2005 Meeting

Friday, October 21, 2005
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Panel 1 – “Innovations in Reference”

  • One-Stop Shopping: The Binghamton University Science Library Information Services Desk. Alesia McManus, Head, Science Library, Binghamton University
  • It’s a “piece of cake” The New Integrated Service Desk in the Engineering Library at Cornell University. Mary Patterson, Associate Reference Librarian, Engineering Library, Cornell University
  • Instant Messaging at Binghamton University. Erin Rushton, Science Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Binghamton University
  • Chat Reference@UB. Jill Hackenberg, Head of Instant Librarian and Computer Science Librarian, Arts & Sciences Libraries, University at Buffalo

Panel 2 – “Collections in Transition”

  • Migrating to Electronic Resources: Libraries in Transition: The Folsom Library at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Evelyn Constance Powell, Chemical & Physical Sciences Librarian, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Evaluating the Risks and Benefits of Going E-Only. A. Ben Wagner, Chemistry & Physics Librarian, Arts & Sciences Libraries, University at Buffalo

Panel 3 – ” New Strategies for Instruction & Outreach”

  • Physics 213: An Example of Faculty/Librarian Collaboration. Pat Viele, Physics & Astronomy Librarian, Cornell University
  • From Google Map Hacks to GIS: Meeting Users’ Needs for Geographic Information. Gail Steinhart, GIS and Spatial Data Librarian, Mann Library, Cornell University
  • Subject Area Expertise in the Library: What Does it Entail? Medha Devare, Bioinformatics and Life Sciences Specialist, Mann Library, Cornell University

Earthquake Simulation Facility (Ketter Hall)
The Earthquake Simulation Facility, in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo has an extensive earthquake simulation, structural, and geotechnical engineering testing facility that is a key node in a nationwide earthquake engineering “collaboratory” – the National Science Foundation’s “Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation” (NEES). Opened in fall 2004, the $21 million dollar facility includes 2 “shake tables” capable of real-time seismic testing of structures up to 120 feet in length and 30 feet in height. This facility investigates how monumental buildings, bridges, and other structures behave during quakes. Our tour will include viewing a short video and seeing a shake table laboratory.

Center for Computational Research (Norton Hall)
The University at Buffalo’s Center for Computational Research (CCR) was created in 1998 to enable research and scholarship at UB, provide cross-disciplinary outreach and training in computational and information sciences, and to effect technology transfer among a broad range of local enterprises requiring high-end computing, data storage, networking, and visualization in the areas of science, engineering, media, finance, law, medicine, management, and architecture, to name just a few. CCR supports computational-intensive research via its staff and supercomputing resources. Efforts in visualization support work in high-performance computing (from the desktop to high-end state-of-the-art display devices) and in virtual reality.