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6:00 – 8:30 Lessons Learned – MLW 2013 planners meet to evaluate and review the Workshop, Embassy Suites, Redstone Ballroom – Sponsored by Springer

56th Military Libraries Workshop
Resiliency – Adaptability
Huntsville, AL, 9-11 December 2013
All Workshop Programs held in the Von Braun Center (VBC), South Hall, Ballrooms 1-3

Monday, 9 December

Premier Sponsor IEEE
Technology SponsorKnovel
Day Long Coffee Service in VBCPTFS
VBC Buffett Lunch, Ballrooms Hallway Morningstar
MLD Board Meeting, Embassy Suites Mango Languages
First Time Attendees Meet & Greet with MLD Board, Embassy Suites Safari Books Online

7:30 – 6:30, Registration open VBC South Hallway

8:00 – 12:00, Helen Q. Sherman, Director, DTIC User Services “DTIC Training” (Pre-registration required) – VBC, South Hall, Ballroom 1

Summary. The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) will be offering a mini Boot Camp Training session. Session will cover DTIC’s new and enhanced resources for search and collaboration:
R&E Gateway, DTIC’s new access controlled entry point, provides search and facilitates access to secure collaborative tools.
Powered by a new search engine and advanced output capabilities, the DTIC Collections Search includes DTIC and Information Analysis Center (IAC) Technical Report (TR) collections and Unified Research & Engineering Database (URED) project summaries.
DoDTechipedia is a specialized S&T wiki for the research community, where users can collaborate, contribute, and retrieve information.
DoDTechSpace is a new collaborative tool to facilitate conversations and get up-to-date information from colleagues near and far.
R&E Gateway resources are available to DoD and U.S. Government agencies and their contractors at

11:00 – 1:30 Military Libraries Division Board Meeting, Embassy Suites, Redstone Boardroom
1:00 – 2:00, OCLC Update – VBC, South Hall, Ballroom 1
2:15 – 3:15, DTIC Update – VBC, South Hall, Ballroom 1
3:30 – 4:30, FEDLINK Update – VBC, South Hall, Ballroom 1
4:30 – 5:30, First Time Attendees Meet & Greet with MLD Board – Embassy Suites lobby
6:00 – 8:30, Welcome Reception with Sponsors – VBC, South Hall Ballrooms 2 & 3

Tuesday, 10 December
All Workshop Porgrams will be in VBC, South Hall, Ballroom 1

Premier Sponsor IEEE
Programming Day 1LexisNexis
Technology Sponsor EBSCO
Venue Sponsor ProQuest

8:00 – 8:30
Registration Open

8:30 – 8:45
Welcome from Mr. Eric Edwards, AMRDEC Director

8:45 – 10:00
Deb HuntInformation Edge and SLA President, “Career Agility: Transforming Knowledge and Expertise into Strategic Value”

Summary. Our profession has changed rapidly in the last 30 years, and the changes have challenged all of us to adapt and transform, to be flexible and innovative. SLA President Deb Hunt will address who we are as a profession and discuss where we might be headed.

Learning Objective. Understand that the skills we learned in school and built on through our work experiences have potential not only in traditional library or information center settings but far beyond.

Learning Outcome. Demonstrate that you are an agile professional. Identify your potential both within and outside a traditional setting; be able to turn information into strategic knowledge, and better demonstrate your expertise as an information master.

10:00 – 10:30 Morning BreakSponsored by Gaylord

10:30 – 12:00
Gretchen McCord, Digital Information Law, “Federal Libraries and Copyright Law”

Summary. Rapid changes in technology provide us with a wealth of opportunities to create and use information in new and valuable ways. At the same time, changes in technology create confusion as to how to protect both the works we create and the rights of society to access and use such works. Copyright law is at the forefront of this aspect of the information revolution. This session will discuss some of the top trends in copyright law and policy that effect our ability to use and protect information and works of all types.

Learning Objective. For newcomers to the profession, gain a better understanding of evolving and persistent issues related to copyright law that effect and inform your day to day work. For mid-career and senior library professionals, review and expand your knowledge of the complexity of copyright law as it impacts both your work and the work of your customers.

Learning Outcome. Refresh your awareness and understanding of current trends in copyright law and comprehend its significance for your own agency.

12:00 – 1:30, Buffet Lunch in Info/ExpoSponsored by WT Cox Information Services

1:30 – 2:00
Jane Killian, Defense Forensic Science Center, “Creating a Virtual Library in the age of Closings”

Summary. The Defense Forensic Science Center, formerly the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, is located in Forest Park, Georgia, at the Fort Gillem Enclave. The Center provides forensic laboratory services to DoD military criminal investigative organizations (Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Army Criminal Investigation Command) and other DoD customers. It is a full-service forensic laboratory, providing state-of-the-art forensic examinations in the following disciplines: DNA/serology, digital evidence, drug chemistry, firearms and tool marks, forensic documents, latent prints, and trace evidence. The Center was in need of better organized and more efficient access to their resources, so they hired a librarian! This is the story of the librarian who came into an environment that had no collected and documented resources, and began to build a virtual library, a process that continues today.

Learning Objectives. A librarian’s nightmare, or the best opportunity ever? Learn how one innovative information specialist approached the setting described above, and how she began organizing these resources.

Learning Outcome. Understand how you might begin to apply the skills you use in a more traditional “library” environment to the products and resources of a science laboratory, or any other set of nontraditional holdings.

2:00 – 3:15, Sponsor Showcase
The “Sponsor Speed Dating” returns. Each sponsor will have two minutes to update you on their latest offerings.

3:15 – 3:45, Afternoon BreakSponsored by COMEX

3:45 – 5:00, John Digilio, Reed Smith, LLP, and SLA Treasurer, “In the Balance: Tools to Increase Your Personal and Professional Creativity”

Summary. The boundary between “work life” and “home life” seems to be a thing of the past for many of us. We take our mobile devices with us everywhere – and have grown accustomed to checking them frequently to stay connected with our colleagues, families, news sources, list servs, etc. But this compulsion to be on call and linked up the proverbial 24/7 can and does have many negative consequences, including reduced productivity, increased stress, a job life that invades our home life, and ultimately, illness and burnout.

Learning Objective. Learn about some of the tools that can help you find a better balance between work life and home life. Discover how to use technology to increase your overall well-being and happiness.

Learning Outcome. Identify effective strategies to separate your home life and your job life and get started on a healthier, and happier, you! Set achievable goals, gather support from your friends, family and colleagues, and have fun.

5:30, first bus to US Space & Rocket Center

6:00 – 9:00, 60th Anniversary Dinner at US Space & Rocket Center, Janice Lachance, SLA CEO

Tour of USSRC following Dinner

Venue Sponsor – US Space & Rocket Center Peterson’s


Champagne Toast at 60th Anniversary Celebration DinnerIEEE

60th Anniversary Dinner Thomson Reuters

Wednesday, 11 December
All Workshop Programs will be in VBC, South Hall, Ballroom 1

Premier Sponsor – IEEE
Programming Day 2 – IHS
Technology Sponsor – EastView
Venue Sponsor – Gale, Cengage Learning

8:00 – 8:30
Registration Open — VBC, South Hall, by Ballroom 1

8:30 – 9:45
Marcy Phelps, Phelps Research, “Top Tips for Turning Information into Insights”

Summary. In this session, Marcy Phelps will discuss low-cost techniques for making sense of the information we find, packaging and delivering that information into a format that is useful to our clients or customer base, and increasing our value as information professionals.

Learning Objective. Improve your ability to find, analyze, interpret, and produce accurate, relevant, and actionable information for your organization.

Learning Outcome. Understand that information is a commodity, but that its value is dependent on many factors that your expertise will affect, including deliverability, timeliness, accessibility, and ease of use.

9:45 – 10:15, Morning BreakSponsored by< Innovative Interfaces Inc

10:15 – 11:30,
Dr. Steven MacCall, Associate Professor, University of Alabama School of Library & Information Studies, “Deploying Social Media in Libraries”

Summary. It is no surprise – librarians network! It’s in our genes. This professional characteristic enables librarians to leverage each other’s work in ways that can be quite dramatic. For example, in the medical world, librarians use a listserv (MEDLIB-L) to facilitate STAT deliveries of medical information directly to those fellow professionals who may be working in one-person libraries that may lack necessary content. However, the leveraging of the network of professional practice is undergoing change as email use is slowly being replaced by social media-based communication such as Twitter and Facebook. In this presentation, Dr. MacCall discusses how we might better use tools such as these both professionally and effectively.

Learning Objective. Learn about various aspects of ongoing research investigating the emergence of professional communication practices supported by social media tools, and how these tools both challenge us and extend our capabilities.

Learning Outcome. Continue to evolve as an agile information professional by understanding how to use the concepts and practices you have already mastered in the context of social media options.

11:30 – 1:00, Buffet Lunch in Info/Expo AreaSponsored by Serials Solutions & ebrary

1:00 – 2:30, Margie Hlava, President, Access Innovations, “Big Data Content Organization, Discovery, and Management”

Summary. In March 2012, the Obama Administration announced the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative—a major step toward addressing the challenge and opportunity of “Big Data.” Big Data are data sets so large, complex, or rapidly-generated that they can’t be processed by traditional information and communication technologies. Every day, decision makers, resource managers, engineers, first-responders, scientists, and citizens are faced with a multitude of constantly flowing data streams coming from many sources, in many formats. Making sense of these volumes of Big Data requires cutting-edge tools and technologies that can analyze and extract useful knowledge from vast and diverse streams of information. How is it managed, curated, served?

Learning Objective. Discover the challenges posed when attempting to make sense of huge amounts of digital data – Big Data – using a case study approach drawn from the presenter’s work with military, homeland security, and intelligence agencies.

Learning Outcome. Comprehend what is meant by “Big Data” and understand some of the tools and techniques used to access and apply the information contained in these huge data sets, particularly the role of taxonomies, thesauri, and ontologies used to organize, discover, and manage content.

2:30 – 3:00, Afternoon BreakSponsored by TEI Landmark Audio

3:00 – 4:45, Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Gail Nicula, “Approaching Challenges through Adaptation and Innovation”

Summary. Presentations from five library professionals representing academic, base, scientific, and technical libraries or information centers will focus on various strategies currently practiced to ensure relevance, deliver services to our customers, and transform in response to changing organizational, economic, and service climates. Panel members are: Greta Marlatt (Naval Postgraduate School), Tim Edwards
(Army Materiel Command Library Program), Jeff Luzius (Air University Library), Mangala Krishnamurthy (University of Alabama Library) and Carla Pomager (Army General Libraries Program).

Learning Objective. Discover the techniques and strategies used by colleagues to anticipate, problem solve, and succeed when faced with organizational uncertainty, rapidly evolving requirements, and fewer personnel.

Learning Outcome. Understand, be able to modify, and apply the ideas presented by these panelists to adapt, innovate, and ultimately make your library or information center more resilient in challenging times.

5:30, Dine Around with Friends, meet in hotel lobby

Thank you for attending the 2013 Military Libraries Workshop.
Best Wishes for your onward travels!
A very special thank you to our generous sponsors
See you in the Washington, DC Area, December 2015

Page last updated December 19, 2013


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