2015 Meeting

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
October 23, 2015


8:30-9:00 – Registration and coffee

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:15-10:00 – Keynote

Keynote speaker: Chris Schaffer, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

Dr. Schaffer’s research focuses on the use advanced optical techniques to better understand normal and disease-state physiological processes in the brain. He chairs Cornell University’s open access committee, and served for a year as a science policy advisor to Senator Ed Markey. He will speak to the importance of open access from the perspective of a scientist and a policymaker.

10:00-10:15 – Break

10:15-12:00 – Sessions

Purposeful Gaming: Crowdsourcing the Correction of OCRed Text in Biodiversity Heritage Library: 10:15-10:35
Marty Schlabach
Mann Library, Cornell University

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) of scanned text enables full-text searching. Unfortunately, OCR software does not produce 100% accurate representation of the text, especially with older works having varying fonts, odd layouts and ink bleed-through. Led by Missouri Botanical Garden, and partnering with New York Botanical Garden, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and Cornell, an IMLS-funded project has developed 2 games to engage the public in correcting inaccurately OCRed text in BHL.

Organizing chemical information to support lab safety: 10:35-10:55
Leah McEwen
Cornell University

The Internet provides ready access to a wide variety of information sources relevant to answering chemical safety questions in the laboratory. However, this information is found in a wide variety of formats with varying audiences and intents. The quality of the information is difficult to evaluate, organize, and use to support risk assessment of laboratory work with hazardous chemicals. Professionals in health and safety, chemistry librarianship and informatics are partnering to address these challenges particularly in the academic research and teaching context. Goals are to streamline access to relevant data from authoritative sources, organize and classify chemical safety information to support domain based decision making processes, and tap into digitally curated data in sustainable, scalable. Chemistry librarians are well positioned to support this effort, bringing extensive familiarity with relevant database organization and domain vocabularies, a strong sense of practical solutions to address end user needs and the application of information literacy skills to critically evaluate sources and applications. Participation in this field case in turn informs further service to the chemistry and health and safety communities at our home institutions. This talk will describe a number of collaborative efforts the American Chemical Society Divisions of Chemical Safety (CHAS) and Chemical Information (CINF), the PubChem Project of the National Center of BioInformatics of the National Library of Medicine and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

A Practical Comparison of Scopus and Web of Science: 10:55-11:15
A. Ben Wagner
University at Buffalo

Few organizations can afford both Web of Science and Scopus, making it difficult for librarians to make in-depth comparisons to support acquisition decisions. The new SUNY-wide Elsevier Big Deal included access to Scopus making it possible for our unversity to perform a review based on the current and much improved interfaces of both databases. Search, display, & analysis features will be compared with a special emphasis on author/institution disambiguation via clustering and citation metrics.

Library Video Collaborations: 11:15-11:35
Jill Powell, Jeremy Cusker and Sean Taylor
Cornell University

Library videos are common on YouTube, but finding the time and resources to produce them is a challenge. A collaboration among the engineering librarians, the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute, Library IT, and the Research and Assessment Unit at Cornell identified resources and resulted in the production of 8 videos for specific classes in materials science and biomedical engineering. Jill and Jeremy will discuss the details of the collaboration; Sean the software and hardware used.

Visualizing Place Based Research: 11:35-11:55
Emily Hart; Rob Beutner
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

A research librarian and GIS research specialist at Hobart and William Smith Colleges collaborated to create a place based research tool in the form of an ArcGIS Storymap. The project directly supports an Environmental Studies course that parallels a curriculum wide trend at HWS focusing on sense of place in the Geneva and the greater Finger Lakes area. Learn about relevant data sets, resources, and techniques for place based research.

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch and optional tour of Cornell Plantations

1:30-2:30 – Sessions

Designer Genes, Designer Drugs and Resources Designing “The New Biology”: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: 1:30-1:50
Fred Stoss
SUNY University at Buffalo

A seven-foot 1950s-style model of DNA hangs in my office, as a reminder of what we then knew about “The Molecule of Life.” We today marvel at how far we have come in our understanding of that molecule, its impact on the study of biology, and the new discoveries in “The New Biology” of the Post-Genomic Era. What resources, services, publications and training is required of science librarians to assist students, faculties, and staff. What are today’s driving forces directing “The Newest Biology?”

NIH Public Access Policy: An infographic for outreach: 1:50-2:00
Sarah Young, Erin Eldermire, Gail Steinhart and Jenny Leijonhufvud

We collaborated with our library’s outreach specialist to create an infographic to demystify the process of complying with the NIH’s public access policy for publications. This infographic will be distributed to departments heavily funded by the NIH in an effort to further support researchers in complying with this policy. This may serve as a model for similar visual reference for emerging policies from other funding agencies.

Weeding in the 21st Century: 2:00-2:10
Peter Tagtmeyer
Colgate University

Downsizing a branch library’s floor space by a third necessitates extensive materials de-acquisitioning to the tune of thousands of volumes. This presentation describes the context of downsizing, and the policies and procedures used to determine which materials were recently withdrawn from Colgate University’s Cooley Science Library collections.

Collaborating to improve biological sciences students’ writing and research skills: 2:10-2:20
Tina Chan
SUNY Oswego

Learn how the SUNY Oswego biological sciences librarian, biological sciences faculty member, and biological sciences academic advisement coordinator have collaborated to improve biological sciences students’ writing and research skills by offering a writing workshop and writing labs. The writing workshop teaches how to write lab reports, evaluating and citing sources, and plagiarism. The writing labs allow students to learn research skills and to gain feedback on their lab report draft.

2:30-2:45 – Wrap up and business meeting

3:00 – Optional tours

Planning Committee

Jill Powell, Jill Wilson, Jeremy Cusker, Dianne Dietrich, Erin Eldermire, Kelee Pacion, Sarah J. Wright, Gail Steinhart

Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell Plantations (Botanical Garden and Arboretum)

Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell Plantations (Botanical Garden and Arboretum)

Cornell Plantations (Botanical Garden and Arboretum)

Cornell Plantations (Botanical Garden and Arboretum)