LISA V – more info

Nov 10, 2005 by

More information has come forth about the LISA V – Library and Information Services in Astronomy: Common Challenges, Uncommon Solutions conference.

The meeting will be held at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, which is minutes away from the historic city of Boston. Proceedings will be published electronically. Early Bird registration (before March 15, 2006) is US $250 (single day: US $100).

The conference program is not yet on the website but there is a preview in the full entry.


Preliminary program

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 Astrophysics Data System (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, Vice Provost for Research Policy, Harvard University, and Robert O. & Holly Thomis Doyle Professor of Cosmology, Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA.

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