“Better Understanding Your Users” free web conference

Jul 7, 2005 by

If you missed the combined sciences poster session at the SLA national conference in Toronto, here is your chance. The Chemistry, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics, and Sci-Tech divisions of SLA are co-sponsors of the web conference “Better Understanding Your Users” that will take place between July 18 and July 31. The conference will feature 19 posters, 18 of which were originally presented at the annual conference. Each poster presentation will have its own discussion forum moderated by the author/presenter.

The conference is free but you need to register. The format is asynchronous discussions. More details are in the extended entry.

As posted by Bill Armstrong on various lists:

Discussion for the first week’s presentations will begin on Monday, July 18, when the forums will first appear. The content for all presentations will be available by this date and linked to from the forum itself. The conference site will be open 24 hours a day and, as discussions are asynchronous, you are welcome to participate at times most convenient to you. The first week’s forums will be closed for discussion, however, at the end of the first week, Sunday, July 24, at which time the final set of posters will be made available for the start of the second week, Monday, July 25. So if you wish to participate in the discussions taking place during a given week, please don’t put it off too long.

Presenters/moderators will be happy to respond to any questions or comments you may have regarding their presentations.

Full participation in the event will require registration, but this is free and painless. The site is open for registration now. For those of you who have already registered for a previous conference, your ID and Password are still valid. If, however, you have forgotten what they are, just click on the login button without filling in anything, and you’ll be provided a link which will enable you to have your username emailed to you and to reset your password. When you fill in your registered email address in the box provided, you will be sent instructions on how to reset your password.

If you have any questions at all about the conference, how to participate, or problems with registration, please email or call Bill Armstrong through the contact information provided below.

The complete schedule of the presentations is as follows:
Week 1: July 18 – 24
1) Dana Roth. Better understanding users in a research setting.
2) Marion Peters and Audrey Jackson. Tracking the Elusive “E- esource.”
3) Tamika Barnes McCollough. Needs of the Virtual Engineering Community
4) Kenn Harper. Papers Happen – What undergraduates do when they write research papers.
5) Hilary M. Davis and Eleanor M. Smith. Exploring relationships between publicly funded research and public consumption of research.
6) Michiko Tanaka. Proposed Meta-Level Ontology for Nanoscience.
7) F. Bartow Culp and Jeremy Garritano. Chemical information instruction 1984-2004: Who is leading the charge?
8) Robin Jourdan and Alicia Biggers. Creating a seamless information delivery experience at Ford Motor
9) Sarah Endres and Jill Lagerstrom. Creating the How to Get it Guide at NASA’s GSFC Library.
10) Jay Bhatt, Peggy Dominy, and Andrew Wheeler. Use Subject Specific Blogs and RSS Feeds to Keep Up-To-Date.

Week 2: July 25 – 31
11) Dan Subramanian. Users: How do they seek information?
12) Pamela Enrici. Showing Them Their Way – or Why VARK Matters.
13) Susan Fingerman and Christina Pikas. The Information Power Tour – When the Library comes to You.
14) Kristin Hoffmann, Katy Nelson, Ophelia Ma, and Rebecca Raworth. Library Book Use by Science and Engineering Undergraduates.
15) Laurel Kristick. If I Could Hear What You See: Electronic Resources and the Visually Impaired Patron.
16) Diane Cass and Katie Clark. Establishing a Science Browsing Collection for Undergraduates: A Success Story.
17) David Stern. Web Log Analysis and Resulting Improvements.
18) Elizabeth Brown. Instruction: a Key to Understanding Scientists’ User Behavior.
19) Pat Viele. Understanding the Research and Teaching Needs of Physics Faculty.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

Bill Armstrong
William W. Armstrong
Chemistry Librarian
Middleton Library
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
Ph. (225) 578-2738
Fax: (225) 578-6825
Email: notwwa@lsu.edu

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