PAM Bulletin Vol 40, No 1
- Message from the Chair
- SLA in 2013 is Taking Shape
- Note from the Past Chair
- 2012 PAM Division Board Meeting Minutes
- 2012 PAM Division Business Meeting Minutes
- Astronomy Roundtable: Pioneering the Unknown
- Mathematics Roundtable
- Physics Roundtable
- Vendor Update Summary
- UX for Non-UXers Session Summary
- Publisher Liaisons Report
- Strategic Directions Update
- Membership News
- Member’s Corner
- American Astronomical Society Publications Board Meeting
- APS Subscription Service: Effective Immediately
- PAM Bulletin Sponsor: AIP
by Nisa Bakkalbasi
I am delighted to say that we had a very successful Annual Conference in Chicago this past July. Congratulations to all moderators, speakers, committee chairs, and board members, who worked tirelessly to put together a fantastic program.
I especially want to thank the Fundraising Committee, Chair, Uta Hussong-Christian and Co-Chair, Kiem Ta for raising a total of $26,225 from eleven individual vendors, publishers, and professional societies for PAM’s events, programs, and scholarships at SLA 2012 in Chicago. It has become increasingly difficult to sustain our sessions, especially those, which include food and A/V equipment such as color LCD projectors.
This was a very special annual meeting for our members, as this year marked the 40th anniversary of PAM division. The role of PAM to advance all aspects of the physics, astronomy, and mathematics librarianship should neither be under valued nor under estimated. We are held together today by what held us together 40 years ago; it’s our dedication to our profession, loyalties to each other, and our deep interest in the subject of physics, astronomy, and mathematics. We were all in a festive mood throughout the entire conference- many thanks to IOP for decking the hospitality suite with lovely ruby anniversary surprises; AIP for a beautiful and delicious anniversary cake at the Open House; and Peggy Dominy for a very special birthday gift: a brand new PAM banner to replace the lost one.
The conference week started with the Early Bird Dinner at Blackie’s on Saturday evening and ended with a tour of the Adler Planetarium on Thursday morning, both of which were organized by the Hospitality Chair, Jill Postma. Many thanks, Jill Postma, Cunera Buys, Barbara Kern, and Jenny Hart for their warm hospitality during our stay in Chicago. All of our social events and sessions were fully attended. Roundtables were a great success with interesting topics and lively discussions. Despite the challenges of high A/V, and food and beverage prices, and the distance between the convention center and hotels, we’ve had a very enjoyable and productive meeting. I am happy to report that we’ve managed to stay within our budget, yet still put together a wonderful program. More on the budget at the next bulletin, after we wrap up the conference invoices.
Congratulations on the achievements of the past 40 years, as we look forward to many years to come!