Community Discussions

Awards and Conference Information

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If you're interested in attending the breakfast or poster session, which are both ticketed events, please register beforehand so we can get accurate headcounts.


The Division provides a number of awards for travel to the SLA Conference and to encourage participation in the Division; we thank our generous sponsors for their continued support of the awards.  They are:

2019 Conference Programming Generously sponsored by IEEE and SPIE!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

  • Newcomers Breakfast and Member Meet-up (ticketed event, no charge for members, but please indicate on your registration that you are attending)

Location: Convention Center, room 7
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Join us to meet our new members. Have coffee and a quick bite to fuel up for a busy day of conference events. Share details about your innovations and accomplishments with your colleagues.  

  • All Science and Engineering Divisions’ Poster Session (ticketed event, no charge for members, but please indicate on your registration that you are attending)

Location: Hilton Center Street BC
7:15 – 8:15 PM
Join us for the All Sciences and Engineering Divisions' Award presentations and stay for the snacks and poster session discussions. Vote for the best poster to be included in the SLA Best Poster competition.

Co-sponsors: Chemistry, Biomedical and Life Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, Pharmaceutical and Health Technology, Science-Technology Divisions 

Monday, June 17, 2019

  • New Research Tools You Need to Know About

Location: Convention Center, room 20
4:45 - 5:45 PM
New research tools are in the marketplace but direct information about how they work and how they are implemented in libraries is hard to find. This panel discussion will feature product managers from Dimensions, Mendeley Data and Clarivate/Kopernio to present brief case studies on how these new research tools are currently being implemented. 

Speakers: Jim Martin University of Arizona, Moderator, Don Sechler WOS/Kopernio, Moises Moreno, Elsevier, Heidi Becker, Dimensions.

Co- sponsors: Academic and Science-Technology Divisions

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

  • Sci-Tech 101: Organ Donation and Medical Devices

Location: Convention Center, room 14
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Basic educational session focusing on free or low-cost resources for researching topics related to organ donation and medical device innovation.  Mary Frances Lembo will discuss living organ donation and resources to support research in that area. James Manasco will expand outside that topic and look at the latest in medical devices and resources for research on that topic.

Speakers: Mary Frances Lembo and James Manasco

Co-sponsors: Pharmaceutical and Health Technologies and Science-Technology Divisions

  • Gear up for your next career: managers and applicants share experiences and advice

Location: Convention Center, room 22
10:15 - 11:30 AM
Gear up for your next career: managers and applicants share experiences and advice. A panel of veteran and newly minted librarians will give 5-10 min presentations on the interview process, crafting cover letters and resumes, skills in top demand, and how to keep current with new technologies. The panel includes both corporate and academic librarians. 75 min time slot will allow for extensive Q&A and networking before and after the event.

Speakers: Carolyn Jackson, Moderator; Samantha Bouwers, ACT Inc, James King US NIH, Theresa Pipher Dawnbreaker

Co-sponsors Leadership and Management and Science-Technology Divisions

  • Blockchain: The New Technology and Its Applications for Libraries
Location: Convention Center, Room 14
10:15 - 11:30 AM
This session will explore how libraries may adopt blockchain technology via various paths. Experts will share their research and experience, providing the audience with a better understanding.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sandra Hirsh; Panelist: Bohyun Kim

Co-sponsors: Engineering, Information Technology, and Science and Technology Divisions



Sponsor Award Sponsored
logo for ASTM International Ann Koopman Sci-Tech Division Achievement Award

IEEE electronic library logo
Bonnie Hilditch Travel Award

logo for SPIE Digital Library
S. Kirk Cabeen Travel Award

logo for World Scientific
Diane K. Foster International Student Travel Award

We thank SPIE for sponsoring our professional development webinar series.

If you are interested in sponsoring a SciTech program, please contact a board member.