Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Travel grants- ER&L

The American Institute of Physics is providing 2 generous travel grants for two students traveling to ER&L in Austin. The travel grant includes (1) Full conference registration, (2) air travel costs, and (3) Hotel accommodations totaling up to $1500 per winner. 2011 Student Travel Grant Applications are being accepted now and will be adjudicated by an ER&L volunteer committee.

Application Requirements: This grant is open to currently enrolled students wishing to attend ER&L 2011. Student applicants will be required to supply contact information as well as to answer a questions related to how access to ER&L can assist the applicant in achieving professional and academic goals.

Deadline: Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Winning applicant names will be posted to the website no later than Monday, February 7, 2011.

Regular Registration Rates Still Available

Regular registration rates are still available for the ER&L 2011 conference through 10 February 2011. Please hurry and register as the conference hotel is already fully booked! http://www.electroniclibrarian.com/conference-info/registration

Sign-Up for a Pre-Conference

There are four wonderful pre-conferences being offered as part of this year’s conference and you cannot beat the cost of $150 for these sessions. Here are the brief descriptions of these offerings:

Ready for Research?: A Practical Guide for Designing Your Assessment Project
Rachel Fleming-May , School of Information Sciences, The University of Tennessee Pre-Conference Workshop Sunday, February 27, 8am-12pm

This pre-conference will provide participants with the foundation necessary for developing effective assessment projects, including guidance related to determining assessment priorities, identifying appropriate data types and sources, and analyzing and summing up findings. The pre-conference will be highly participatory; participants should come with specific research ideas and can expect to leave with the outline of a solid plan for designing and conducting a research project.

Preparing for Electronic Resources Management (ERM) Software
Joe Holtermann, Minnesota State University – Mankato
Pre-Conference Workshop Sunday, February 27, 8am-12pm

Is your library planning to implement electronic resources management software soon? Are you “getting organized” and reviewing your electronic resources processes? This workshop will focus on planning and preparing for ERM software, with emphasis on small to medium sized libraries who have not yet implemented an ERM product.

The session will emphasize the importance of planning and preparation in several important areas: a) workflows, b) licensing, c) access details, and d) usage statistics. We will also consider the inter-relationship between ERM software and other common library tools, such as an integrated library system and a link resolver.
Data Clean-Up Workshop
Margaret Hogarth, University of California, Riverside Libraries
Pre-Conference Workshop Sunday, February 27, 1-5pm

Moving data about library resources among systems often engenders data clean-up processes. What’s the best way to clean up data? Which tools and skills can non-programmers use? Learn and practice techniques to clean up data problems common to libraries in this hands-on workshop. Discuss data normalization, strategies for coping with missing data, and the use of macros.
Effective E-Resource Management with CORAL
Robin Malott, Ben Heet, Tanya Prokrym & Andy Langhurst, University of Notre Dame
Pre-Conference Workshop Sunday, February 27, 1-5pm

Participate in a half day preconference for an in-depth overview and discussion of the University of Notre Dame’s open source ERM system, CORAL. This session is designed for libraries that are currently seeking an ERM solution as well as those who have already implemented CORAL.
It will include in-depth overview and analysis of each of the four released modules of CORAL. Agenda will include live demonstrations of each of the modules including Resources, Licensing, Organizations and Usage Statistics. We will discuss best practices for each module as well as implementation options. Participants will learn about the future plans for CORAL and our desire to build a community of adopters around the product. During the session participants will be encouraged to ask any questions of the CORAL developers and members of the core implementation team at Notre Dame.