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16th Annual Conference of Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI): Taking Atmospheric Sciences Information to the Next Level: Expanding Beyond Today's Library Collections and Resources

Atmospheric science libraries and information centers continue to evolve as researchers seek more and more information online, from increasingly remote locations, and in a multitude of digital formats.  How can librarians partner with their clients to navigate a multifaceted environment of information and data to find what they need? There are many opportunities for libraries and information centers to repackage collections, resources, and services to make them more accessible and discoverable. By identifying user needs; libraries and information centers can create and expand beyond their traditional services and implement innovative solutions to more than meet researchers’ expectations of atmospheric sciences information and data.

The purpose of this meeting, to be held 9–13 January 2013 in Austin, TX, is to focus on how the library community is taking meteorology and climate resources to the next level by utilizing and developing tools that enhance access, delivery, information literacy and management. Possible proposal topics include use of analytic/ metric tools, mobile applications, data sets, ebooks, mobile/tablet devices, social media channels, and videoconferences/webinars for further atmospheric science information.

Submissions should include full contact information, a presentation title, and brief abstract of less than 250 words. We will repeat last year’s successful “Technology Tools and Tips” session and invite anyone who is using a useful new technology or an old technology in new and interesting ways to participate in this ‘lightning round’ session, consisting of back-to-back 5-minute talks.  We also invite proposals for panel discussions that will provide the opportunity for librarians of different institutions to share experiences or strategies in relation to a specific topic, i.e. eBooks or open access.  Students are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Please submit proposals electronically to: Jennifer Harbster; ASLI Chair-elect (tel: 202-707-4751; jehar@loc.gov.) The deadline for receiving abstracts is 1 August 2012. For additional information please reference the ASLI Conference Website at: http://www.aslionline.org/.)