SLA PartnerTalks

Insights from the Leaders of Our Industry

As leaders who power the information industry forward, SLA’s partners have unique expertise and insight that will help information professionals become indispensable.

  • How do you most effectively turn information into insight?
  • How can you most effectively leverage digital content?
  • What semantic technologies are information professionals adapting to thrive?

Thanks to our valued sponsors, all these topics and more will be brought to SLA members via Webinars included with SLA membership.


IHS Better Decisions Faster with Single Source Reference

Presented by: IHS

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Psychological science: Innovations in the dissemination of information

Aime Ballard-Wood, Director of Publications for the Association for Psychological Science, discusses recent efforts for heightened dissemination of psychological science research involving APS’s journals, the Open Science Framework, and Wikipedia.

Each of these efforts illustrates APS’s dedication to finding new ways to leverage technological advances to improve research practices and disseminate science:

  • The journal Psychological Science has implemented new guidelines to promote robust research and encourage transparency through practices that include data and material sharing and preregistration of study design.
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science has introduced Registered Replication Reports, a new type of article that presents the results of multicenter replication studies facilitated by the Open Science Framework, an open-source software project enabling open collaboration in scientific research.
  • APS’s Wikipedia Initiative is enlisting experts and their students to deploy the power of Wikipedia to represent scientific psychology as fully and as accurately as possible and thereby promote the free teaching of psychology worldwide.

Sponsored by: SAGE

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The Current State of Reference

How has the rapid evolution of digital tools and information access changed the reference landscape? What will reference look like in 2, 5, and 10 years?

Featuring Elisabeth Leonard, Market Research Analyst for SAGE.

Elisabeth will delve into the current state of reference today, and unveil the results of a SAGE study in North American special and academic libraries about numerous high-impact factors and challenges facing the information industry, including:

  • perceived level of awareness of information sources among patrons
  • reference budgets and budget challenges
  • the use of fee-based and free reference sources
  • factors that influence the purchase of reference produces
  • challenges facing the reference publishing industry
  • preference for electronic and/or print

Sponsored by: SAGE

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IHS Knowledge Collections Webinar

Companies invest lots of money in tools and information subscriptions to satisfy growing knowledge demands from researchers, engineers and other technical professionals. Pressures on the library are intensifying to get more information with less investment while trying to respond to knowledge transfer challenges. And yet, utilization of these various sources is often sub-par.

The IHS Knowledge Collections address these key challenges head on, giving companies access to more than 90 million technical documents including eBooks, standards, patents, articles, research reports, monographs and more – all in a single place. Researchers are now able to discover real answers to tough technical questions from deep within these documents using the semantic search technology of IHS Goldfire.

In this complimentary webinar, you will learn how IHS Knowledge Collections and the unique search capabilities of IHS Goldfire® help companies increase utilization of technical content subscriptions, consolidate spend on disparate subscription sources, and get answers to real technical questions to drive innovation forward.


Chad Hawkinson, Vice President, Product Design, IHS
Raj Radhakrishnan, Sr. Product Manager, Product Design, IHS
Susan Hankins, Director Product Design, Subject Matter Expert IHS

This SLA PartnerTalk is free for SLA members thanks to our sponsor, IHS.

Presented by: IHS

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Turning Information into Insight: How Info Pros can Communicate Value and Leverage Digital Content

Are your end-users still searching for business-critical information on the open web? If so, this webinar can help you encourage changes in their search behavior – and increase the value of your information services across your organization.

Speaker Mary Ellen Bates will teach you how to build “information dissatisfaction” with what’s available on free, public search engines, and offer a “dare to compare” challenge to end users who rush to Google to do important research. You’ll learn to use premium search tools to produce more professional-looking, higher value deliverables, and how to make this added value visible to clients. And finally, you’ll come away with concrete ideas for simple collateral you can use to ensure your value is demonstrated – not only to your end-users, but also your organization’s key decision-makers.

You’ll also receive a copy of Mary Ellen’s upcoming white paper on this topic.

This SLA PartnerTalk is free for SLA members thanks to our sponsor, ProQuest.

Presented by: ProQuest

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Searching Beyond Google: Tools for More Efficient Research

Online search is a critical component of R&D.

But with so many options, where should scientists, engineers and analysts go to find the right information?

Speaker Mary Ellen Bates provides a comparison of free vs. premium information sources, the pros and cons of each, and how to get the most value out of your search during this January 28th SLA PartnerTalk.

This Webinar replay is free to SLA members and will help you understand:

  • What resources you can find for free on the web
  • When and how to explore premium information sources
  • The difference between finding information and finding answers
  • Tips for more strategic searching
  • How to recognize when you should consult an information professional

Also download Mary Ellen’s free whitepaper: Moving Beyond Google: Why and When to Go Pro.

Presented by: ProQuest

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Program Partners:

ProQuest IHS
Taylor Francis Group Inspec

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