouver Conference, Annual Confer Volunteering for committees and leadership ence Advisory Council. roles in your local chapter or in the division will give you many opportunities to network, In addition to my MLS degree, I also have a learn new skills and try new technologies Project Management Professional (PMP) certifi- that you can apply on the job. A science or cation from the Project Management Institute. engineering undergraduate degree is not esI “discovered” project management as a dis- sential, but it definitely helps when you are cipline and a skill while working at Intel in the called on to interpret a tricky citation or to corporate library. As a company, Intel has em- develop a recommendation for a new library braced project management and offers many resource. However, if you think of everyday as classes and support groups to help employees an adventure and an opportunity to learn new get the training and experience required for things, you will be successful working in an certification. While a project management engineering or science library. certification is not for everyone and some of the details I was required to learn to pass the Thank you, Helen, for sharing with us! comprehensive examination I may never use, I do think that the structure and methodol- Here are some links to some things that ogy has helped me to manage more complex Helen mentions: projects. I attend workshops and local confer- Terman Engineering Library: ences offered by the Silicon Valley Chapter of PMI and they provide me with additional networking opportunities, as well as programs Silicon Valley Chapter of SLA: on Agile, Lean Startup and Microsoft Project. What advice would you give a new member of SLA, a new Librarian, or someone starting out in engineering librarianship? My advice to those new to the profession or new to working in an engineering library is to Project Management Institute: 8 Science-Technology Division Newcomers’ Lunch The annual Newcomers’ Lunch is one of my favorite duties as Membership Chair of SLA. Every year at Annual Conference, the Newcomers Lunch is a place for those new to the division to meet other new faces, network with division officers and trade tips for a great conference-going experience. This year was no exception: we met on Saturday June 8, at Buster’s Beach House in Seaport Village, near the San Diego Convention Center. This event brings together a different blend of interests and talents every year, but as usual, it was a delight to meet our Division award winners and newcomers, and a grand time was had as we traded tips on everything from conference planning to which entrees to order to how to take the train from San Diego to LA. Special thanks go out to Susan Shepherd for finding us a great location in San Diego for this event, and to George Plosker and IEEE, both for both their sponsorship and for sending George to get us started chatting and making friends, and reminding us why avocados and Arnold Palmers are especially appropriate foods to eat in San Diego. (And he was right, they were great.) L to R: Susmita Chakraborty, Kathleen Gregory, Nevenka Zdravkovska, Sarah Oelker, George Plosker, Helen Josephine, Tim Gallati, Maria Cecilia Ingusan-Ayson. Science-Technology Division New Members The Science-Technology Division welcomes its new members: Simon Alcock London UK Leslie Arms El Paso, TX USA Dorlissa Beyer Aurora, NE USA Kathryn Dunn Federal Way, WA USA Bertram Foster Henderson, CO USA Kathleen Gregory Denver, CO USA Katharine Hall Montreal, QC CANADA Margaret Janz Southport, IN USA Sridevi Jetty Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh INDIA Cait Kortuem Minneapolis, MN USA Robyn Krohn West Valley City, UT USA Katie Matticks Schaumburg, IL USA Claressa Mazzetti San Francisco, CA USA Christina Mills Toronto, ON CANADA Sophia Prisco Vista, CA USA Paul Roemhild Wilmington, MA USA David Rose Mason, OH USA Gwen Short Burbank, OH USA R. Paul Skeehan Brookfield, IL USA Justin Soles Dollard-des-ormeaux, QC CANADA Sabrina Springer Derwood, MD USA Paul Suliin Grand Junction, CO USA

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