Big Data and Open Access: Learn More at SLA 2014

Who will be going to Vancouver in June for SLA 2014?  Members just like you.  This is the first post in an occasional series from members describing why they’ll be traveling to Vancouver and what they are looking forward to doing when they get there.

Jennifer AbbottHello fellow SLAers. My name is Jennifer Abbott, and I will be attending my first-ever SLA conference this year in Vancouver. I am a librarian for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and have been a member of the library services team for a year and a half now.

After reviewing the conference schedule, I am pleased to see various government- and sciences-related sessions at this year’s conference. Since I work in a national research laboratory, I am interested in joining the sessions specific to science and engineering to be able to better address the research needs of my patrons. I’m also interested in listening to the speakers discussing publishing in open access journal and big data, two topics currently at the forefront of library services at NREL.

The sessions I’m planning to attend are:

  • Prometheus Project: Multi-institution Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Initiative in British Columbia to learn more from Neil Branda about research related to the solar industry and materials science in general.
  • MY View – Scientific Open Access to learn more about publishing scholarly articles in open access journals and disseminating this information to my patrons who are interested in this topic.
  • Big Data & Job Opportunities Panel to be able to assess my role as a librarian in the growing arena of big data management.

Last, I am a native of Canada and excited at the opportunity to spend a few days in beautiful British Columbia while learning about exciting topics related to special librarianship and networking with like-minded people. I will be adding additional blogs throughout the course of the conference and am very excited to read others posts as well. See you in Vancouver!

Early bird registration ends April 11.  Don’t miss the chance to save!  Register today.

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