Wednesday, November 09, 2005


LISA V - Library and Information Services in Astronomy: Common Challenges, Uncommon Solutions

June 18-21, 2006, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The fifth Library and Information Services in Astronomy meeting will be hosted by the Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries. This First Announcement is meant to provide general information about the meeting. Additional details will be given in the Second Announcement, to be distributed in January 2006. Please forward this information to colleagues who may be interested.


The meeting will be held at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, which is minutes away from the historic city of Boston.


The proceedings will be published electronically. Further instructions will follow in the Second Announcement.


Registration: US $300
Early Bird (before March 15, 2006): US $250
Single day: US $100
Student/Retired: US $50/day

Registration opens in January. Registration will be available for the
entire conference or for individual days.

Preliminary Program
  • The role of libraries and librarians in the era of the Virtual Observatory
  • Metadata and interoperability
  • Bibliometric studies using the Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
  • Dataset and facility identifiers - easier retrieval of papers based on observational data
  • Pricing aspects:
  • E-only vs. print -- does cancellation of print actually achieve savings?
  • Consortia models -- experiences from astronomy libraries
  • Difficulties in leaving "Big Deals" with major publishers
  • Access considerations:
  • Are we buying or renting? Access to e-journals after cancellations
  • Copyright issues
  • Reasons to keep print; is there a future for print?
  • When is full text not full text?
  • Open access and institutional repositories
  • Open Archive Initiative (and how it differs from open access)
  • Future of traditional journals
  • Pre-publication vs. post-publication peer-review
  • Technological aspects of electronic preservation
  • Digitization projects in astronomy
  • Migration -- preserving the integrity of the scientific record
  • Paper copies as backups for e-journals
  • How to use e-tools to set up an archive
  • Who needs commercial databases? Case studies on ISI Web of Science, Scopus, Scitation, et al.
  • "Invisible literature" -- what IS NOT indexed
  • ARIbib -- where is it and where is it going?
  • Retrieval of non-English language literature
  • Who's afraid of the big bad Google? Google Scholar, Google Print and more
  • Which search engines for which purpose?
  • E-metrics - how to measure library e-resources and services
  • Bibliomining -- data mining for libraries
  • Online library catalog -- does it have a future?
  • Blogs and wikis and podcasts, oh my!
  • Widening fields of activities, e.g., public outreach, education
  • Marketing in the astronomy setting
  • Webpages -- the library's business card
  • Disaster management
  • Libraries as publishers / providers
The conference Keynote Speaker will be Dr. John Huchra, Vice Provost for Research Policy, Harvard University, and Robert O. & Holly Thomis Doyle Professor of Cosmology, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Important Dates

Second Announcement: January 2006
Early bird registration and fee due: March 15, 2006
Late registration and fee due: May 15, 2006

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