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Science and Technology Section (STS): Past Annual & Midwinter Conferences

ACRL Science & Technology Section programming and materials from past conferences.

2020 ALA Annual Hot Topics

STS Hot Topics Discussion: Research Metrics Expanded!

June 15 from 1-2 p.m. CDT

Recording Link:


Session Description: Since you demanded more after the Midwinter Virtual Session, here it is! Libraries are frequently at the intersection of assessment and scholarly communication. Over the years, multiple research metrics have been developed to assess the quality of scholarship produced. However, with so many metrics available, it is often difficult to navigate research assessment. What do research metrics actually measure? How effective are they at measuring scientific quality and what are the potential ethical considerations to their use? In what ways are social media and altmetrics changing how research is evaluated? Please join us to learn more about the changing research metrics landscape and how libraries can better engage with the broader academic community. In this session, Stefanie Haustein will address questions raised by participants during the Midwinter Virtual Discussion. There will also be time for Q&A following the presentation.

Presenter Bio: Stefanie Haustein is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies and co-director of the ScholCommLab, a research group that analyzes all aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age. Haustein’s research focuses on scholarly communication, bibliometrics, altmetrics, and open science.

Hot Topics Discussion Group/Publisher Vendor relations session on Vendor Negotiations (including cancellations) 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 3-5 p.m. Eastern


2019 - ALA Annual Hot Topics - Library as Publisher: The challenge of hosting student and faculty journals

When: Sunday, June 23, 2019   10:30 am –11:30 am

Where: Washington Hilton, Kalorama

What: A panel of speakers will discuss experiences with library-based publishing including successes, challenges and how the library’s position as publisher has changed over time.  What support is necessary and available for libraries and librarians , as they consider these new responsibilities? The discussion will explore the library’s role in publishing journals both in STEM and other disciplines. Following speaker presentations, participants will engage in roundtable discussions centered around these topics.


Amy Paster, Head Life Science Library, Penn State University and Editor of IK: Other Ways of Knowing.

Regina Raboin, Associate Director, Lamar Soutter Library at University of Massachusetts Medical School and Editor of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB).

 Moderated By: Mike Goates, Life Sciences Librarian, Brigham Young University


Presentation Slides:

Regina Raboin

Want to Learn More?

Society for Scholarly Publications (SSP)

Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)

The award article, “Developing a Business Plan for a Library Publishing Program”, (publications, Vol. 6, Issue 4) by Kate McCready and Emma Molls, and two (2) additional articles and the Ethical Framework for Library Publishing, are linked to in the announcement.

LPC Directory 

2019 - ALA Midwinter Hot Topics - Predatory Journals

"Predatory Journals: How to Help Faculty and Students Navigate the Good from the Bad"

Saturday, January 26, 2019   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

GRAND Leonesa I (Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesa I)

A panel of speakers will focus on the issue of predatory journals and how to assist faculty and students to decipher the good from the bad. As institutions embrace the concept of open access publishing as a solution to mandates to make research available, and to combat the rising cost of journal subscriptions, more open access journals are being launched every year. Most are honest attempts to meet these needs, but some are not. The discussion will explore the challenges faculty face as they try to navigate the realm of open access journals, decipher the credible from the untrustworthy, practical tips on recognizing the deceptive tactics and strategies used to prey upon researchers, and the misrepresentation and illusions of predatory journals. Participants will engage in roundtable discussions centered around these topics following speaker presentations.


Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication at University of Utah (Look at his most recent book Scholarly Communications: What Everyone Needs to Know.)

Sarah Norris, Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Central Florida (Find more of her work on scholarly communications in two upcoming books: Copyright Conversations:  Rights Literacy in a Digital World and Approaches to Liaison Librarianship: Innovations in Organization & Engagement.)

2018 ALA Midwinter Hot Topics - Shifting Roles

“Shifting Roles within Science Librarianship”

n the past, many libraries and institutions have embraced the liaison model as a way of expanding subject specialists’ responsibilities. Liaison librarians have done outreach, department and curriculum support, instruction and community engagement in addition to collection development and reference. Today there are even more diverse changes to librarian roles. What are the successes and challenges associated with the current liaison model? What changes are we seeing in terms of roles, responsibilities, and expectations for science liaisons? Join John Meier (Pennsylvania State University), Laura Palumbo (Rutgers University), and Jeffra Bussmann (California State University at East Bay) to discuss the evolving expectations and shifting models of support for liaisons and subject specialists in STEM fields.

2018 ALA Midwinter Hot Topics - Data Refuge

Data Refuge: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go From Here? @ McCormick Place, S101

DataRescue events have proliferated since the beginning of 2017. Their goal has been to create trustworthy copies of federal data in multiple locations so as to maintain continued accessibility for researchers and the public. This joint Hot Topics and Scholarly Communications session will explore librarians’ role as strategies evolve for preserving high value data, including climate change and environmental data. The audience will have the opportunity to engage with speakers who have been involved in Data Rescue events as well as to discuss actions librarians might take such as communicating science-related issues to the public. The speakers will be Laurie Allen (University of Pennsylvania) and Scott Carlson (Rice University).

Sponsored by ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion Group, STS Scholarly Communications Committee, & STS Hot Topics

2010 ALA Discussion group: Evaluating & Weeding Books in the Sciences