Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Call for Papers and Posters: 2011 Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) of the MLA Annual Meeting

The Contributed Papers and Posters committees of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) invite you to help us "Capitalize on our Strengths" by sending your proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2011 MAC MLA Annual Meeting in Richmond, Virginia from October 10 through 12, 2011 at the Omni Richmond Hotel in downtown Richmond. Papers and posters may range from innovative program descriptions to reports on collaborative outreach activities to behind the scenes technical innovation, from hospital library to academic library to special library. The new MAC Research & Assessment Committee is especially interested in learning about research in librarianship that might benefit from a grant, so we are encouraging presentations on research activities. Contributed paper and poster topics are as unlimited as your imagination, talents, and creativity can devise. There will be two contributed paper and two poster sessions:

  • Contributed papers will be presented on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

  • Poster sessions will be on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 10:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Each poster should have one person available during the session it is presented.
For both paper and poster abstracts, please submit a blinded abstract as well as your regular abstract. For contributed paper proposals, submit a 300 word abstract to describe your paper. Include your name, position title, address, phone number, and email address. The abstract should be sent to:; or Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Center Librarian, Community Health Education Center, 1200 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23298-0582. For poster proposals, submit a 300 word abstract to describe your poster. Include your name, position title, address, phone number, and email address. The abstract should be sent to:; or Margaret Henderson, Research & Education Librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, 509 North 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23298-0582. Abstracts are due June 15, 2011. Use of a structured abstract is encouraged. For more information on writing a structured abstract, please see MLA's Research Section's "The Structured Abstract: An Essential Tool for Researchers." If your paper or poster describes a research project, please let us know, and if possible, let us know what type of research. For information on how to classify research, see "Inventory of Research Methods for Librarianship and Informatics," published in the January 2004 issue of Journal of the Medical Library Association and available at PubMed Central. Please also consult the MLA Style Manual for guidance on style, spelling, and grammar.

2011 MAC/MLA Annual Conference

Please Save the Date! October 10 – October 12, 2011 2011 Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s Annual Conference

Capitalize on Our Strengths

Omni Richmond Hotel Richmond, Virginia

Conference Registration Early bird registration is $200 by 09/02/2011; $250 after 09/02/2011 Conference Schedule CE classes and the Welcome Reception will be held on Monday, October 10. The meeting program will take place on Tuesday, October 11 – Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Lodging for the Meeting The deadline for making hotel reservations at the conference rate is September 19, 2011. The conference rate is $129/night plus tax and $10/night for valet parking for those staying overnight in the conference hotel. Alternate parking opportunities will be available for individuals not staying in the conference hotel. Make your hotel reservations online at: The official conference website will be available in April 2011. For more information, please contact Shannon Jones @, or Barbara Wright @

Friday, March 4, 2011

Candidates for 2012 Board of Directors Announced

For President-Elect:
David Cappoli, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Ca.
Deb Hunt, Information Edge, San Leandro, Ca.

For Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect
Constance Ard, Answer Maven, Louisville, Ky.
Debbie Schachter, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, Canada

For Division Cabinet Chair-Elect
Ann Koopman, Thomas Jefferson University, Broomall, Pa.
Catherine Lavallée Welch, University of South Florida Polytechnic, Lakeland, Fl.

For Director (two positions)
Marilyn Bromley, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
Hal Kirkwood, Purdue University, West Lafayette, In.
Jane Macoustra, Tai-Pan Research, Surrey, United Kingdom
Chris Zammarelli, ATSG, Arlington, Va.

For more information check out the SLA press release at

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Call for Papers for the 2011 Sci-Tech Paper Session at SLA Annual Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 2011 SCI-TECH CONTRIBUTED PAPERS SESSION at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, June 12-15, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
SESSION THEME: "Data: The Next Generation”
SLA DIVISION CO-SPONSORS: Sci-Tech and Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Data curation is the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarly and educational activities across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Data curation activities enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain data quality, add value, and provide for re-use over time. This new field includes representation, archiving, authentication, management, preservation, retrieval, and use. (GSLIS-UIUC)
There is a growing demand by taxpayers, funding agencies, researchers and major scientific journal publishers for access to data being produced during scientific inquiry. Patrons need access to digital data, information about data management plans, data curation, and more. Data curation is creating new roles, opportunities, and challenges for libraries. We are looking for papers that speak to the current and future impacts of data curation on library collection development, service models, instruction, policies, infrastructure (e.g. personnel, financial, technological), etc. How are you engaging researchers and colleagues? How are you educating yourself and others about opportunities? Do you have active programs managing, evaluating, or archiving data?
ELIGIBILITY: Any SLA member is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. Preference will be given to members of the sponsoring Science Divisions listed above.
CRITERIA: Criteria for review will include relevance to the session theme and evidence of scholarship and methodology. We invite papers to explore the many facets of this topic from a proactive rather than a reactive outlook. More weight will be given to papers that include data evaluation and analysis. The topic is broad in order to allow for a variety of submissions from theoretical as well as practical aspects.
ABSTRACT: A 300-500 word abstract should accurately convey the subject of the paper, its scope, conclusions, and relevance to the program theme.
ACCEPTANCE OF PAPERS: If chosen, acceptance of your paper reflects a commitment on your part to:
• Deliver a 15-20 minute presentation at the SLA Annual Conference, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 (noon-1:30pm) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
• Allow your paper to be formally published in the multi-Division bulletin, SciTech News and posted to the Sci-Tech Division Website.

Please consider yourself encouraged to submit an abstract. The deadline is Monday, January 14. See you in Philadelphia!
SUBMIT ABSTRACTS (and questions) TO:
Jeanine Scaramozzino,
Sci-Tech Contributed Papers Committee Chair
College of Science and Mathematics Librarian
School of Education Librarian
Robert E. Kennedy Library, Room 216E
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone 805.756.5677
Fax 805.756.2346

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Call for Papers- 2011 SLA Conference

Call for Contributed Papers
Share Your Research with Your Peers

SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the 2011 Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO, to be held June 12-15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This is your opportunity as a member of SLA to share your research and scholarship with your colleagues and peers. Topics must be related to the conference theme, "Future Ready," or to one of the sub-themes:

•Communicating value through strategic alignment;
•Leveraging technology for innovation; and
•Using knowledge sharing to encourage collaboration.
Every SLA member is encouraged to submit an abstract. The proposals will be evaluated by a panel of SLA members in a blind review, and the strongest will be selected for development into full papers.

Requirements for Acceptance

Topics should be related to library science, information management, research or other issues pertinent to client service, technology, or administration in special libraries. Proposals will be judged on their relevance to the conference theme or one of the sub-themes as well as on the strength of the ideas, quality of the writing and potential member interest.

Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:

•At least one author is a member of SLA,
•At least one author commits to presenting the paper at the annual conference.
•The proposal is received by the deadline.
•The paper has not been published in or submitted to any other publication or conference planning group.
•The author and any co-authors must be willing to sign a copyright assignment form that will permit SLA to use the paper in various formats.

Proposals are due December 13. Submit an abstract of your paper to Martha Foote at Abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words in length, or roughly one page in 12-point text.

All applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by 17 January 2011. Those with the strongest proposals will be invited to develop them into full papers.

Completed papers and copyright assignment forms are due no later than 2 May 2011. Authors will deliver a 15-minute presentation of their papers with three or four colleagues during a 90-minute Contributed Papers session at the conference.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NCSLA International Travel Award

The North Carolina Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is sponsoring a one- time International Conference Travel Award. The purpose of the award is to provide an opportunity for a librarian outside of the United States and Canada to attend the annual Special Libraries Association (SLA) conference. The award will cover conference registration, lodging and airfare, up to and not exceeding US $2,000. The SLA annual conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA. USA, June 12-15, 2011. Contact Susan Forbes at if you have questions about this opportunity. You can also download this announcement as a pdf.

• Applicants must reside in a non-G8 country, and must be currently employed in a library, information center, library school or as an information professional with a company, government or non-profit organization.
• Applicants must be eligible to obtain a visa for travel to the United States of America.
• As a condition of receiving the award, applicants must indicate the amount and source of additional funding which, combined with the Travel Award, will permit them to cover their expenses to attend the Annual Conference.
• The chapter reserves the right not to grant an award if no applications are received that meet all eligibility requirements and adhere to all the application procedures.

Application Procedures
1. Prepare a written statement, in English, of approximately 750 words, answering the following questions:
a. What do you hope to gain from the conference?
b. How do you intend to participate in the SLA in the future?

2. Submit a current curriculum vitae OR resume that includes information on the candidate's professional career, professional activities with SLA and other organizations (including offices held and involvement in any special projects or services), publications, and any other relevant professional information.

Submit the above documents, along with your address, telephone number, and email address, in PDF, Rich Text Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word by EMAIL to Susan Forbes:

Applications must be received by January 15, 2011

Applications will be reviewed by the award committee and applicants will receive notification of award status by early February 2010. The award check will be sent to the recipient after the conference, as soon as the receipts are received by NCSLA Chapter Treasurer.

Post-Award Requirements
The recipient is required to submit a short essay (500-750 words) describing their conference experience and how it was beneficial to them.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Communications Leader Introduction

Hi NCSLA members,

My name is Jeanne Hoover and I will be the new Communications Leader this year. I recently moved to North Carolina from Pennsylvania to take a Science Reference Librarian position at the J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University. I first got involved with SLA as a student member while completing my MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. I am looking forward to meeting each one of you. Please feel free to send me any news that I can include on the blog or in the newsletter. You can contact me at Thank you!