Workshop: Data Visualization: Why It Matters and What You Should Know

When: Friday, May 8, 2015, Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Access Innovations, Inc., 4725 Indian School Road NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (Call 998-0800 if you need directions)

Speaker: Kevin Boyack, President, SciTech Strategies, Inc.

Data Visualization is a hot topic, but where did this whole idea come from? Why does it matter to you? What can you do with data visualization tools and techniques? What do you need to know to get started on a data visualization project? What kinds of data can be used?

Registration includes lunch.

$20 for SLA RGC and ASIS&T members
$25 for non-members

Register here.

Newly Elected SIG-DL Officers!

Elected slate of officers 2014-2015:

Chair: Kevin Comerford
Chair-elect: vacant
Treasurer/Secretary: Lizzy Rolando
Membership Officer: Lyne Da Sylva
Communications Officer: Virginia (Ginnie) Dressler
Webmaster: vacant

**SIG DL is looking to fill two vacancies: Chair-Elect and Webmaster.
If you are interested in either of these positions, please email me or attend the SIG DL business meeting with a brief bio on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 9:05 am in “Room 2” of the conference hotel at the Annual Meeting in Seattle.**

Congratulations, everyone!

Kevin J. Comerford
Assistant Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian
University of New Mexico Libraries

ASIS&T SIG-DL News, October 2014

The 3rd SIG-DL newsletter is out!

Read the October 2014 issue here:[UNIQID]

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SIG DL events at ASIS&T 2014 in Seattle

Please note the following SIG DL events at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Seattle. All ASIS&T attendees are invited!

  • SIG DL’s Business Meeting will be in “Room 2” of the conference hotel on Tuesday, November 4th at 9:05-10:05am. SIG DL is looking to fill two vacancies: Chair-elect and Webmaster. If you are interested in either of these positions, please email or attend the SIG DL business meeting with a brief bio.
  • SIG DL presented the SIG of the Year Award at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 4th 12–1:30pm.
  • SIG DL’s traditional Dutch-treat dinner is 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 4th. Join SIG DL members for food and conversation one block south of the hotel at the Elephant Castle (1415 5th Ave.). Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!

ASIST SIGDL 2014 Deborah Barreau Memorial Award Winner Announced

The Digital Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG-DL) of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to honor Ngozi Okoro as the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award.

As coordinator of the SIG-DL Webinar program for 2014, Ngozi produced an outstanding series of professional development webinars that were attended by SIG-DL and ASIS&T members, as well as Digital Libraries practitioners and students from all over the world. Webinar subjects included web archiving using the Internet Archive’s Archive it application, Digital Asset Management best practices, and data archiving and management using DataVerse.

“This year Ngozi scheduled a variety of timely and topical webinar presentations that were well attended and well regarded by the ASIS&T membership. She worked very independently in this venture, making contacts with speakers, scheduling the webinars and managing the webinar events with little or no outside assistance. The SIG-DL webinar program was very successful this year due to Ngozi’s efforts,” remarked Kevin Comerford, 2014 Chair of SIG-DL.

The Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award honors ASIS&T SIG-DL members who have made significant contributions to the Digital Libraries Special Interest Group through service, projects, research or professional development initiatives that enrich the SIG-DL community. The award is intended to encourage active engagement of SIG-DL members, recognizing outstanding service to the SIG. The Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to SIG-DL was established in memory of Dr. Deborah Barreau, a leader in ASIS&T for many years and served as an advocate for SIG-DL and emerging leaders within the ASIS&T Community.

Ngozi Okoro will be honored during a ceremony that will be held during the SIG-DL business meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Conference on November 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Call for SIG-DL 2014-15 Officer Nominations: Submit by Friday, October 10th!

SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the below 2014-2015 positions by Friday, October 10th.

– Chair…
– Chair-elect
– Secretary /Treasurer
– Communications Officer
– Membership Officer
– Webmaster

Additional details about the roles and responsibilities of each position can be viewed at:

Current SIG-DL members in good standing are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office. Current officers are eligible to run for re-election in their current positions or in any other open positions.

Send nominations / self-nominations to Kevin Comerford ( by Friday, October 10th. Nominations must include the following information:

1. Full contact information of Candidate (Name, Professional Title, Organization, email)
2. Photograph
3. Short biographical statement
4. Brief description of the candidate’s qualifications for the position.

The election will occur online from Monday, October 13th to Friday, October 24th, 2014.

Elected officers should attend the SIGDL Business Meeting which occurs during the 2014 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in phone calls and virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2014-2015 year.

SIG-DL conducts elections before the annual meeting to comply with our bylaws and to ensure a productive planning meeting in Seattle, Washington. Details on the electronic voting procedure will be distributed along with the election materials once the nomination period expires.

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your willingness to be an active member in SIGDL.


SIG-DL Chair
Kevin J. Comerford
Assistant Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian
University of New Mexico Libraries
Office: (505) 277-6341
Cell: (425) 205-3904

SIG DL voted ASIS&T SIG of the Year!

Dear SIG DL Community,

We are pleased to announce that our group was chosen as the 2014 SIG of the Year.

We would like to thank you all for contributing to this achievement by volunteering your time toward a variety of projects including: coordinating and attending our webinars; submitting, presenting, or working for SIG DL at various ASIS&T conference sessions; judging several SIG DL awards and general ASIS&T conference paper and poster submissions; and contributing to the SIG DL newsletter as well as the ASIS&T Bulletin.

We hope to see you at the Annual Meeting in Seattle ( for the SIG DL business meeting, the SIG DL dutch-treat dinner, the Digital Liaisons session, and the Awards Luncheon where SIG DL’s efforts will be formally acknowledged.

More details about these events to be posted here soon.


Continuing the RDAP Summit Conversation

Since 2010, ASIS&T has hosted the Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit, an annual event bringing together researchers, librarians, managers, scientists, policy makers, and teachers who are passionate about preserving and ensuring access to research data. The 2014 RDAP Summit was held March 26-28 in San Diego, California, and the August/September Issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin includes a Special Section dedicated to continuing the conversation started at RDAP14. This Special Section was edited by me (Lizzy Rolando, your faithful SIG-DL Treasurer/Secretary) and Jennifer Doty, Research Data Librarian at Emory Library.

In this special Issue of the Bulletin you’ll find the following:

Want even more RDAP!? Slides from the 2014 Summit are available on SlideShare. Also, every Issue of the Bulletin includes a “RDAP Review,” a column dedicated to discussing research data access and preservation. The Issue before the RDAP Summit special edition included a column describing OpenICPSR and how this community repository is working to support researchers who need to comply with funding agency requirements for data preservation and sharing, and the current issue of the Bulletin includes a piece all about promoting University Research Data Management Services from Sara Mannheimer. Be sure to check it out!

ASIST 2014 Annual Meeting Now Open

See for full information and to register

October 31-November 5, 2014, Seattle, WA

Come to Seattle for the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The theme for this year’s conference is Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities – we chose this theme to celebrate the breadth of information science, its historical roots, its user-centeredness, and its unique aim of bringing people together around ideas, thoughts, and the exchange of information and knowledge.

The program includes 42 papers, 26 panels, 102 posters, 12 workshops, and many opportunities for socializing at receptions. All in all this conference is packed with intellectually stimulating sessions, lots of opportunities to network and meet new people, and engage in the health and well-being of this wonderful association.

We are delighted to present two excellent and accomplished keynote speakers:

  • Kris M. Kutchera is Vice President, Information Technology for the Alaska Air Group
  • Alessandro Acquisti is Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University