21st Conference on Atmospheric Science Librarians International

Conference Program

The 21st Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) Conference will be held January 8th to 9th, 2018, in Austin, Texas, as part of the 98th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting, which will be held January 7th to 11th, 2018.

Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site (http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/) in late-September 2017.

This is an invitation for joining ASLI and submit an abstract for consideration for presentations on any aspect of the conference theme described below, and addresses various aspects for delivering ICE: Information, Communication, Education—through collections, resources, instruction, delivery, and dissemination of data, information, and knowledge.

The 2018 AMS Annual Meeting theme is “Transforming Communication in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise—Focusing on Challenges Facing Our Sciences”. For the full description of the theme, please visit the AMS 2018 Annual Meeting web page at https://annual.ametsoc.org/.

The AMS describes the 2018 Meeting theme on Communication as “ …a dynamic, powerful, and essential part of the weather, climate, and water enterprise. Successful communication requires active engagement – not only thinking about what, when, where, how, why, and to whom we speak but also carefully listening to better understand and respond appropriately.  Every day we communicate to share and generate ideas, exchange information, inform the public, and create an understanding and awareness of our sciences.  And we do this with the goal of benefitting society within an ever-changing backdrop of policy, technology, and knowledge.”

The dynamic role that libraries play in this process is evidenced by the AMS recognizing the importance their mission to “generate ideas, exchange information, inform the public, and create an understanding and awareness of our sciences,” because this is the very same mission of the libraries and librarians supporting that “ever-changing backdrop of policy, technology, and knowledge,” because we Inform, Communicate, and Educate. This provides librarians with a dynamic and robust challenge as we develop collections, user services, library research and instruction, and the ever increasing importance of utilizing new social media, as effective tools of communication, networking, and outreach, not only among librarians, but more importantly across disciplines, lines of work, and for public engagement.  

Topics Covered

ASLI is seeking librarians, educators, and communicators for answers to critical questions: 

  • What are technical and practical opportunities for improving communication by librarians in their work environments, and examples of “best practices” and new methods of communication?
  • How can libraries and librarians improve community-wide understanding, engagement, and information and knowledge exchanges for and among stakeholders (especially policy-makers and the public) using their services?
  • What are the opportunities for librarians to enhance existing or develop new strategies for effective communication “across generations, languages, cultures,” and among government, academic, and commercial sectors?” (AMS)

ASLI strengthened by employing outreach strategies to recruit new members, keeping current members engaged, and responding to members’ needs through surveys and discussions. Its Annual Meeting provides a major focal point and forum developments, discussions, and presentations. Join ASLI in this endeavor, and with this ASLI’s invitation for papers addressing any of the above topics. 

Joint Sessions

ASLI will again join the Environmental Information Processing Technologies (EIPT) group in planning & hosting a joint program, and is seeking contributions on the following topics:

  • Software Engineering
  • Data Management and Communication
  • Advances in Observations, Modeling and New Media Technologies
  • Mobile Computing for Communicating Weather Information
  • Data Visualization
  • Satellite Technologies
  • Radar Technologies
  • Road Weather Observations
  • Research to Operations and Quasi-operational Systems

Another area for consideration is the very useful and popular part of previous programs, “Technology Tools and Tips” session. This is a brief description or “lightening-round” of any tool or innovation you are using, and if you can describe your experiences with the technology in around 3-5 minutes, we would love to hear from you. Talks on technology failures and lessons learned from experience are especially welcome, as are proposals from students using innovative strategies around information.

Conference Contact(s)

Please contact the ASLI program chairperson, Fred Stoss (climatefred@gmail.com), Librarian in the Science and Engineering Information Center at the SUNY University at Buffalo, if you would like to propose a session topic for this conference. Please submit your paper proposals electronically to the ASLI 2018 Program Chair/Chair-Elect by August 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please call Fred Stoss (585 305-2223). Submissions should include full contact information for the presenter(s), a title, and a brief abstract of less than 250 words. In most cases presentations are 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by late-September 2015. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the Web. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS Web site.  Authors have the option to submit manuscripts (up to 10 MB) electronically by 12 February 2018.  All abstracts, extended abstracts, and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost.

For additional information please contact the ASLI program chairperson: Fred Stoss (climatefred@gmail.com), 585 305-2223.