New Publications


Quick updates: what an exciting month this has been! This week I signed up for my figshare account and got a DOI for my LibGuides Project Team poster. My plan now is to turn this poster into a write up and publish it somewhere. Where? TBD.

Mellanye Lackey presented the other poster I was co-author on.


Earlier this month, my short piece for the MLA News Technology column was also published. If you’re an MLA member, please enjoy. If you are not, the gist of it is in my post here.


SLA 2014 All-Sciences Poster Session

Click photo for an enlarged version of the poster

Here I am with my poster! Huge thanks to everyone who helped me put this together, especially Arjun who helped with data analysis and poster design. I tried really hard to make this poster work in LaTeX, but ultimately created it in Inkscape. I have the SVG file if anyone would like to reuse it. Now I can say I can support Inkscape, too! And a quick thanks to Martha Roseberry who helped me hang the poster up, and to Bill Jacobs who took this photograph.

NOTE: the private consultation data shown in the chart under “Spring 2014” is incomplete as it does not include June 2014. Poster abstract is in this post.

I had a fantastic time talking to people. The session was supposed to be for 1.5 hours but I didn’t end up leaving till about 20 minutes past. I gave away 43 letter sized versions of my poster and gathered some great feedback for the paper I’m going to write up. Tony Stankus (editor-in-chief of Science & Technology Libraries) has encouraged me to submit it as soon as possible.

The downside to presenting a poster is that I didn’t get a chance to go see the other posters in the room. I hope the organizers will gather all the PDFs and put them on the web soon.

SLA 2014 All Sciences Poster Session – Abstract

Great news! My first poster abstract has been accepted for full presentation at the All Sciences Poster Session at this year’s SLA Annual Conference! Now I get to take what I teach and apply it.


Poster Title: Beyond Information Literacy: Supporting Science & Scholarly Communications

Poster Abstract: ACRL defines information literacy as the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information [1]. While librarians have embraced their roles as educators, many have not gone beyond teaching these skills in courses, workshops, and individual consultations. In the sciences especially, information is easily available through well established digital infrastructures (e.g. repositories) and new publishing models (e.g. open access). Because science students learn how to analyze and use that information through coursework and departmental advising, librarians must find other ways to support them. The librarians at Dartmouth College have begun focusing on helping students develop communication skills and greater awareness of how scientists disseminate their work. This poster will highlight some innovative ways to support scholarly communications and to teach science students how to effectively communicate the knowledge they have acquired. Areas of focus include organizing references, learning and using LaTeX, designing and presenting a research poster, crafting a science elevator pitch, exploring publishing options, and measuring the impact of different work.

[1] Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000;

This is part of the call:


All Sciences Poster Session – June 2014, Vancouver, B.C.
The poster session will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

SESSION CO-SPONSORS: Biomedical & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics, and Science-Technology, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Divisions

Conference theme this year is “Beyond Borders”

Your poster presentation could help your colleagues immeasurably as we all seek to demonstrate the value of our services to our parent organizations or potential clients, and enhance scientists’ knowledge management skills. The poster session provides an informal and lively venue for sharing your innovative ideas on an important topic related to library science, information management, technological innovation, or related to the conference theme: Beyond Borders.

ELIGIBILITY: Any SLA member is welcome to submit an abstract. Your submission MUST include the objective and methods sections of the structured abstract. The objective section (for which you may substitute the research question) may not exceed 60 words, and the methods section (which may include brief descriptions of the population and expected results) may not exceed 140 words. We do not require results and conclusions at this point, although you must be able to present them if selected.

In the event that a greater number of submissions are received than can be accommodated, members of the sponsoring science divisions will be given first preference.

GUIDELINES and LAYOUT: Guidelines for materials and layout of poster presentations are available on the SLA Chemistry Division website at