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Suggestions for Data-Related Sessions at SLA 2016!

Suggestions for Data-Related Sessions at SLA 2016!


SLA 2016 Annual Conference is just around the corner – June 12 – 14 in Philadelphia, PA. You won’t want to miss these great data related sessions endorsed by the Data Caucus! Be sure to add them to your conference planner!


Data Searching

Do-It-Yourself CI: Sources, Strategies and Techniques

Sat. June 11| 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 103-C

Whether they know it or not, your clients (internal or external) are already incorporating CI into their decision-making – whether for marketing, strategy, HR management, new business development, or sales. You need to be ready to support them in all of these activities by incorporating CI into what you do for them. Learn about CI as a tool for your own toolbox. Get great tips on marketing your CI skills, as well as a critical look at important data sources and managing outsourcing, plus proven tips for analyzing data. In addition, learn how to figure out what you and they really need to know and when you and they need to know it. And be prepared to participate in exercises to help hone your new skills. This is CI the do-it-yourself (DIY) way.

Presented by: Competitive Intelligence Division

Cost: $199 Member | $299 Non-Member | $99 Student


John McGonagle

Managing Partner, The Helicon Group

Data Mining and Text Mining

EMERGING IDEAS: Datamining Non-Patent STEM Literature–Roadblocks and Successes

Sun. June 12| 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM | Convention Center, Room 202-A

Datamining of non-patent literature has often been restricted by copyright or licensing making the analysis of”external” data a challenge for organizations. This road block is a hot topic in Europe where laws are being reformed. Join this panel to discuss legislation trends, copyright aspects, licensing and contracts, and successful examples of content mining.

Presented by: Leadership & Management Division Content Buying Section, Engineering Division, Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division


Geraldine Clement-Stoneham

Medical Research Council UK

Lesley Ellen Harris

David Tang

Adjunct Professor, McGill University

Hot Topic: Automated Wisdom: Achieving Value from Big Content

Mon. June 13| 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 204-B

We all know that content is king in the world of information. But with 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created everyday, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the content landscape is changing. Everything from licensing implications to how we interact with content today. Explore the key challenges in achieving strategic value from big content, and understand how to get closer to automated wisdom with our panel of experts including, Jan Sykes, President of Information Management Services; Amy Affelt, Director of Database Research, Worldwide, Compass Lexecon; and Thani Sokka, Head of Architecture, Dow Jones; hosted and moderated by William Ashworth, General Manager, Professional Information Business, Dow Jones

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Text Mining Stories from Librarians

Tue. June 14| 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Convention Center, Room 105-B

Three information professionals employed within the life science industry, two librarians and a biologist will each present a case report of a recent text mining project to show how they create value while also providing a view into the processes that they followed to assume such a specialized role within their companies. The presentations will provide insight into skill development, mining and visualization tools, the content side of the equation, as well as technical and other challenges and ultimately how text mining and analytics services may be systematically supported within an organization. Here is an overview of each of the presentations:

–Tom Horan, Scientific Information Specialist from Novo Nordisk will present a collaborative project that uses Linguamatics I2E to mine a very large set of internally generated data to identify the main topics of conversation between Medical Liaisons (MLs) and health care providers, and to also identify the materials MLs used to support those conversations. Customized visualizations and GeoMaps were created using Tableau to present the i2e findings in a way that tells a concise story but is also dynamic for the user. The added value for the Medical Affairs team is that the trending topics and supporting materials can now be discovered through an automated query, providing deeper insights in a faster time frame.

— Dr. Lauren Harrison, Senior Data Scientist, Roche Innovation Center NY will give an overview of recent research to improve the identification of genes in with Linguamatics I2e using an open source gene tagger gnormPlus. As part of the presentation, Lauren will describe how her role has evolved as an Data Scientist as well as her experience with I2E Linguamatics and other text mining technologies (e.g. Elsevier text mining tool and Quosa concept clustering and text mining of other bibliographic data sources).

–Dr. Richard Cai, Competitive Intelligence Manager will give an overview of how the Novartis Knowledge Center depending on needs and availability of technologies, utilizes existing tools or develops new tools to analyze and deliver information to end users, such as literature and news alerts, text mining literature, expert identification, and social network analyses with tagging. One or two examples will be presented to highlight how Novartis has devised solutions to text mine MEDLINE and other sources for specific business cases.

Program Takeaways

Participants will gain an understanding of different routes that might be followed to develop text mining skills

Participants will explore the challenges that can be encountered in using text mining methodologies to answer mission critical questions

Participants will learn how innovation and pragmatism can be combined to deliver quick and user oriented solutions for information delivery

Moderating: Magan Stephens, Gilead Sciences

Presented by: Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division, Taxonomy Division




Richard Cai

Competitive Intelligence Manager, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Lauren Harrison

Senior Data Scientist, Roche Innovation Center New York

Data Curation/Data Management

Just the Facts: Data Curation and Management (A Science and Engineering 101 Session)

Sun. June 12| 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 204-A

Join James Manasco and Mary Frances Lembo (and maybe a special guest or two) as they present fun and informative facts on data curation and management. Discover basics that will guide you into a career related to this topic or join us for a refresher or just plain catch up on what’s going on in this field. Speakers will discuss and raise questions about data curation/management and future developments/practices/policies.


Presented by: Science-Technology Division, Petroleum & Energy Resources Division


World Scientific Publishing


Mary Frances Lembo

Research Librarian, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

James Manasco

Librarian, Wayland Alexander Elementary School

MASTER CLASS: Best Practices in Data Management and User Engagement

Sun. June 12| 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 114

Researchers on our campuses and organizations have a diverse set of data-intensive research obligations – from data management plans to data discovery platforms and services. Librarians are uniquely qualified to assist by providing services including data curation, visualization, interpretation, discovery, storage and analysis. Helping out with these responsibilities has enabled libraries to move beyond their traditional roles to add value in the services they provide to their users and to take on a more active role in user engagement.

Rita Vine, Head of Faculty and Student Engagement at the University of Toronto Libraries and co-author of the December 2015 report from the Association of Research Libraries on the Columbia University/Cornell University/University of Toronto Pilot Library Liaison Institute will share insights on how the roles of the library and librarians are shifting to meet researcher’s data-intensive obligations and interests. She will highlight how libraries are adapting from purchasing materials for local use to provide advice in new areas like research grant compliance and global collaborations, and how these affect researcher choices surrounding data management, storage, and sharing. Rita will also consider the successes and challenges of assisting and engaging researchers with library-led data initiatives. .

The second speaker, Scott Brown, a Cybrarian at Oracle, and owner of Social Information Group, will highlight how to successfully use social media to drive visibility for information services. Scott will describe how to engage constituents with research data tasks, tools, resources and services via social media channels. Scott will help participants understand and effectively use social tools to achieve organizational goals.


The third speaker, Jan Johansson, Information Manager at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System will discuss the latest trends and best practices in maintaining a vibrant and effective data curation and management program. Participants will learn about the latest tools to assist with data collection, representation and management, digital preservation and archiving, data standards and policy.

Presented by: Chemistry Division, Academic Division, Science-Technology Division, Information Technology Division, Government Information Division, Food Agriculture & Nutrition Division, Competitive Intelligence Division




Scott Brown

Rita Vine

Head, Faculty and Student Engagement, University of Toronto Libraries

Jan Johansson

Information Manager, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Data Literacy

GIS Data: What It Is, and the Library’s Role in Relation to It

Mon. June 13| 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Convention Center, Room 204-A

GIS, Geographic Information System, is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. This technology allows maps to be layered with other types of data. Dozens of map layers can be arrayed to display information about transportation networks, hydrology, population characteristics, economic activity, political jurisdictions, criminal activity, and more. This layering creates a visual way to analyze information and trends, which can be highly useful for policy makers. GIS is integral for many agencies, and it’s important for information professionals to be familiar with it in order to help customers with this technology. Join us for this session to learn more about GIS data, and return to your organization with a better understanding of what it is, what can be done with it, and what your library’s role can be in relation it.

Presented by: Transportation Division, Government Information Division


Grant Ervin

Deputy Geographic Information Officer, City of Philadelphia, Office of Innovation and Technology

Hannah Fischer

Senior Research Librarian, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

Paulette Hasier

Head Librarian, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Jennifer Johnson

Lead GIS Analyst, City of Philadelphia, Office of Innovation and Technology

Teaching Data Literacy

Mon. June 13| 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Convention Center, Room 108-A

Data literacy can be defined the ability to interpret, evaluate, and communicate statistical information. How can librarians support the data needs of students, clients and colleagues? How can librarians promote data literacy competencies in academic programs, classroom, and work environment? Join a panel of presenters as they discuss incorporating data literacy skills into the classroom and work environment. The speakers will present case studies from a variety of settings including undergraduate, graduate, and workplace.

Presented by: Education Division, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division



Michael Fosmire

Purdue University Libraries

Elaine Lasda

Subject Librarian for Social Welfare, University at Albany

Stefanie Maclin-Hurd

Research Impact Metrics

QUICK TAKE: Using Metrics to Help Faculty and Researchers Showcase Their Value

Sun. June 12| 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM | Convention Center, INFO-EXPO

Participants will gain a familiarity with metrics in order to assist faculty and researchers in showcasing their value. Practical examples will be demonstrated on evolving journals and database article-level metrics, as well as, using the Web of Science database to demonstrate how to create a portfolio of scholarly and other metrics for a faculty, department, college or an organization.

Presented by: Chemistry Division, Chemistry Division – Material Research & Manufacturing Section


Lutishoor Salisbury

Distinguished Professor/Librarian, University of Arkansas Libraries

QUICK TAKE: Googling for Facts, Grey Literature, and Metrics in STEM

Mon. June 13| 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM | Convention Center, INFO-EXPO

Google products complement traditional article and full-text databases in the sciences and engineering by including grey literature sources, providing metrics for articles, authors, and journals, and allowing quick access to factual information. This quick take presentation will discuss: techniques for using Google tools and features to find facts and grey literature sources; citation searching in Google Scholar, and creating a My Citations profile page to calculate an author’s h-index and track citations to his/her publications; building a Google Custom Search engine to search image resources on a specific subject; and cases where Google instruction was incorporated in information literacy sessions offered to different groups.

Presented by: Engineering Division


Giovanna Badia

McGill University Libraries

MASTER CLASS: The Librarian’s Role in Research Assessment and Highlighting Value

Tue. June 14| 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 114

With an increased emphasis on all types of institutional and academic assessment, libraries are collaborating with campus partners to help deliver these metrics. Using commercial analytical tools such as Scival and InCites, librarians can assist organizations in identifying research strengths and areas of opportunity, and help visualize institutional and faculty productivity. Using citation databases, librarians help faculty and institutions evaluate research output using citation metrics and analysis and help interpret and utilize altmetric tools. This session will cover real-life examples how libraries have partnered with their institutional assessment offices, academic departments and individuals to assist them in evaluating their research output.



(1) Dr. Danny Kingsley, Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge.

Topic: The challenges of the disciplinary/institutional divide

Drawing from the experience at her university, she will elaborate on ways their Research office and the University Library are collaborating on ways to integrate different systems within the University to help compliance requirements with the aim of achieving the goal of ‘submit once, use many times’. She will discuss how the Library is forging new relationships – and successful engagement with the academic community that requires demonstrating value of their services.

(2) Elizabeth Ten Have, the Director of Library Academic Partnerships at Drexel University Libraries.

Topic: Expanding our reach: Libraries support of research activities at Drexel University

Her presentation will describe how Drexel University Libraries has broadened its programmatic activities to support its current strategic initiative of ““Research Innovation” and how the efforts have contributed to raising the Libraries profile on campus. She will highlight their use and impact of both free (e.g. ORCID, SciENcv) and proprietary tools (e.g. LibGuides, InCites) through a collaboration of the liaison librarians.

(3) Christopher Belter, Informationist, National Institute of Health Library

Topic: Partnering with stakeholders to assess research impact at the National Institutes of Health

Through a series of case studies, his presentation will highlight and assess the methods and tools used by the NIH Library in partnership with evaluators to assess the research directions, collaboration structures, and citation impacts of NIH Institutes, research initiatives, and grant portfolios.

Presented by: Chemistry Division, Academic Division, Science-Technology Division, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division, Engineering Division, Biomedical & Life Sciences Division


ACS Publications


Christopher Belter

National Institutes of Health

Elizabeth Ten Have

Director, Library Academic Partnerships, Drexel University Libraries

Danny Kingsley








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