Friday, June 27, 2008

Photos, photos and a video, too...

Here are where a bunch of the photos are located.

Jeff Bond

Flora Grabowska

Ruth Kneale

Sara T. (Sign into Facebook.)

PodBay (You know who you are...)

Judy Matthews

Sharice Collins from IOP Publishing

Christina Pikas

Joe Kraus
These are not really of SLA, but they were taken in Seattle during the trip.

Various photos on Flickr

I know of some other pictures, but I am not sure the owners want to the pics to be publicly available.


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Book Group 2008

Bookman's Wake Thanks to all 22 members who participated in this year's Book Group discussion! The book chosen this year, "The Bookman's Wake" by John Dunning, veered off into the world of fiction, and was enjoyed by everyone. Dinner at Von's Grand City Cafe was also darned tasty! PAM Book Group

I hope to see even more of you join me next year in Washington DC. The book has already been chosen... but you'll have to wait until next spring to find out what it is! :-D

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Astronomy Roundtable

(Thanks once more to everyone who showed up bright and early Wednesday morning for the Astronomy Roundtable after partying the night before at the IT/PAM/LMD dance party!)

The AstroRT this year was, unexpectedly, standing room only. Apologies to folks who had to stand or sit on the floor; we thought seating for 48 would be enough and will plan better next year! Also thanks to my co-moderator Michael Blake; ya did good for first time outta the slot, dude!

Our speakers this year shared a lot of information with us, and I'd like to thank them all again for coming!
  • Kerry Kroffe, from IOP Publishing, reviewed the publishing contract for the AAS journals and outlined what IOP had to do in a short amount of time to get the Astronomical Journal switched over and ready to go by January 2008. The Astrophysical Journal transition is currently in process, and many exciting things are planned for the future (VO tables, 30-day turnaround between acceptance and web publishing, and Object/Feature linking).
  • Chris Biemesderfer, from the American Astronomical Society, picked up from where Kerry left off and shared some information about other things to come from AAS (data cubes, digital printing, and print on demand options, along with print bundling and regional delivery options).
  • Karrie Berglund, representing the International Planetarium Society, shared a brief history of the IPS and discussed collaboration options between IPS and SLA/PAM. If you have any ideas or are interested in collaborating, please let her know.
  • Donna Thompson gave us the latest information from the Astrophysics Data System (which I kept referring to as "service", eek!), including information about the CrossRef collaboration and the rescanning project for older journals.
We had a few brief announcements, then a round-the-room introduction; then the roundtable closed and became a networking and discussion opportunity. Thanks again to everyone who attended!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

External Reviews of the SLA Conference

Information Today blogged much of the conference. Here is their most recent blog entry. This posting provides some of the "numbers" from the conference.Here are the official numbers from SLA’s 2008 annual conference in Seattle: There were 5,011 total registrants, 845 first time attendees, 1,681 exhibitor registrants, 464 booths, 283 companies, and 50 new exhibitors. This compares with last year’s numbers of 5,047 total registrants, 801 first timers, 1,702 exhibitors, 445 booths, 275 companies, and 38 new exhibitors.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

my notes from the cs rt

are on my blog - and apparently missing at least one line break, which leads to confusion.... :)


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

PAM Annual Business Meeting

Just finished up at the business meeting and networking breakfast; it's always good to see old friends and meet new ones! (Welcome again to all our new members.) After a round of committee reports, Travis Warwick presented Martha Tucker with the PAM Achievement Award; congratulations, Martha! (Details and photos will be posted on the PAM site.)

Thanks to our IMA winner, Mandy Taha, we all - as in the entire membership present - gathered for a group photo. There were so many of us we'll have to do a little stitching together of the photos into one picture! Watch this space for a posting :-) and thanks to Monica Ladwig for juggling the cameras and taking our photos.

Just a reminder, the Division Suite has been changed from 2602 to 2502 over in the Sheraton; the Daily Retreat opens in just a few minutes! See you there.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

SLA Conference so far

I am having a great time. First, it was a great early-bird dinner at Madoka on Bainbridge Island. Then, we had a great newcomers lunch on Sunday at Tulio. (Hi New Members!) Immediately following the lunch was a good productive PAM Board meeting. Sunday evening was the LSW "bunching" at the Nite Lite Lounge -- had a great time visiting with some past virtual now First Life Friends.

Monday started with a bang with the session -- the Science of Coffee. Amazingly -- they gave away free coffee. The PAM-wide Roundtable was fantastic -- Mandy Taha had a great presentation on the Alexandria Library!

Right now, I am listening to the speaker on the "Games for Training" session in the background, and it seems pretty good.

Joe K.


Pamwide Roundtable Plus

Here is the link to the Web 2.0 Tools that I was going to talk about. It is on SlideShare, and it might be on the SLA server, too. I will also put the full .ppt onto PAMnet.



PAMwide Roundtable

PAMWide Roundtable PAMwide had a new format this year, a series of short presentations. Flora Grabowska talked about open access publishing initatives; Susan Koskinen talked about SCOAP3; Pat Viele discussed information fluency in physics; then Tony O'Rourke updated us about the IOPScience developments. (Tony's always a fun speaker.) After the break, Mandy Taha, the 2008 International Award winner, spoke about science in Egypt and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. (Be sure to look for her handouts on the SLA web site!) To round out the session, Joe Murphy talked about Library 2.0 issues. Well done to Bill and all the speakers!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Our Games

Just finished "first sweep" of INFO-EXPO. This seems to me the first time I've seen in the conf program an index of "giveaways" where that means raffle items. My "game" this time is not to pick up anything bigger than the palm of my hand, and no pens, unless it's something new. Congrats to Annual Reviews, Inc on their ChicoBags as "green" takeaways.

Early Bird dinner, SLA 2008

Lovely ferry ride, great weather and good company as we enjoyed dinner at Madoka, Bainbridge Island. Thanks, Martha for arranging!

Leadership Development Institute

Sally and I are sitting in for Parker and Zari at the Leadership Development Institute; SLA is really doing some neat things with the Innovation Laboratory (I'm a lab rat!) and various innovation activities. I had no idea so much was available in the Lab - I highly recommend everyone take a visit and check it out. I think I'll be participating in the 23Things project myself.

The catchphrase from this session so far is from Stephen Abram's welcome: "Make things happen." Yes!

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Early Bird Dinner

Well done, Martha! The Early Bird dinner at Madoka on Bainbridge Island was attended by 40 members of the division, who carried on in the main dining room and kept Doug the server on his toes. Dinner was very good - and very nicely presented - and the ferry ride was a ton of fun. (Says the person who lives in the desert!)

Cheers to Martha Tucker for doing all the arranging for this great event. Pics will come soon!

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Looking for a Good Place to Eat?

Try Steelhead Diner, near Pike Pl Mkt.

Great food.

PAM Dancecard: PAM Division events at the 2008 SLA Annual Conference

PAM Division events and events of special ineterest to PAM memebrs at the 2008 SLA Annual Conference.

The PAM Division Suite - Sheraton Seattle Hotel Room 2602

Sunday, June 15, 2008

PAM Newcomers’ Luncheon, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Tulio, 1100 Fifth Avenue, Sponsors: Turpion

PAM Board Meeting, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Tulio, 1100 Fifth Avenue

Monday, June 16, 2008

Science of Coffee, 9:00 – 10:30 am, Convention Center 619-620, Sponsors: Annual Reviews, Blackwell, John Wiley & Sons, Nature Publishing Group, New England Journal of Medicine, Prenax, Inc.

PAM-Wide Roundtable, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Convention Center 613-614, Moderator: William Jacobs, Sponsor: SIAM, Speaker: Mandy Taha, International Membership Award Winner, Sponsor: East View Information Services.

E-Lab Notebooks, 3:30 – 5:30 pm, Convention Center, 618, Moderator: Rachel Ellison

Spotlight Session - Games for Training: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Convention Center, 2AB, Sponsors: Thomson Scientific

Book Group, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Von's Grand City Café, 1531 Seventh Ave

PAM Open House, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Sheraton Hotel, PAM Suite, Sponsors: AIP

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

PAM Business Meeting and Networking Breakfast, 7:00 – 9:00 am, Sheraton Hotel, Metropolitan B, Sponsors: APS

[BIO] Informatics, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Convention Center, 615-616, Sponsors: Elsevier, Inc, IEEE

Daily Retreat, Sheraton Hotel, PAM Suite, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sponsors: IOP Publishing

Computer Science Roundtable,11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Convention Center, 304, Moderator: Brian Quigley, Nancy Kellett, Sponsors: ACM, IEEE

Mathematics Roundtable, 3:15 – 4:45 pm, Convention Center, 618 , Moderator: Sara Rutter , Sponsors: SIAM, AMS

All Sciences Poster Session & Reception, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Sheraton Hotel, Metropolitan B, Sponsors: ACS Publications, ASME, H.W. Wilson, IET/INSPEC, Knovel Corporation, SPIE Digital Library, Springer

Under the Sea Ball Dance Party - PAM/IT/LMD Open House, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am, Sheraton Hotel, Grand C, Sponsors: IOP, Thomson Scientific

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Astronomy Roundtable , 8:00 – 10:00 am, Convention Center room 602, Moderator: Ruth Kneale, Michael Blake., Sponsors: SPIE

PAM Daily Retreat, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sheraton Hotel, PAM Suite, Sponsors: IOP Publishing

Physics Roundtable, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Convention Center, 307-308, Moderator: Elizabeth Brown, Sponsors: IET/INSPEC, World Scientific