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

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