SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

2010 Contributed Posters

All Sciences Poster Session 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Division Co-sponsors: Chemistry (Lead); Biomedical & Life Sciences; Engineering; Food, Agriculture & Nutrition; Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics; and Science-Technology

Sponsors: ACS Publications, CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Cross Ref

Moderators: Irene Laursen, William W. Armstrong, and Christine Pikas (Chemistry); Thea Allen (Science-Technology); Eleanor MacLean (Biomedical & Life Sciences); Valerie Perry (Food, Agriculture & Nutrition); Jennifer Hart (Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics); Laurie Allen (Engineering)

Coordinator: Irene Laursen (Chemistry)

Theme 1: New Strategic Alignments

Theme 2: Survival and Success Beyond an Economic Recession

Theme 3: Information Literacy, User Instruction and E-Learning: New Methods, New Participants, New Tools

Theme 1: New Strategic Alignments

In the currently recovering global economy, new cooperative arrangements are emerging to help our parent organizations or our core units--libraries, information centers, knowledge bases--adjust to rapidly evolving economic conditions. These developments may include new consortial initiatives, redesign of specific sectors of the workforce, outreach to new constituencies, innovative alliances between academe and the for-profit sector, or other collaborative scientific ventures. Come share pivotal steps of the process, changes in responsibilities or reporting relationships, and lessons learned from the success or failure of these ventures in the sciences.

1. Change is Coming: Reference Services Transformation at the Georgia Tech Library
    Bing Wang (, Reference Librarian, Georgia Tech Library and Information Center.

Abstract: The Georgia Tech Library is planning to close the reference desk and use one information/circulation service point with 2nd and 3rd tier referral system for reference questions. The newly designed service desk will open for business in fall 2010. Task forces are formed to work on issues related to layout, operations, training, referral, branding/signage, and visitor policy. This poster will discuss strategies used in making the transition and challenges associated with the change.

2. Fueling the Research Engine: Improving Library Outreach and Services to Postdocs
    Tina O'Grady (, Polly Beam (; Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, NY)

Abstract: The NIH and NSF define postdoctoral scholars or "postdocs," as scientists in a period of "mentored advanced training"(1). Postdocs are often considered the "research engine of the scientific enterprise"(2). In the United States, approximately 89,000 postdocs work in institutions across the sciences(3). In spite of their large numbers and importance to the research enterprise, concerns with the quality and outcomes of their research training are widely discussed. At Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Dean of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences has identified support for this diverse group of researchers as a priority for the School - and for the Library.

Literature surveys reveal little about library services to postdocs. Identifying postdocs' information needs and finding ways to meet them offers opportunities for the Library to better serve this constituency and to strengthen ties with the Dean's Office and other units.

In the past the Library has made attempts to reach out to postdocs, with mixed success. To better understand this group we plan to conduct a survey and lead focus groups. The poster will share pros, cons, successes and failures of outreach strategies including orientation sessions, handouts, fliers, and presence at postdoc events. Initial findings from survey and focus groups will be presented.

1. Baker M. Postdoc redefined. Nature. 2007 Apr 26;446(7139):1114.
2. Castaneda S. Who cares about postdocs? International Educator (Washington, D.C.). 2009 January/February;18(1):58-9.
3. National Science Board. Science and engineering indicators 2010. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation; 2010.

3. From Subject Selectors to College and Interdisciplinary Teams
    April Love, Daureen Nesdill (, Maria Hunt; University of Utah

Abstract: The renovation of the J .Willard Marriott Library, coupled with the changing responsibilities of public services librarians and the decreases in financial support, has forced librarians to evaluate their strategic alignment. The new Knowledge Commons has become the center for in-person reference and technical assistance. An Online Services unit addresses email and chat reference services along with research guides. The Digital Scholarship Lab focuses on data management, research projects involving the use of audio and video studios, usability testing, and new technologies as they become available. The traditional tasks of collection development and outreach to the subject departments became the responsibility of College and Interdisciplinary Teams or CITs. Public services librarians, therefore, had two organizational structures under which to work: task-focused and subject-oriented structures.

The earlier Science and Engineering Library had five staff. Forming the new Science, Health, Engineering, and Mining (SHEM) CIT increased the number of librarians addressing these subjects to eleven. The former head of the Science and Engineering Library has joined the Digital Scholarship Lab. SHEM's new team leader, new to the role of leader, is now leading the group that includes his/her present and previous supervisor. The budget for purchasing books is now cross-disciplinary; it is intended to sustain the entire CIT rather than one specific subject cluster. Research support, outreach, and course-integrated information literacy duties are routed to the entire team rather than to individual team members. How the team approached the challenges of reorganization and problem-solving will be the focus of this presentation.

4. Leveraging Technical Expertise Using Boeing Library Services
    Mary Silva Whittaker (; The Boeing Company.

Abstract: The Boeing Library is improving access to external and internal technical information via the library catalog, customized webpages, and special collections - experts. This library service helps Boeing workgroups leverage their expertise across the enterprise.

Library Catalog
The Boeing library catalog offers an affordable platform to capture, organize, and share digitized technical papers across the enterprise or to a selected audience within the Boeing firewall. The catalog has good search capabilities, a controlled vocabulary, and flexible delivery options. The catalog can provide a simple record with or without a detailed abstract, or it can provide an entire document for immediate full-text access. The library provides access to Boeing technical expertise as well as external content such as AIAA, IEEE, ACM, Knovel, and NAFEMS.

Customized Webpages
Gateway webpages that present information resources on a particular topic help to bridge the gap between knowledge management and library resources. These pages can facilitate quick access to external and internal technical expertise, as well as connections across business units. Gateway webpages can be customized to a group's knowledge and content specifications. Librarians can set up the webpage to provide quick access to the external information databases and subscriptions that the group uses most often, and also to particular documents. The library staff can add the documents used by a group to the library catalog, creating special collections within our Library system where material can be accessed by a team of employees from this page with one click.

Special Collections - Experts
Career engineers and scientists at The Boeing Company have produced significant bodies of work in fields which, when combined with notes about their work or lessons learned, constitute a definitive view into that subject area. To make this information permanently discoverable for reuse across Boeing, the library is compiling these bodies of work into searchable special expert collections.

A further advantage of the Library Catalog, Gateway Webpages, and Special Collections - Experts as an access point for company technical papers is the potential to reveal Boeing authors with similar interests and similar projects across the enterprise.

5. Meeting Institutional Missions and Goals with VIVO, a Web-based Research Discovery Tool
    Michele R. Tennant (, Sara Russell Gonzalez (, Valrie Davis (, George O. Hack (, Mike Conlon (; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Medha H. Devare (, Cornell University; Kristi L. Holmes (, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Abstract: SLA's Alignment Project seeks to align library and information services and resources with the vision, mission and goals of the parent institution. For institutions with research missions, collaboration and discovery are key. Twenty-first century science requires a team-based multi-disciplinary approach. Researchers need to discover experts with similar and complementary experience to create research teams. Institutional administrators require tools to identify research trends at their institutions and identify and track competitors. Librarians need to identify institutional research and educational priorities to create appropriate information services and build relevant collections. One tool - VIVO - can lead researchers, administrators, and librarians to the information required to meet the institution's goals.

In 2003 the Cornell University Library staff aligned their expertise with the research and educational missions of their institution and created VIVO - a web-based researcher directory and discovery tool. In 2009 seven partner institutions were awarded $12.2 million by the National Institutes of Health to enhance and expand VIVO into a national network of researchers. Partner institutions have followed the lead of Cornell and place the library at the center of user instruction, adoption facilitation, and other key activities, thus aligning the libraries' services with institutional needs.

6. Project Euclid: Innovative Partnership between a University Library and a University Press
    Mira Waller (, Project Euclid, Duke University Press; David Ruddy (, Project Euclid, Cornell University Library

Abstract: Cornell University Library launched Project Euclid in 2000, with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to provide an affordable online repository and publishing mechanism for small and independent mathematics and statistics journals. As Project Euclid grew from a resource of six journals to an online hub of information, providing access to hundreds of libraries and thousands of individuals worldwide, Cornell saw the need for a partner to help expand and enhance services. In July 2008, a formal joint venture agreement between Cornell University Library and Duke University Press was announced and a project manager was hired. Duke began providing publishing services in marketing, sales, and order fulfillment for Project Euclid's participating publishers and institutional subscribers. Aided by Duke's expertise in the publishing arena, Project Euclid’s subscriber base has broadened and deepened, resulting in greater global exposure for journals and a growing number of monographs and conference proceedings.

Cornell has continued to provide and develop the technical infrastructure for Project Euclid, including archiving and preservation strategies to ensure robust and reliable access to this content for future scholars, researchers, and students. This poster will focus on the challenges, successes, and lessons learned during the past two years from this cross-institutional University Library/University Press collaboration.

Theme 2: Survival and Success Beyond an Economic Recession

How do we promote, preserve, and redesign our research and analytical services in 2010 and beyond ? Let's look at how new operational models (scientific, technical, engineering, and medical e-book vendors, formal and informal modes of scientific communication, intergovernmental initiatives) are evolving, what we can do to improve them, and projections for academe, business, and industry in the scientific environment.

1. A Year of Mobile Librarianship at NASA Goddard
    Michael Chesnes (, NASA Goddard Library, Greenbelt, Maryland

Abstract: The NASA Goddard Library began its Mobile Librarian Project in February 2009 to serve a population of over 7000 scientists, engineers, and support staff in more than 30 buildings across a two square mile campus. The Project was conceived as a way of bringing customers separated from the physical Library into contact with Reference Librarians. The Project began with a three month pilot phase, and since the spring of 2009 has been a regular Library service. For eight hours per week, two Reference Librarians, and occasionally other Library staff, sit at a table with a laptop and Library literature near a building entrance with concentrated foot traffic. The buildings chosen for Mobile Librarian service rotated on a monthly basis, with each Reference Librarian serving a different building on alternating days. The Reference Librarians provided the customers with a mixture of ready reference, library instruction, interlibrary loan, circulation, and interviews for extensive reference research. In some buildings the Library staff and services were already well known, while in others most customers were only familiar with the Library's electronic resources, not realizing everything that Reference Librarians could do for them. In the first year of the Mobile Librarian Project, the number of questions contributed by the Project to the total number of reference questions increased by 11% and included two large reference projects. The Mobile Librarian Project has been a successful extension of the Goddard Library to reach out to our customers that otherwise would not have visited the Library.

2. Mobile Librarian Service to the Wayne State University College of Nursing
    Nancy A. Wilmes (, Librarian Liaison for Wayne State University College of Nursing, Detroit

Abstract: In recent years, College of Nursing faculty and students have visited the Science and Engineering Library (which houses the Nursing Collection) less frequently to obtain reference assistance and research support. Nursing faculty and students are using online resources for their research, but these patrons still need to be able to ask questions and obtain clarification about: database search strategies, electronic journal access and full-text document delivery.

To address these important resource and service issues, the Nursing Librarian Liaison has been offering reference service and research support in person, onsite in the Wayne State University College of Nursing office building. This Mobile Librarian Service began in Fall Semester, 2006 and continues today for Nursing faculty and Ph.D., M.S.N. and B.S.N. students. This service takes reference and research support to the building where Faculty offices are located, and students gather for lectures. The main idea of this remote service is to provide reference directly to users in a more convenient setting.

This poster session will describe the experiences of offering reference and research support in a non-traditional setting over a 3 year period. Issues related to this type of remote service including office space provided, scheduling and advertising, and data regarding faculty and student contacts will be presented. Other issues that will be addressed include evaluation, benefits, challenges of the service and future plans.

3. "Go Digital" in Collection Development during a Recession
    Norah Xiao (, University of Southern California Libraries

Abstract: The economic downturn has challenged every library to rethink its collection development, service and budget. This poster will examine the USC Science and Engineering (S & E) Library’s strategic decision to acquire books and reference materials in digital, as opposed to print format (e.g. Springer, Wiley, ACS, SpringerMaterials, eEORS). Taking user needs, the institution’s strategic plan and education and research mission, as well as the S & E Library’s own space issues into consideration, S & E librarians have been working together identifying needs, evaluating digital collections, and selecting as well as delivering these collections to users via LibGuides. Issues of pricing models, accessibility and flexibility, along with short and long-range benefits to users and the institution will be discussed.

This poster will present a proactive operational model and implementation plan for others considering comprehensive digital migration of their content, with the goal of not only better coping with the current economic environment, but of spurring development, innovation, and efficiency in the long run.

4. Changing Paradigm for Reference Services? Surveying the State of Reference in Academic Libraries in New Jersey
    Patricia H. Dawson (, Co-chair Vale Reference Services Committee, Rider University; Anthony C. Joachim (, Co-chair Vale Reference Services Committee, William Paterson University

Abstract: This poster describes a survey that provides a snapshot of the variety of reference services in academic libraries in New Jersey. The impetus for this study is the advent of Web 2.0 and the arrival of digital natives who prefer social networking tools on campuses. Many libraries are experimenting with new ways to conduct reference services to meet these new demands; therefore, the NJ VALE Reference Services Committee decided to explore the extent of these new methods being used during the fall semester of 2009. The survey methods, results and future plans will be outlined in the poster.

A recent publication, The Desk and Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services, provided a list of these new modes and these descriptions formed the basis of the survey questions. Traditional as well as non-traditional modes of reference are noted in the results. The findings of this survey will be of interest to all types of libraries, including those serving the Science Divisions of SLA. The survey result may serve as a starting point for libraries considering new ways of outreach to its constituencies and innovative ways to redesign services to meet the needs of students, faculty in 2010 and beyond.

5. Partnerships for Success
    Vani Inampudi (, Research Librarian; Dolly Goulart (; Manager, Research & Analysis; Qualcomm Library & Information Services

Abstract: Regardless of any economic situation, an organization that wants to succeed and thrive must make proper business decisions. Survival shouldn’t be reflective of anything other than true value and the contribution to the bottom line. Corporate libraries must be instrumental to the success of the company, or face a quick demise. The Qualcomm Library operates with no exception to this rule.

Providing unique value, a sense of urgency, and expert capabilities are elements we strive for on a daily basis. The Qualcomm Library follows a strong partnership model, implying close alignment with clients and a strong understanding of the strategic needs of the overall organization. This model has strengthened the Library’s role as a core provider of intelligence to the Company.

As part of the overall drive to provide high value, the Library’s research group has gone above and beyond in assessing the worth of our deliverables which has, in turn, built a reputation that speaks to speed of delivery, high quality and an expert skill set. We have proactively engaged ourselves with the organization to understand the needs of our clientele, resulting in strong alignments and partnerships at all levels of the organization.

This poster session will focus on the importance of the partnership model and the foundational elements that build that model, resulting in increased visibility while increasing the value brought to the organization.

6. Managing Librarians’ Professional Knowledge with Personalized XML
    Ye Li (, Shapiro Science Library, University of Michigan

Abstract: Librarians rely upon their professional knowledge about information to provide high quality resources and promote information literacy to their user community. An efficient management system to organize, select, locate, present and update the knowledge is crucial to provide appropriate resources and/or instructions. XML is a simple, cost--‐efficient and easy--‐to--‐personalize tool to code and manage librarians’ professional knowledge. Compare to other tools such as browser bookmarks, content management software, or server--‐side databases, XML holds the following advantages:

  1. The XML schema is flexible and open to future modifications thus allowing customized organization of explicit and tacit knowledge about resources with various formats.
  2. A text editor is sufficient to create and manage the database, which minimizes the cost and helps librarians to face the challenge of economic recession.
  3. Subset of resources in the collection can be selected out according to various users’ needs.
  4. For presenting resources, a collection in XML can be completely or partially transformed into various formats such as customized HTML, PDF, XML with other schemas, or data sets to upload into relational database etc.
  5. The rhetoric nature of XML makes it possible to integrate the encoded knowledge into the semantic web, ensures the interoperability of the database and enables automatic updating through web services such as API.

A chemistry resource collection in XML will be presented to demonstrate the above advantages. The design of the customized schema, the database population process, and the various presentation formats of the collection accomplished by XSLT will illustrate the application of this system.

7. Creativity, flexibility…success – enabling the specialist library to take a strategic lead within the organization, adding value and delivering results
    Andrew Clark (, UCB Celltech

Abstract: Emerging from an economic recession is a challenge for any library function within an organization. Decreased resourcing levels, budget restraints, increased content costs, yet an expectation to meet growing research and analytical needs. When all might seem lost the specialist library should embrace these challenges and turn them into opportunity. With careful strategic realignment that combines flexibility, creativity and a little open collaboration, systems and innovative technologies can be put in place that will not only redesign research and analytical methods but which will also generate success for the library enabling a high performing function and one that ‘adds value’ to the needs of the business. In UCB implementing an innovative supply chain management technology has enabled not only streamlined search and retrieval workflows for researchers allowing instant access to content, but the ability to drive scientific research in a new way through knowledge sharing and an increased awareness of relevant new content as it becomes available. For the library costs can be leveraged against content usage, researching patterns can be profiled and most importantly the compliance rights that are attached to content can be reused where appropriate maximizing the use of company content licenses and copyright compliance agreements.

The future for a specialist library is bright and with empowered professionals adapting the library’s strategic direction that acknowledges the needs of the user not only the wider organization but also the wider scientific, academic and business industry can learn and will be influenced from the role that any library function plays within analytical workflows and innovative research.

Theme 3: Information Literacy, User Instruction and E-Learning: New Methods, New Participants, New Tools

--New tools and techniques for the interdisciplinary scientific information professional dealing with electronic management of citations, data, structures, graphical analysis, mapping, and/or presentations. Including innovative uses of social networking applications.

--Electronic demos, tutorials, games in the sciences: Who produces them (publisher, in-house development)? Who uses them? How are they funded, developed, publicized, marketed, and evaluated? What is their useful lifetime?

--Scientific Information Fluency: What successes or failures have you encountered in teaching patrons – faculty, students, researchers, etc. – new ways of handling information in an all-electronic workflow, from the literature search to the discovery and publication process?

1. A New Organizational Structure to Support Information Literacy Education at Indiana University, Bloomington
    Brian Winterman (, Information Fluency and Assessment Librarian, Teaching and Learning Liaison to the Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington

Abstract: The Indiana University Libraries at Bloomington recently went through a staff reorganization in order to meet certain goals more efficiently and effectively. One priority for the library is to address a new general education policy that takes effect in 2011 and includes information literacy as a goal for all schools and programs on campus. The library will be depending on the expertise and efforts of subject area librarians in order to support the policy. With that in mind, the new organizational structure divided subject area librarians into four groups: sciences, humanities, social sciences, and area studies. Also, a new department called Teaching and Learning was established to lead efforts related to information literacy. Each subject area group includes a liaison from the Teaching and Learning Department to communicate about relevant news and initiatives. The new structure will help to create a strong network of information literacy support for the campus once the policy takes effect. This poster will present the new organizational structure, describe the makeup and purpose of the Teaching and Learning Department, and explain how the organization will help the IUB Libraries take on new challenges in teaching and learning by coordinating efforts in a new way. Examples of future internal and campus-wide initiatives and assessment opportunities will also be shared.

2. Next Generation User Services: The Digital E @ MUSC Library    Web Conference Only
    Candace Moorer (, David McCabe, Maria Merritt, Sherman Paggi; Medical University of South Carolina

Abstract: The Digital E @ MUSC Library is a new library service being offered to the Medical University of South Carolina’s students, staff, and faculty. This poster will describe how we introduced this service at the MUSC Library Technical Fair in April 2009, including the use of a promotional video we developed. This service offers MUSC students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to discover new technology that will enrich their presentations, grants, and class projects. Digital equipment available under the Digital E service for check out are: two Flip Video Ultra camcorders, two Canon Powershot 10 mega‐pixel digital cameras, three Amazon Kindle 2 e‐readers with pre‐loaded books, and one 3M Pro 110 micro projector. These items circulate for one week. This service was made possible through grant funding by the National Library of Medicine’s Express Technology Library Improvement award.

3. Reaching Students Where They Have To Go: Embedding Library Resources in Course Content
    Dorothy Barr (, Public Services Librarian, Liaison to MCB, Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard

Abstract: Harvard University has its own Course Management System (CMS) known as isites. It functions just as do other CMSs such as Blackboard. Use of isites has grown steadily over the past few years, so that now most classes have isites where they post their syllabi, assignments, deadlines, readings, and often much more. Harvard has over 70 libraries, and the largest of these, the Harvard College Library (HCL), has a generic page on library resources that is automatically linked to many course isites, However, it does not really address the resources most used in the sciences. Over the past two years, science librarians have developed a generic isite for the sciences. Then in fall 2009 several of us designed a specific Life Sciences page which has been automatically uploaded to all course isites in the Departments of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and Molecular & Cellular Biology, thus covering most of the biological sciences on the main campus. Further, by working closely with faculty and TFs we have developed specific pages with targeted resources for certain classes. These have been very well received, and the poster will highlight some of them.

4. Tools and Techniques for Innovative Annotation: Contributing to a Kinetoplastids Knowledge Base
    Emily J. Glenn (, Sandhya Subramanian, Isabelle Phan,, Christian Olsen, Carol Farris, Gowthaman Ramasamy, Matthew Rogers, Flora Logan, Haiming Wang; TriTrypDB Consortium (Seattle BioMed, Seattle, WA; Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridgeshire, UK; University of Georgia, Athens, GA; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA)

Abstract: Teams of scientists and bioinformaticians at four institutions are using web-based collaboration tools to facilitate the annotation of the genomes of kinetoplastids. This collaborative effort provides foundational information for TriTrypDB, an integrated genomic and functional genomic database for pathogens of the family Trypanosomatidae, including organisms in both Leishmania and Trypanosoma genera. Genomic annotations in TriTrypDB are prepared via rapid information and knowledge exchange between teams of literature annotators and data curators. Teams follow an open information management infrastructure using web-based applications: Zotero (a bibliographic and research information management system), JIRA (traditionally used for software development bug tracking), and Google groups. A browser-based Zotero library is used as a high-level staging area to identify publications, tag them, and track their association with existing curated database entries. Zotero thus permits annotators to see quickly what has already been extracted from the paper as annotation-worthy. JIRA is used to coordinate TriTrypDB users’ comments, track annotation issues, share pertinent unpublished information on genomics discovery, and trigger uploads of annotations to TriTrypDB. JIRA is also used for general project management, including time effort allocation. Google Groups provides a secure space for discussing the project, sharing of meeting minutes and other documents. In this collaborative space, decision histories become part of a project knowledge base that can be accessed more readily than e-mail threads. Dissemination of kinetoplastids genome knowledge is accelerated through the innovative use of web-based tools and an open information management infrastructure.

5. Rolling out Zotero workshops across campus—how a science librarian marketed Zotero to improve information access at California State University Long Beach.
    Khue Duong (, Long Beach University Library, California State University

Abstract: Developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Zotero is a free bibliographic management tool that can be added on to Firefox Web Browser as a plug-in. Since its release in October 2006, not only has Zotero significantly improved its functionality and usability, but it has also gained popularity amongst the scientific community. Zotero has broad appeal thanks to its focus on research and on the perennial problem of organizing references and collaborations within a research group. In the absence of subscriptions to Endnote and Refworks, understanding Zotero could be of interest to corporate librarians as they learn about and promote this free product at their institutions.

The science librarian at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) launched a program in Fall 2009 to teach Zotero to his constituencies in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM). Zotero workshops are currently offered through two venues: Faculty Center for Professional Development LunchNLearn Series (for all faculty members ) and Library Research & Writing Workshops (for everyone). Teaching Zotero workshops helps build and further develop relationships with faculty members and students in the College.

Within the theme of value-added embedded librarianship, the poster will discuss the challenges of teaching Zotero to a community of scientists, planning logistics for the workshops as well as the strategies (and challenges) of providing information services to the CNSM departments.

6. Improving undergraduate chemistry student scientific writing through peer review
    Mary Lou Baker Jones (, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Abstract: Wright State University’s Chemical Literature and Composition course is team-taught by a Chemistry Professor and the Chemistry Librarian. Course requirements include writing a research paper. Many of our undergraduate students come to us with a very limited understanding of the process of writing scientific literature. To improve the students’ writing quality and their familiarity with scientific journal literature, we have invited a University Writing Instructor to collaborate with us in teaching the students to use peer review. Each student reviews two other students’ papers and receives reviews from two fellow students. Incorporating this peer review process into an already crowded syllabus has been challenging but we have done this for three terms and see value in continuing it.

Our results:

  • Students give the process positive reviews.
  • Assessment of the peer-review process remains a challenge.
  • Student awareness of characteristics of scientific journal literature is more obvious to us.
  • We instructors have learned more about teaching the writing process.
  • Grading student research papers is easier.

Our tools:

  • Peer Review Form
  • Technical Details Checklist
  • Student Response to Peer Review Form

7. The Physics of Designing an Integrated Physics Information Fluency Program
    Meghan Gamsby (, Brill Science Library, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Abstract: A 2001 article by Michael Fosmire shows that undergraduate physics majors do not receive adequate information fluency instruction. At Miami University we have a very strong undergraduate physics program, especially for schools without a corresponding PhD program. Despite its strengths, the information fluency instruction for the program's undergraduates is not on par with the quality of the rest of the program.

As the physics librarian, I currently meet with physics majors once, which is in their first month of their college careers. This 50-minute session includes a discussion of the library, literature searching and RefWorks. Needless to say, this is entirely insufficient. Along with students being overwhelmed with content, it is not being taught at the time-of-need. As such, students need more frequent information fluency instruction on content that reflects their current curriculum.

I am proposing an integrated four-year information fluency program to solve the problem. This poster will discuss the following preliminary steps:

  1. Determining goals and objectives for the program, using existing standards and adding subject specific content.
  2. Identifying courses at each academic level that fit with the goals and objectives.
  3. Getting buy-in from faculty. This requires a two-tiered strategy: a) convince certain faculty that there is value to information fluency instruction, and b) convince other faculty that students need not learn everything all at once.
  4. Developing the curriculum and ongoing assessment methods.

The integrated information fluency program will better prepare physics undergraduate students for continued success in their current and future studies.

8. Online Tutorial for Scifinder for Organic Chemistry Classes: Creation and Assessment of Use
    Patricia H. Dawson (, Danielle L. Jacobs, Sharon Q. Yang; Rider University, New Jersey

Abstract: An online tutorial for SciFinder Scholar was created and used by two sections of an Organic Chemistry class during the spring 2010 semester. Traditionally, the Science Librarian has demonstrated this resource in a single, twenty to thirty minute session during class time. However, time constraints pose numerous obstacles for direct library instruction, with no time for hands-on practice afterwards. The online tutorial for SciFinder Scholar, an important resource for researching the chemical literature, was devised to allow students to learn how to use it and to practice those skills by writing a research report on a reaction. The Chemistry Professor, Science Librarian, and Systems Librarian collaborated to create this tutorial with the modules targeting skills needed to complete this assignment.

To construct the tutorial, storyboards with screenshots and scripts were devised and used to produce the audio portions of the modules. The software program, Captivate, was used to generate the interactive modules and the end product was mounted on the library’s web page. The poster will present the steps we took to create the tutorial, along with data on review questions designed to assess student search skills in using SciFinder Scholar. In addition, students filled out a feedback survey form to provide insights into the usefulness of the various modules from their point of view. The results and conclusion will outline possible modifications of this tutorial for future chemistry classes.

9. Knowledge Literacy vs Technology Literacy: Education and Outreach Strategies
    Peggy Dominy (, Dana Denick; Drexel University, Philadelphia

Abstract: Librarians have often been charged with instructing students on the most efficient path to an information goal, be it through print or electronic means. As students begin graduate programs (especially in the sciences) their understanding of information and how to search for it requires fine tuning. At this point, students are taking their first steps to a deeper understanding of the character of the body of literature that defines their chosen discipline, what we are labeling knowledge literacy. This goes beyond students’ skill in manipulating electronic databases and Internet savvy, what we are calling technology literacy.

We are proposing a study of first year graduate students in the disciplines of biology and chemistry on their understanding of the body of literature within their disciplines. We will do this through interview, survey, and performance assessment with the notion of quantifying the dichotomy between knowledge literacy and technology literacy. Data will be analyzed and presented. The results would facilitate instruction of information resources to this group of students.

10. A Science Librarian in the Laboratory - a Case Study
   Robert Tomaszewski, PhD (, Georgia State University

Abstract: A librarian in the laboratory can become a ‘point of access’ for database instruction and thus open up new possibilities for teaching information literacy skills. The poster will provide a case study on how a librarian in an organic chemistry laboratory can help run the class smoothly while at the same time creating a greater awareness of an important role for the science librarian. With computers in close proximity to the laboratory bench, students are able to carry out their reactions and characterizations only a few steps away from a skilled information professional who is ready to assist them as they learn search and retrieval techniques for scientific databases. The major objectives of the library part of the laboratory were for students to learn how to use MDL CrossFire database and become proficient in finding information from the library as well as to understand how to locate experimental data from articles. To our knowledge, little has been published about librarians assisting students directly in the laboratory. The role of a laboratory librarian could eventually bridge the gap between the laboratory and the library.

11. Beyond Google: Integrating chemical information into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum
   Marion C. Peters (, Chemistry Librarian, Science & Engineering Library, UCLA

Abstract: At UCLA the focus is on partnering with faculty and teaching assistants in integrating the basics of chemical information into three sequential courses required for chemistry and biochemistry majors. Resources "beyond Google" include many recommended in "Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: the elements of information literacy". A multi-faceted approach includes primarily hands-on sessions in small laboratory sections, occasional large group lectures, and a comprehensive Web site . The Instructional Resources Web site, available 24/7, features "Library resources for chemistry and biochemistry, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and materials science and engineering." Web pages cover hands-on, guided library exercises including the organic "chemystery," homework assignments, lecture notes, and resources for specific courses, plus general reference sources. Many UCLA sites feature links to "Library Resources" and its pages, including departmental sites, course management systems, the undergraduate Science Learning Center workstations' "Welcome" screen, and individual course pages.


Rev. March 2011