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, jscaramo@calpoly.edu
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 mfoote@libraryco.ca. 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 forbes16@gmail.com 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: forbes16@gmail.com

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 jeannehoover@gmail.com. Thank you!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Debbie Balsamo, National Program Manager for the Environmental Protection Agency's Library Network received the North American Quantum2 InfoStar Award, presented by Dialog at the 2010 SLA Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO in New Orleans. The award is presented annually to professionals "whose achievements demonstrate leadership and inspire others in their industry." Among other things, Debbie was given praise for her work in implementing the "Ask a Librarian" virtual reference service at EPA.

Debbie is a long-time member and former NCSLA President.

Read more about this award in a press release from Dialog.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Upcoming Events for Fall 2010

NCSLA members spoke and the board listened! A roundtable-style event has been planned for September to address the wide array of interests expressed in the programming survey.

What: NCSLA Roundtable
When: September 17, 2010, 1:00-4:00 PM
Where: US Environmental Protection Agency
109 Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Who: All members of the North Carolina library community are welcome to attend—spread the word to your public, school media, academic and special library colleagues!

Registration is open through September 14th, 2010.


Are you a North Carolina librarian, grad student, or new to the area? Want to get more involved with your local professional associations, but not sure where to start? Join NCSLA and NMRT for this unique Networking event in October. Afterwards, meet up for more a more casual networking experience at our networking dinner from 5:30-7:30 PM, location TBA.

What: Joint NCSLA & NMRT Networking Event

When: October 7, 2010, 3:30-5:00

Where: location TBA

Who: All members of the North Carolina library community are welcome to attend.


Save the date for these events later in the year

Educational workshop/seminar on Friday, Oct 22nd at Center for Creative Living in Greensboro, focused on professional attire/presence.

Annual Awards Banquet and Officer’s Installation on Thursday, December 2nd at The Rizzo Conference Center at Meadowmont in Chapel Hill.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Call for Propsals - Info Literacy Conference in Charlotte, NC

5th Annual Information Literacy Conference
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Johnson & Wales University
Charlotte, NC

Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: 5pm on Friday, April 9, 2010

What is the "5th Annual Information Literacy Conference"?

It is a one-day conference covering the various aspects of Information Literacy in academic institutions, public libraries or K – 12 education.

What presentation/poster topics are you looking for?

Throughout the day the presentations can cover anything from the basics of information literacy, how to write your information literacy program, success stories, tools to assist in the implementation and more! Click
here to see what sessions and posters were offered last year.

All topics relating to Information Literacy will be considered. Some sample topics include:
  • Mobile sites
  • Virtual library
  • Sending students off as learners
  • Teachers & Librarians as partners
  • NC Wise Owl & NC LIVE
Is there a registration fee reduction for presenters?
Presenters will receive half-price registration.

How do I submit a presentation/poster proposal?

Complete the
Session Proposal Form and submit it by Friday, April 9, 2010.

What if I have other questions?

Send questions to Cheryl Ann Coyle, 2010 Metrolina Library Association President, at

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

LSU Summer course on publishing for librarians

This course helps an author to find an appropriate market for an article and to polish it up through a double blind peer review and revision process.

Students who wrote and revised articles in this class the last four summers have had them published in professional journals.

Editors of library publications who are looking for good articles will visit the class. They will answer questions and give advice.

Click here to view a syllabus for this course.

For information about the course, contact Michelynn McKnight, Assistant Professor mmck@lsu.edu

For information about registering as a non-matriculated student, contact LaToya Coleman Joseph, Administrative Coordinator lcjoseph@lsu.edu

Friday, February 12, 2010

Greensboro Networking Dinner Indefinitely Postponed

The Networking Potluck dinner to be hosted by Mary and Rick Lane on Saturday February 27th will unfortunately indefinitely postponed.

The events in Chapel Hill and Durham are still on.

This Thursday February 18th, hosted at the Robertson's home in Chapel Hill. RSVP to Dav at robert11@niehs.nih.gov or call (919) 541-1386.

The following Thursday February 25th at California Pizza Kitchen at Southpoint Mall. Contact Jill Robinson to participate at jill@nclive.org

Networking Dinners

February 18 - NCSLA Networking dinner at the Robertsons' home, and ***Happy Retirement*** for Larry Wright
RSVP to me at robert11@niehs.nih.gov or call me at (919) 541-1386.
Eliza and I invite you to a potluck dinner at our new home in Fearrington Village, about eight miles south of Chapel Hill, just off of Hwy 15-501.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 18Time: 6:00 pm --8:00 pm
We will provide vegetarian lasagna and vino. Since we can only accommodate about 20, please RSVP to me to let me know you're coming and what you'll bring. Suggestions: salad, dessert, appetizers, or something out-of-the blue!
Larry Wright, my longtime colleague at the NIEHS Library, retired the first of January. Come give him your BEST WISHES and find out what he's going to do now! Let's convince him to stay active in NCSLA!
DON'T TRUST GOOGLE MAPS OR ANY OTHER ONLINE MAP SERVICE to find us! We're too new for our address to be reflected accurately on these maps.
RSVP to me at robert11@niehs.nih.gov or call me at (919) 541-1386.

February 25 - Durham
The Durham area networking dinner is scheduled for Thursday, February 25th, 6:30 PM at California Pizza Kitchen at Southpoint Mall. To participate please contact Jill Robinson at jill@nclive.org

February 27 - Greensboro
Networking Potluck dinner on Saturday February 27th at 7:00 will be hosted by Mary and Rick Lane . They will provide wine and beverages. Others can let Mary know what they'd like to bring or ask what's needed to fill in. Please RSVP to Mary Lane at MLane@lortobco.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Networking Dinners

I hope that each of you had a great Holiday season!

Once again it is time to get ready for the annual neighborhood networking dinners in February. This fun and relaxing event has become one of the most popular events of the chapter. This is a time to informally meet and greet with colleagues and students that live and/or work in your city. If you would like to volunteer to host a dinner (breakfast or lunch are also options), please let me know by January 22nd.

I will need to know a date in February, time, place (home or name of restaurant), and your contact information for people to RSVP. I will compile and send out all networking opportunities to the discussion list.

I look forward to getting representatives from across the state.

If you have any questions about the networking dinners or suggestions for future events, please contact me at tbmccollough@gmail.com

I look forward to serving all of you this year.