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UNYSLA Updates, Spring 2014

UNYSLA Updates, Spring 2014

Dear Upstate NY Chapter of SLA, UNYSLA’s spring conference, held at the awe-inspiring Corning Museum of Glass, was a resounding success – good attendance, great speakers and plenty of networking opportunities.  This conference was a collaborative effort between SCIP, Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and UNYSLA and was generously sponsored by S&P Capital IQ. The […]

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!  

SLA Building Sale Question and Answer Session

Join SLA President Kate Arnold, President-Elect Jill Strand, Treasurer John DiGilio and CEO Janice Lachance to learn more about the reasons behind the sale of our headquarters building. You will have the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

Date: Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (EDT)

Register Now*

Here’s some background information regarding the decision:

Memo re: Sale of SLA Headquarters Building*
February 2014

Sale of SLA Headquarters Building – Questions*
March 2014

*Background information and webinar are available to SLA members only.

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Registration open for Empire Collaborations

Empire Collaborations – Three Conferences, One Trip – Registration Is Open

  • NY3Rs/NYLA ASLS Section Academic Librarians 2014
  • SUNYLA 2014

SUNY ALBANY, June 9 – June 13

To foster stronger academic library collaborations in New York State, NY 3Rs Association, Inc. and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the New York Library Association; as well as the New York State Higher Education Initiative, and the State University of New York Librarians Association (SUNYLA) are co-hosting a joint conference. This weeklong extravaganza is scheduled for June 9 through June 13, 2014 at the University at Albany. Plans are underway and include some exciting guest speakers (including hint, hint Wicked, Barbara Stripling, Lee Rainie, Maureen Sullivan – and many others), a Thursday evening cruise along the scenic and historic Hudson River, a Friday Publishers Playhouse, and time to socialize and share ideas with your favorite colleagues abound!

Register and find information at

Note: If you work in a library within New York State, you are most likely a NY3Rs member (via your library or library system), and may also belong to NYLA or NYSHEI. If in doubt, feel free to contact Mary-Carol Lindbloom at

UNYSLA is co-sponsoring the early evening social on Tuesday, June 10th.

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Freedom at Work: New & Old Concepts – Webinar

Join SLA’s Leadership and Management Division for our next Professional Development Webinar: Freedom at Work: New & Old Concepts

Date: April 23, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm EST

To register, go to:

Come and explore with John Lubans a variety of leadership and organizational theories and the concepts of effective followership, self-organization, teamwork, and the democratic workplace and the notion of “leading from the middle”. Drawing on his library work experiences with teams and teamwork, and his research, writing and teaching, John will explain how these concepts inter-relate and how a small but growing number of organizations are enhancing their productivity by applying these new organizational models. Take-aways will include specific strategies for introducing “freedom at work” concepts and practices.

Biographical information:
John Lubans Jr., holds degrees from the University of Michigan (library science) and the University of Houston (public administration).
As a librarian, he’s led public services and technical services teams with measurable successes at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Duke University. His book, “Leading from the Middle and Other Contrarian Essays on Library Leadership“ (ABC-Clio), was published in June 2010. Library Journal starred its review and declared the book, “highly recommended.” He blogs weekly at “Leading from the Middle”:

In 2011, John was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Information and Library Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia in the capital city, Riga. Also, as a Fulbright Scholar, he gave presentations in Klaipeda and Vilnius, Lithuania and in Croatia. He is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Latvia and teaches the “Democratic Workplace”, an 8-week class for library practitioners and graduate students. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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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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