Day 2 of 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting

Day 2 of the ASIS&T Annual Meeting started bright and early, with the first sessions beginning at 8am! I decided to attend the session “Data and Information Access and Preservation” with four papers.

The first paper, “Closing the Loop: Assisting Archival Appraisal and Information Retrieval in One Sweep” assessed appraisal as “a complex information retrieval task.” The second, “The Role of Data Reuse in the Apprenticeship Process,” addressed data reuse in the fields of zoology and archaeology, noting that reuse is a way in which new scholars learn to become members of their academic communities. The next paper, “Disaster Planning for Digital Repositories,” discussed the findings of a survey the authors had conducted questioning digital repositories’ disaster planning activities. Finally, “Environmental Voluntary Groups: Toward Curating Data for Sharing, Access, and Preservation” questioned information professionals’ ability to gather data generated by “amateur” (though the paper questioned this term) scientists/passionate enthusiasts in scientific fields. The session was a bit dry overall (or maybe it was just the early hour!) but I came away with some good points.

At 10:30am, there was a panel on “Information Outsiders of the 21st Century,” discussing equity of access and the digital divide. The panel included scholars from the Universities of South Carolina and Maryland. The panel laid out three types of access: physical, intellectual, and social. All three types, the panel argued, must be account for in any access policy, and such policies need to address social justice outcomes as much as technical ones.

After a lunch break (I tried a great vegan restaurant in Montreal: Crudessence), it was time for the panel on which I was presenting! “Digital Liaisons: Engaging with Digital Curation and Practice,” sponsored by SIG-DL (Special Interest Group-Digital Libraries). The panel session started with viewing some of the posters that had been accepted. Then Carolyn Hank of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville gave a passionate and humorous keynote speech. Afterwards, time for the lightning talks, of which my presentation was one! All of the student presenters did a great job, and the range of topics stimulated several questions in the Q&A period.

At 3:30, some classmates attended a session on UX Labs that they said made them jealous–hopefully we will get such a lab at Pratt SILS sometime in the near future!

After the day’s sessions were done, Pratt SILS got some more attention when Iris Bierlein and Nora Meyer presented the poster they had made with SILS Professor Irene Lopatovska, “Exploring Requirements for Online Art Collections, during the President’s Reception. Great job, guys!

With that, another busy conference day came to a close.

Diana Bowers (click the link to see my conference tweets!)

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