More Conferences and Meetings

by | May 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Events sponsored by the Digital Curation Centre; Mississippi State University; NFAIS; ALCTS and NASIG.

8th International Digital Curation Conference – Call for Papers

The theme of this year’s conference is Infrastructure,Intelligence,Innovation:driving the Data Science and it will be held on 14-16 January 2013 at the Mövenpick Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The theme recognises that in recent years there has been an explosion in the amount of data available, whether from tweets to blogs, data from sensors through to “citizen science”, government data, health and genome data and social survey data.

Technology allows us to treat as ‘data’ content which would not once have merited the term – recordings of speech or song, video of dance or theatre or animal behaviour – and to treat as quantitative what once could only be qualitative.

There are challenges in finding data and making it findable, in the ability to use it effectively, to take and understand data, to process, to analyse and extract value from data, to visualize data and then to communicate the stories behind it.

This process is now being termed data science. It is being used across sectors to describe a wide range of data activities in the commercial, government and academic sectors dealing with information whose primary purpose is often not research-related. Activities are not discipline-specific; in fact data science is being described in some quarters as a new discipline.

MSU Libraries eResource and Emerging Technologies Summit – Call for Proposals Extended

The 2012 MSU Libraries eResource and Emerging Technologies Summit (MSU-LEETS) programming committee has extended its deadline to May 18th for accepting proposals for Steal-this-Idea speakers and poster sessions. The Steal-this-Idea talks will be 45 minutes to one hour in length, including time for discussion. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that share their own experiences in working with eResources and/or applying social media and emerging technologies in academic libraries. Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:


  • the impact of eResources on technical services
  • managing eResources (P vs E)
  • ERMS implementation and use
  • institutional repositories
  • managing multiple URLs in an OPAC
  • licensing and access issues in a consortium
  • eBook acquisition and workflow

Emerging Technologies:

  • tablets and/or mobile applications in an academic environment
  • eBooks and e-readers
  • social media applications
  • cloud computing
  • campus outreach
  • augmented reality
  • assessment strategies

Please submit 150-200 word proposals for Steal-this-Idea or poster sessions (Emerging Technologies only) by filling out the application located here: Proposals must be received by May 18th, 2012 in order to be considered.

NFAIS Workshop on Digital Information and User Behavior: Transforming Libraries,
Content, and Learning. Discounted Registrations Now Available.

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will hold a one-day workshop, Digital Information and User Behavior: Transforming Libraries, Content and Learning on June 15, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA from 9:00am – 4:30pm EDST. Virtual attendance is optional for those unable to travel to Philadelphia and discounted registrations are available now through June 1st.

The emergence of e-content, search engines and the Web more than twenty years ago has shaped a new generation of information seekers. How they access, read, and use information is fundamentally different from the behavior created by the print medium. This new behavior is transforming library infrastructures and services, is driving the conversion of books and textbooks into innovative tools for education, and is changing how traditional reference information is accessed and delivered.

How has information behavior changed in academia? What new library infrastructures are being tested? Is a totally virtual library on the horizon? Are library collections changing and if so, how should the return on library investment being measured? Is the use of e-books and e-textbooks increasing significantly? How is the use of all this digital material changing the educational experience? And how are traditional reference works being delivered to meet the needs of today’s academic libraries and the users that they serve? This workshop will attempt to answer these questions and more as we take a look at the ongoing impact of digital information usage behavior on those who serve the information seeker. Highlights include:

· An overview of current digital information usage behavior by Carol Tenopir, Director of Research & Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, University of Tennessee.

· Case studies from Johns Hopkins University Medical library, Lesley University Library, and the Research Library at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will look at the impact of digital information usage behavior on the future of physical holdings, collection development, new services, and the future of brick and mortar facilities.

· A look at the factors to be considered when measuring the ROI for libraries based upon recent research studies from Donald King, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

· Trends in global e-Book consumption from studies done by R. R. Bowker.

· A look at how traditional reference works and textbooks are being delivered to meet the needs of today’s users and an innovative classroom learning experience using e-textbooks and iPads recently piloted at Temple University in Philadelphia.

· A look at how current trends such as use of social media may impact the future of libraries, content and learning based on research from Cathy Marshall, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley.

The program and registration forms are available at:

Onsite Attendance: on or before June 1, 2012, NFAIS members pay $385, members of Sister-societies pay $405, and non-members pay $435 (registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day beverages). After June 1st, NFAIS members pay $435, members of Sister-societies pay $455, and non-members pay $485.

Virtual Attendance: on or before June 1, 2012, NFAIS members pay $335, members of Sister-Societies pay $355, and non-members pay $385. After June 1st, NFAIS members pay $385, members of Sister-societies pay $405, and non-members pay $435.

Unlimited Virtual Attendance: Groups of 3 or more can attend at the following reduced rates: NFAIS members, $995, Sister-society members $1,195, and non-members $1,395.

For more information contact: Jill O’Neill, NFAIS Director, Communication and Planning, 215-893-1561 (phone); 215-893-1564 (fax); or go to

 Rare Materials and RDA: Exploring the Issues – ALCTS webinar

This webinar is scheduled for May 23, 2012.  All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: Are you unsure about how (or whether) to apply RDA to rare materials? This webinar will present an overview of RDA provisions related to rare materials, including both bibliographic and authority records, and will explore how well RDA and Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) can be used together to describe rare materials. The webinar will reflect work sponsored by the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s Bibliographic Standards Committee, including a white paper prepared by the presenters.

Who Should Attend? Catalogers of rare materials with a desire to learn more about cataloging rare materials in an RDA environment.

Presenters: Robert L. Maxwell is senior librarian and chair of the Special Collections and Formats Catalog Department at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. His most recent book, FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed, was published in 2008. He has chaired the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee of ACRL and has served on the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) of ALCTS. He is the author of the Highsmith Award-winning Maxwell’s Guide to Authority Work as well as Maxwell’s Guide to AACR2, and is currently completing the manuscript for Maxwell’s Guide to RDA, to be published soon by ALA.

John Attig is Authority Control Librarian at Penn State University, where he has worked since 1978 and where he currently holds the rank of Distinguished Librarian. He has been active in the development and maintenance of standards relating to cataloging, including the MARC 21 formats, AACR2, and RDA. Since 2007, he has served as the American Library Association’s representative to the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA. He was one of the editors of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books).

Single Webinar Registration Fees:  $39 ALCTS Member; $49 Non-member; $39 International; $99 Group (a group of people that will watch it together).


To register, complete the online registration form or or register by mail for the session you would like to attend.


Effective Negotiation in the 21st Century: From Computer-Mediated Communication to Playing Hardball

May 22nd at 3-4 pm (EDT)

While negotiation is one of the most critical skills a librarian can develop, it is rarely addressed in any depth in library school. Some librarians may think negotiation is the purview of those charged with negotiating licenses, but this is far from the case. We all negotiate on a daily basis, and this webinar will cover negotiation techniques from the basics of communication theory to the finer points of negotiation preparation and technique. The presenters will draw upon advice from the wider world of negotiation theory as well as from thought-leaders in the library community. The session will also include suggestions for dealing with some of the larger issues that affect a librarian’s ability to reach the best possible negotiated agreement including: salary negotiation; working with Big Deals and flat budgets; navigating user communities and funding agencies; and interacting with generally unhappy patrons and co-workers. The presenters have a recently released book on this topic, “The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age.”


Beth Ashmore, Samford University Library Jill Grogg, University of Alabama Sara E. Morris, University of Kansas

Webinar Rates:

NASIG members: $35

NASIG non-member: $50

Group registration: $95

Webinar Registration:

Registration deadline: May 21, 2012

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