5 August 2011

2011 STL Section Conference Session

By Janet Webster

The Science and Technology Libraries Section is pleased to present six papers discussing our challenges and changing roles.

The session is on Monday August 15 from 14:00-16:00.

Working in partnership with researchers to support their research lifecycle: a case study
Heather Todd (University of Queensland, Australia) will discuss how her library has realigned its services to better support the University’s research lifecycle that includes monitoring bibliometrics, assisting with data management and providing e-publishing services.

Challenges in setting up open access IRs in Africa
Richard Lamptey and Abed Corletey (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana) address the challenge of setting up an open access IRs in Ghana.

Web based reference services to bioinformaticians: challenges for librarians
Shubha Nagarkar (Bioinformatics Center, University of Pune, India) will describe an intriguing portal for bioinformaticians that provides personalized reference services using Google Sites as the platform and integrating open access tools such RSS feeds, Google Gadgets, Google News, PubMed and GoogleScholar.

Usage statistics analysis of specialized libraries web sites
Julia Velez and Liz Pagan (University of Puerto Rico) used Google Analytics to explore how two groups of academicians used their libraries’ websites. Their study revealed differences yet suggested ways to better serve the two groups  by working more closely to improve services and access. (Also available in Spanish thanks to the authors.

Information literacy and engineering design: developing an integrated conceptual model
Michael Fosmire (Purdue University, USA)  suggests that engineering librarians have an opportunity to work with students throughout their education careers due to changing curriculum.  He focuses on the information resources and processes needed by engineers for design projects and describes integrate them into the learning process.

Beyond these walls: sending researchers out with Research4Life in their pocket
Kimberly Parker (HINARI, WHO Switzerland), Steve Glover (The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom), Carla Heister  (Yale University Library, USA and Lenny Rhine (Librarians Without Borders®, Medical Library Association, USA) combine forces to describe how science and technology librarians in higher income countries are learning to focus on the information literacy needs of the international students and scientists who pass through their institutions.  They suggest that emphasis should be put on making sure those users will be able to make the best use of information resources in their countries when they return to study, tech and work.

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