LISA V: Call for papers

Jun 27, 2005 by

Proposed papers are now being accepted for the Library and Information Services in Astronomy V (LISA V) conference that will be held in Cambridge, MA, June 18-21, 2006. The conference is hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics(CfA), the John G. Wolbach Library & Information Resource Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries.

The theme is “Common Challenges, Uncommon Solutions“. Abstracts of oral and/or poster papers are due by September 30 to lisa5soc@eso.org.

See the extended entry for more details.


The LISA V Scientific Organizing Committee cordially invites you to submit contributed talks and poster presentations.

Papers are solicited in particular, but not exclusively, on the following topics:

1. THE VIRTUAL OBSERVATORY AND WHAT’S IN IT FOR LIBRARIES

  • The role of libraries and librarians in the era of the Virtual Observatory
  • Metadata and interoperability
  • Bibliometric studies using the ADS
  • Dataset and facility identifiers – easier retrieval of papers based on observational data

2. THE E-JOURNAL SWAMP

  • Pricing aspects:

    • E-only vs. print — does cancellation of print actually achieve savings?
    • Consortia models — experiences from astronomy libraries
    • Difficulties in leaving “Big Deals” with major publishers
  • Access considerations:
    • Are we buying or renting? Access to e-journals after cancellations
    • Copyright issues
    • Reasons to keep print; is there a future for print?
    • When is full text not full text?

3. THE CHANGING PUBLISHING SECTOR

  • Open access and institutional repositories
  • Open Archive Initiative (and how it differs from open access)
  • Future of traditional journals
  • Pre-publication vs. post-publication peer-review

4. PRESERVATION AND ARCHIVING / HISTORICAL SESSION

  • Technological aspects of electronic preservation
  • Digitization projects in astronomy
  • Migration — preserving the integrity of the scientific record
  • Paper copies as backups for e-journals
  • How to use e-tools to set up an archive

5. BEYOND ADS AND GOOGLE — CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH WE USE DATABASES OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS

  • Who needs commercial databases? Case studies on ISI Web of Science, Scopus, Scitation et al.
  • “Invisible literature” — what IS NOT indexed
  • ARIbib — where is it and where is it going
  • Retrieval of non-English language literature
  • Who’s afraid of the big bad Google? Google Scholar, Google Print and more
  • Which search engines for which purpose?

6. CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGIES

  • E-metrics — how to measure library e-resources and services
  • Bibliomining — data mining for libraries
  • Online library catalog — does it have a future?
  • Blogs and wikis and podcasts, oh my!

7. THE CREATIVE LIBRARIAN

  • Widening fields of activities, e.g., public outreach, education
  • Marketing in the astronomy setting
  • Webpages — the library’s business card
  • Disaster management
  • Libraries as publishers / providers

The conference Keynote Speaker will be Dr. John Huchra, Senior Astronomer and Professor of Astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA.

If you are interested in giving an oral and/or poster presentation, please submit title, author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), full mailing address(es), fax number(s) and e-mail address(es), as well as a half page abstract in English to the LISA V email account, lisa5soc@eso.org

The presenting author should be clearly marked. Abstracts in plain text (ascii) format are preferred.

Submission deadline will be September 30, 2005.

Please note that the SOC cannot guarantee that all submitted papers will be accepted and that it reserves the right to request that a proposed oral presentation be presented as a poster paper or vice versa.

Notifications regarding accepted papers will be made no later than January 31, 2006.

The official LISA V website is located at www.cfa.harvard.edu/library/lisa/; this Call for Papers can be found at www.cfa.harvard.edu/library/lisa/papers.html

For information on previous LISA conferences, visit www.eso.org/libraries/lisa.html

If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact the co-chairs of the SOC.

Uta Grothkopf, ESO Library, esolib@eso.org
Christina Birdie, IIA Library, chris@iiap.ernet.in / chris@iiap.res.in

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