PAM Bulletin Vol 40, No 2
by Alison Verbeck
The IAU General Assembly Commission 5 Working Group Libraries (Marsha Bishop (NRAO/USA) and Robert Hanisch (STScI/USA), co-chairs) kicked off its first multi-day meeting on the 23rd of August 2012 in Beijing, China. This meeting was designed to bring astronomy librarians and scientists together to create a synergistic environment for librarians and their customers to better understand the needs and challenges faced by each group. The series of discussions and talks focused on issues related to astronomy libraries and the role they play in supporting astronomical research. The meeting began with a panel discussion, “Scientists’ Need for Libraries in the Age of the Internet.” Panelists included astronomers Ronald Taam (Taiwan), Ray Norris (Australia), and Pieter Degroote (Belgium), and librarians Christina Birdie (India), Eva Isaksson (Finland), and Sally Bosken (USA). We hope the next meeting, scheduled for 2015 in Honolulu, generates even more interest and participation.
Robin Dasler has recently accepted a position as Engineering/Research Data Librarian at the University of Maryland College Park. She started her new job on November 5.
Ruth Kneale, Systems Librarian for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope project, has been invited to be a Keynote Speaker at the New Librarians’ Symposium 6, in Brisbane Australia, in February 2013. More information can be found at http://newlibrarianssymposium.com/. She will be talking about the power of and opportunities for special librarianship (amongst other things).
Emily L. Poworoznek, Engineering & Physical Sciences Librarian at University of New Hampshire, is now also serving as the interim Biological Sciences Librarian due to the untimely death of her colleague, David Lane.