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17th Annual Conference of Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI): "Extreme Libraries: Atmospheric Information Professionals in Stormy Times"

The Atmospheric Science Librarian faces numerous challenges and opportunities in serving a diverse patron group and coping with space and budget constraints.  The information seeking activities of our scientists, engineers, students and staff has increased, while the budgets to provide services have shrunk and sometimes all but disappeared. In this new environment librarians are being forced to problem solve creatively, using existing and emerging technologies to reach their users and deliver accurate, complete, and up-to-the-minute information.  New conceptualizations of the library and information professional, both as place—or a virtual location or librarian--have emerged, and produced innovative solutions.  The Atmospheric Science Librarians International Annual Conference provides librarians working in atmospheric or related sciences, the opportunity to exchange information about library programs and services across the world. This conference will focus on the strategies, services and tools that enable librarians to engage, connect, and build relationships with the communities who use, fund, support and defend our libraries.

The purpose of this meeting, to be held, February 5-7, 2014 in Atlanta, GA, is to bring together librarians, researchers, scientists, faculty, staff and more, to look at how libraries are serving the diverse research needs of their communities.  This will necessarily involve a broad focus on technology, scholarly communication, Open Access and publishing trends, Research Information Management tools, Big Data, and Citation Analysis, impact chains, among others.  We invite proposals for papers describing innovative technological advances, including new platforms, software and other solutions aimed at improving user experience in the 21st century.

Submissions should include full contact information, a title, and a brief abstract of less than 250 words.  We will be continuing the successful “Technology Tools and Tips” session and invite anyone who is using a useful new technology or software or an old technology in a novel way to participate in this “lightning” round session of back to back 5 minute talks.  In particular we invite talks on technology failures and lessons learned from experience.  Students are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Please submit proposals electronically to: Matt Ramey; ASLI Chair-elect; National Center for Atmospheric Research, 3090 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO, 80301; ph: 303-497-8559; mramey@ucar.edu

The deadline for receiving abstracts has passed.