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Detecting fake research papers

Detecting fake research papers

A few months ago we posted about a slate of Springer and IEEE computer science conference papers that had been determined to be fakes generated by SCIGen paper-generator software. Since then, Nature has published a paper describing a methodology for detecting, by linguistic analysis using word clusters, fake papers generated by SCIGen, MathGen and other such […]

Fun times at the Rakow Research Library!

Fun times at the Rakow Research Library!

UNYSLA wants to thank the Rakow Research Library for the awesome tour the day before our spring conference. It was neat to see all the books, slides, dvd’s, drawings, etc. related to the art and history of glass making. Super cool!  

Webinar: Get Ready for SLA 2014 in Vancouver

The SLA Baseball Caucus, along with the Western Canada Chapter and the Business & Finance Division are excited to announce this free webinar to help you get ready for SLA 2014.

Get Ready for SLA 2014 in Vancouver

Join us for this webinar on May 14, 2014, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Reserve your webinar seat now at:

So you’re packing your bags and heading to Vancouver for SLA.  Not sure what to do, what to expect, or what to wear?  Wondering how far your hotel is from the convention center? What do you REALLY need to know that won’t be found in the conference planner? What’s a rookie to do???

You certainly don’t want to strike out alone. Let us help you take the “Hollywood North” like a pro! The Baseball Caucus, along with the Western Canada Chapter and the Business & Finance Division, will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 14, at 2 pm EDT to get you ready for the upcoming conference.  Veterans of past conferences and your Western Canada hosts – the folks who REALLY know Vancouver – will be on-hand to answer your questions and help you hit a home run at the SLA conference.

Title:                   Get Ready for SLA 2014 in Vancouver

Date:                   Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time:                  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

For more information about this webinar, contact Jeff Graveline( ), Laura Leavitt ( ) or Tony Landolt    ( ).

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Cornell University – Business Research and Instruction Librarian

Full description at Business Research and Instruction Librarian-23499. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 16th.

Description: The Management Library at Cornell University is looking for creative and forward-thinking candidates for a Business Research and Instruction Librarian. The successful candidate will provide research and instruction support to the faculty, students, and staff of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson). Above all, candidates must be excited by the opportunity to develop the relationships, programs, and services needed to support success at a top ranked graduate business school.

Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting to the Assistant Director of Research & Learning Services, the Business Research and Instruction Librarian:

Designs, teaches, and assesses instruction sessions, including working with faculty to develop curriculum-integrated instructional programs.
Provides direct research assistance to the Johnson community.
Develops library outreach/marketing tools and services.
Contributes actively to team building, goal setting, and long term planning for the department.
Collaborates with colleagues and customers across Cornell University.
Cultivates personal subject knowledge; participates actively in professional organizations, library, and university committees; and engages in scholarly pursuits.


An ALA-accredited MLS, MBA, or equivalent graduate degree.
Demonstrated interest and excitement for business as a discipline.
Passion for and experience with teaching or training.
Strong analytical, quantitative, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills, especially in a research context.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written/oral communication skills.
Ability to resolve competing demands in an environment of fast-paced change.
Strong service ethic and customer-centered thinking.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a service-oriented environment.
Commitment to the Hospitality, Labor and Management Library’s core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated excellence in teaching/training.
At least 1 year of business research experience in a corporate or academic environment.
Advanced degree or coursework in business or related fields.
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel or other analytical tools.
Willingness to explore the use of new technology in support of effectively achieving goals, with a high tolerance for risk and failure.
Experience creating marketing/outreach campaigns. (Portfolio submissions optional. Portfolios may be hosted on the web or can be submitted as a single PDF no larger than 5MB.)

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From Literature Searching to Literature Analysis: How to Create Insight with Search Results: Webinar

SLA Sci-Tech Division:  From Literature Searching to Literature Analysis:  How to Create Insight with Search Results


When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT



Go beyond literature searching by providing your customers with analysis.  Deborah Keller offers four ways to analyze database search results to give added value to the information.  She suggests research questions that can be asked and answered, and recommends new  information products—written reports, graphs, and visualizations–that information professionals can develop with standard or free software and offer to customers.  Increase your analytical skills and boost your value within your organization by looking at and presenting the information that you already have in new ways.  This webinar will give you the tools to begin using these techniques yourself.


About the presenter:  Deborah Keller is the principal of Keller & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in training on knowledge management and leadership skills among information professionals. She has spent more than 10 years as a research librarian and knowledge manager for the U.S. federal government, continuing to hone the skills that she teaches others.  Deborah received her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, studying Chemistry and History.  She holds an M.L.I.S. from Rosary College and an M.A. in History from Pennsylvania State University.  Her professional interests include taxonomies and metadata, knowledge management, and the development of leadership skills among information professionals.  She believes in continuous learning and encourages non-traditional roles for librarians.



The GoToWebinar Registration Web Link is:

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Why does copyright matter? What does it mean in the digital age? – Free Webcast

April 24
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: The AFL-CIO Building 815 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, President’s Room
The event will also be available through a webcast.

Join the Social Science Division of SLA and the Washington chapter of the National Writer’s Union for a panel session to discuss fair use, book scanning, and how writers are making a living from Internet publishing.

For all the information, visit:

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Taxonomy Division offers CE workshops at SLA Vancouver

Hurry! Time is running out for Early Bird registration for SLA Vancouver 2014! Discounted rates end Friday, April 11. Save money on conference registration. Register today!

While you’re registering for the conference, you can also sign up for one of the Taxonomy Division’s exciting CE workshops. Whether you’re new to the field of taxonomy, or want to take your knowledge to the next level, you will find a course for you. Choose from one of the following two all-day courses offered Saturday, June 7, from 8 am to 5 pm. Note: prices listed are in US dollars and include course materials, a box lunch, and beverages at breaks. Book now, because The Vancouver Convention Centre has very strict catering policies: no on-site meals can be added!

Introduction to Taxonomies

Course Level: Fundamental

Cost: $299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)

Speakers: Margie Hlava, Access Innovations; Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations

(Note: The speakers are Ms. Hlava and Mr. Kasenchak, which is a change from previously published materials.)

Summary:Experience a fast moving and powerful introduction to both the theoretical and practical aspects of building taxonomies.  A well-built taxonomy is part of the foundation of the information architecture underlying web sites, corporate Intranets, search, and access to content in databases. This course introduces participants to the basic methodologies and techniques for taxonomy development, as well as providing an overview of taxonomy standards and their application in search, web sites, publishing, retail and e-commerce, records management and other organizational needs.  

After defining controlled vocabularies and identifying the core standards, participants will explore key concepts of taxonomies, thesauri, indexing, classification and filtering. Discussion will include the basics of a taxonomy records and fundamental term relationships.  Attendees will put concepts into practice through multiple exercises, including creating a simple taxonomy.  Related software tools will also be discussed. 

About the Speakers:

Marjorie (Margie) Hlava has worked behind the scenes for most of the major information organizations. She worked for five years at NASA and was also the Information Director for the DOE National Energy Information Center and its affiliate NEICA. She became Information Director before taking her team private as Access Innovations, Inc. in 1978. She developed Access Innovations software suite (Data Harmony) specifically to increase accuracy and consistency while streamlining the clerical aspects in editorial and indexing tasks. Margie served as NFAIS president from 2003 to 2004, and has served on the board of SLA twice, was president of the ASIS&T, president of Documentation Abstracts, president of ASIDIC, and Treasurer of IIA at the time of its merger with SPA to become SIIA, as well as having served in many board, committee, and editorial positions within each of those organizations. She currently serves on several boards, including those for the ASIS&T Bulletin (Chair), Information Systems and Use, Places and Spaces, University of North Carolina SLIS, and the SLA Taxonomy Division (founding Chair). Margie’s work has been acknowledged through numerous awards throughout her career, including ASIS&T’s Watson Davis award, the SLA President’s Award, recognition as an SLA Fellow, and as an Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence for Technology. In February 2014 she was awarded the Miles Conrad lectureship for NFAIS.

Bob Kasenchak provides oversight and support of editorial projects at the company. His job responsibilities include a wide range of client specifications, thesaurus creation, rule building, and customer interaction. Bob has led taxonomy development and other projects for JSTOR, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, the American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE), Engineering Research Education (ERE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Thesaurus (MSHT). Bob attended St. John’s College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, completing his master’s in theoretical studies and doctoral work in music theory. He lists his interests as tea, music, pipes, design, philosophy, and literature. He is married with one cat.


Taxonomy Integration: Content Management, Navigation and Search

Course Level: Advanced

Cost: $299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)

Speakers: Michael Kilgore, InfoClear Consulting; Wendi Pohs, InfoClear Consulting

Summary: Taxonomies are here to stay, so it’s time for taxonomists to move past the basics and gain a deeper understanding of the role that taxonomies play in organizations, especially in  productivity applications like content management, web site navigation, and search.   This all-day course begins with the basics of taxonomy integration, and moves on to analyze specific case studies that show how you can enrich and improve your web site, enhance your metadata, and boost your search engine’s relevance. You’ll come away with an understanding about how you can be a successful member of a software development team and have a set of Best Practices that you can apply immediately.

About the Speakers:

Michael Kilgore has over 20 year experience as a consultant, senior executive, and technology architect in wireless communications, security information management, full text search, taxonomy tool development, and integrated information solutions. One of the original developers of the technology behind the NewsEdge realtime news delivery system, he specializes in building high-performance development teams to create workable search and retrieval systems. Before joining InfoClear full time, Mike was VP of Engineering at Schemalogic, a major business semantics tool vendor.

Wendi Pohs has designed and developed taxonomy and search applications for large organizations for over 20 years. She served on development teams for Lotus Development Corporation’s Notes/Domino and Discovery Server products, and managed Search and Taxonomy Integration for IBM’s Corporate Intranet, w3. Author of a book on knowledge management practices, she specializes in advanced semantic applications, built with an experienced practitioner’s point of view. An accomplished speaker at industry events, Wendi provides search and taxonomy consulting services to many large corporate clients.


After an educational Saturday, network with your fellow taxonomists at the no-host dinner that evening starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no additional cost other than your dinner. More information will be available soon.

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Bioinformatics Specialist – University of Rochester

The Bioinformatics Specialist serves as the primary liaison between Edward G. Miner Library and research departments, laboratories, and individual scientists in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and is pivotal to defining, expanding, and supporting e-Science and biomedical research data management.

The Bioinformatics Specialist is responsible for developing and growing a Bioinformatics Consultation & Education Service (BCES) in Miner Library. This service will provide education, training and consultation services related to the processing and analysis of bioinformatics data at the URMC. As an integral member of Miner’s Research and Education team, the Bioinformatics Specialist will develop the educational programs at the heart of the BCES, provide classroom training to students, develop novel services and tools, and serve as a consultant to researchers, faculty, staff and students at URMC.

Our engagement-centered model embraces the concept that the Bioinformatics Specialist, like all library staff, has leadership responsibilities regardless of their position within Medical Center Libraries and Technologies. Leadership on the part of the Bioinformatics Specialist will include activities such as contributing to goals and strategic library directions through active participation on committees and task forces, locally, nationally, and internationally, and sharing expertise throughout the library in order to further library and university missions.

For more information visit: Job ID= 183008

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Part-Time Digital Services Librarian Position at RRLC, Rochester

The Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) seeks a librarian to perform various grant-funded duties, including coordination and training related to RRLC digital services, New York Heritage and New York State Historic Newspapers. Also provides training for RRLC’s highly regarded Continuing Education program. The individual selected for this position will become an important team member of one of the leading library systems in New York State.

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Archival Assistant / Cataloger – Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester

The Rochester School for the Deaf Archive Center holds two primary collections: Documents and Audio-Visual records. These collections include photographic prints, negatives, films, books, newsletters, and much more. Items in these collections span more than 130 years. Some items date back to the founding of RSD in 1876 and encompass over 100 cubic feet of historical materials. The Archive Center also develops and manages a museum with exhibits of key historical objects and digital displays.

The position will involve the following activities:
Primary needs:

  •  Box, folder, and item level cataloging, description, and arrangement.
  • Use of PastPerfect for collection management/cataloging.
  • Scanning and reproduction.
  • Maintain website

Secondary needs:

  • Maintain museum digital displays.
  • Reference services.
  • Maintain finding aids.
  • Assisting with special projects, such as group visits and museum events.

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years of experience in arranging and describing archival collections and applying archival processing standards and providing reference services in an archive.
  • Evidence of developing archival collections and working with donors.
  • Technologically savvy with evidence of working knowledge of digitization standards, metadata and cataloging schemas, and digital preservation strategies.
  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) is a plus.
  • American Sign Language experience and knowledge of deaf culture or willingness to learn.

About the Rochester School for the Deaf Archive Center

The Archive Center’s mission is to collect, hold, care for, and make available for research, historical documents, photographs, artifacts and other valuable records of Rochester School for the Deaf. The Center is managed by a dedicated team of volunteers and is open to members of the RSD community, researchers from academia as well as interested individuals from the private sector.

Send your completed application to:

Dr. Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14621
Fax: 585-544-0383

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