SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

DBIO Programs

SLA 2016 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO June 12-14, 2016
Pennsylvania Convention and Exhibition Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ruth Gustafson
Ruth Gustafson Chair of the 2015 DBIO Programming Committee

2016 SLA Annual Conference DBIO Program


6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Biomedical & Life Sciences Division Officers and Committee Chairs' Meeting/Dinner

The DBIO board and committee members will meet to review 2015 activities and projects undertaken by the division and discuss the plans for the current conference.

Moderator: Nalini Mahajan, Medical Library Director and Webmaster, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, and DBIO Past Chair
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division
Sponsored by: Anonymous Donor


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SLA to Induct Janet Weiss into Hall of Fame

Janet Weiss will be honored during the SLA Opening General Session and Awards Presentation.A member of SLA since 1976, Janet Weiss is associate director of the scientific library at Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Development, Inc., in New Jersey. During her four decades as an SLA member, Janet has been indispensable to several units, especially the New Jersey Chapter, the New Jersey-Greater Princeton/Trenton Chapter, the Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division, and the Biomedical & Life Sciences Division. Janet chaired the Biomedical & Life Sciences Division in 2007, and has also served that unit over the years as fundraising, professional development, and vendor relations chairs.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Vaccines in the 21st Century

Vaccine safety has become a 21st-century public health topic rife with inaccurate public information. Future survival from new and emerging diseases depends on the continued development of new vaccine technological advances. Information professionals who work with the public or in an educational or biomedical setting are better poised to help their clients when they are well informed about vaccines, and know where to find reliable sources. The program will provide you with detailed information on vaccine policy and practices, and the latest technologies being used in the ever-changing world of infectious diseases.

Moderator: TBA
Speaker: Paul A. Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center, and Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Offit is also the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division (Lead), and the Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division
Sponsored by: New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
What Good Is a Museum Library in the 21st Century?

The emphasis of the session will be on the role of libraries (and librarians) in natural history museums (and other museums, for that matter) in enhancing the role of their museum’s collections for research and society. Museums are writing transformative grants, including designing projects to invite their public to help expand their digital spaces, and libraries are working right alongside them (e.g. a grant to create an interactive online game to entice people – all sorts of people – to transcribe old field notes from the 19th and 20th centuries through crowdsourcing). You will learn about large projects such as the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and smaller ones such as cataloging old lantern slides from early expeditions. These vintage photographs (basically, a lantern slide is a positive print of a photograph on a glass slide) may show organism’s habitat ranges from a century or more ago and can be compared to recent Google Earth images to assess if there evidence of habitat destruction through natural processes or through the impact of climate change.

Moderator: TBA

•Marleene Boyd, Librarian at the Bill Laxon Maritime Library, New Zealand Maritime

• Dorothy Barr, Reference librarian, at the Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and Natural History Caucus Convener

Presented By: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division (Lead) with the Natural History Caucus (Planning), and Museums, Arts & Humanities Division
Sponsored by: TBA

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Medical Section Gathering
The Medical Section of DBIO will hold a gathering at Pennsylvania 6 restaurant with appetizers hosted by the section and no-host dinner/drinks. Join us for a lively and informal conversation. This will provide a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, foster relationships, meet members, and gain new knowledge.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 7pm-10pm
Location: Pennsylvania 6 @ 114 S.12th St Philadelphia, PA 19107
To RSVP: Please contact Danielle Walker, Medical Section chair via email


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Biomedical and Life Science Division Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting

Join your DBIO colleagues to review the accomplishments of the past year, learn about the plans for the future, and celebrate our award winners. All major officers of the division will present their reports to the membership. Suggestions for next year's convention programs will be taken from the floor and candidates for next year's officers and committee members will be solicited.

Speaker: Nalini Mahajan, Medical Library Director and Webmaster, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, and DBIO Past Chair
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division
Price: Member--US $32.00 | Student Member--US $20.00 | Non-Member--US $40.00
Sponsored by: TBA

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Natural History Caucus Business Meeting

All interested DBIO and SLA members are invited to join us for our Annual Business Meeting.

Speaker: Dorothy Barr, Research Librarian, Harvard University Libraries, Natural History Caucus Convener
Presented by: Natural History Caucus
Sponsored by: TBA

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
All Sciences Poster Session & Reception

Join your colleagues in the sciences for an entertaining evening of viewing the latest in science librarianship research while munching on great tasting goodies. Renew acquaintances, meet new friends, chat with others interested in the same research area, and see what is new and hot in science librarianship.

Moderator: TBA
Presented by: Science-Technology Division (Lead); Biomedical & Life Sciences Division; Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division; Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division; Food Agriculture & Nutrition Division; Engineering Division; and Chemistry Division
Sponsored by: TBA


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Citizen Science: How Communities, Scientists, and Libraries Can Engage Together in Scientific Discovery

Learn about how the general public is contributing to professional scientific research in their communities and beyond, as well as what roles are available for libraries and librarians in bringing citizens and scientists together.

Moderator: TBA
Speaker: TBA
Presented by: Environmental & Resources Management Division (Lead), and Biomedical & Life Sciences Division
Sponsored by: TBA

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Stress Management Laugh: For the Health of It

Humor therapist Elaine Lundberg takes a humorous yet practical approach to wellness and stress management. She educates, motivates and helps anyone learn to effectively incorporate positive humor into their personal and professional lives. Come prepared to lighten up and learn to take your work and life seriously but yourself lightly! This is her 3rd DBIO sponsored visit at the Annual Conference. Come early. Her sessions are filled to the max.

Speaker/Therapist: Elaine Lundberg
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division (Lead), and the Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division.
Sponsored by: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The Science of Food and Biocultural Evolution: Implications for the Future of Food

This session will be of interest to biomedical and health science information professionals, particularly those who work closely with healthcare professionals and researchers, to gain a better understanding of current research in this area, but also to a broad audience who is interested in the many roles cuisine traditions play in our everyday life. The session will focus on the science of food and biocultural evolution of several cuisine traditions that, which until contemporary times, provided sufficiently balanced diets to support the success of many different food traditions. The health of population is constantly challenged presently by dietary imbalances which cause many diet-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, etc.

Moderator: TBA
Dr. Solomon H. Katz, director of the Krogman Center for Childhood Growth and Development, at the University of Pennsylvania and a leading expert on the anthropology of food
Presented by: Food, Agriculture & Nutrition Division (Lead), and the Biomedical & Life Sciences Division
Sponsored by: TBA


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tour of the Academy of Natural Sciences

Join members of the Biomedical & Life Sciences Division and the Natural History Caucus for a tour of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Discover dinosaurs, dioramas, a butterfly garden and much more. There is also a wonderful Library that is open to the public afternoons and houses, among other treasures, a double-elephant-folio-sized, original copy of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America. Just outside the Library is an exhibit called “We Wrote the Book,” featuring about two hundred books written by men and women with ties to the Academy. You will have an opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues as well as visit one of the nation’s oldest and most preeminent natural history museums.

Location: The Academy of Natural Sciences is in walking distance from the Convention Hotel How can you get there?
1) Walk in a group from the Convention Hotel, or
2) You can meet us in front of the Academy.
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division (Lead) and the Natural History Caucus (planning)
Cost: $15 Members of Biomedical & Life Sciences Division and the Natural History Caucus | $15 Non-Member | $10 Student
No-Host Lunch:
Consider joining us for lunch after the museum’s visit

Rev. June 2016