Call for abstracts

I'm the Geoscience Information Society GSA technical session moderator for this years meeting in Texas October 5-9, 2008 and here are our poster and oral presentation topics. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in submitting something. We would love to hear from the geology community on these important library issues!

The deadline is June 3rd and you can submit your abstracts for a poster, talk, or both online.

2008 Technical/Oral Session Theme:

“Libraries in Transformation: Exploring Topics of Changing Practices and New Technologies"

2008 Posters Session Theme:

“Moving Mountains: Data Mining and Digital Repositories in the Geosciences?

Call for Abstracts: 2008 GSIS – GSA Topical Sessions (Oral/Poster)

You may now submit your abstracts for the GSIS Technical Program of the GSA's 120th Annual Meeting to be held in Houston, Texas October 5-9, 2008. This year we celebrate the International Year of Planet Earth (https://www.acsmeetings.org/2008/) and geoscience librarians must consider how their role as information gathers, preservers, and disseminators, is changing and adapting to our ever-increasing digital planet.

2008 Technical/Oral Session Theme:

“Libraries in Transformation: Exploring Topics of Changing Practices and New Technologies"

Information retrieval is rapidly changing how scientific discoveries are made. This session will discuss how these changes affect the way in which geoscience information is created, disseminated, organized, accessed, used and archived. In short: how has your library “transformed? itself?

Questions to consider:

* How are data in the geosciences changing?
* What new technologies will help libraries organize data better?
* How are print archives of books, maps, and journals being preserved in new ways?
* Do electronic databases and digital sources change the learning and understanding of information?
* How are researchers and information seekers adapting to the changing practices of the geoscience library?

Posters Session Theme:

“Moving Mountains: Data Mining and Digital Repositories in the Geosciences?

Researchers in the geosciences are continuously uncovering important discoveries in their quest toward understanding our planet. We address the issues of storing and accessing the vast amounts of information from the past, present, and future.

Examples of efforts include the creation of an institutional repository; the digitization of archives and journals, books, maps; the management of data sets and/or GIS information; the mining of digital libraries, databases and web pages; or the recycling of geoscience data for research and learning.

Abstracts for oral, poster, or both can be submitted online at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2008AM/index.epl and under 300 words in length. The cost is $35 for professionals and $20 for students. The deadline is June 3, 2008.

This is your opportunity to share your perspective with us and the broader geoscience community. If you would like more information feel to email the technical program convener, Lisa Johnston (ljohnsto@umn.edu).