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Event: Happy Hour Taco Tuesday at RFD

Event: Happy Hour Taco Tuesday at RFD

Just a reminder that we’re going to have a happy hour next week.  Let me know if you think you’re going to come so I have some idea of how many people are going to be there.  Send me an email at fiencke@hotmail.com or use the SLA DC registration page at: http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=303

Taco Tuesday at RFD

Come join us for half price tacos and half priced beer at RFD. (specials subject to change, I’ll update any changes the week before).

Tuesday, July 29th 5:30 PM

RFD http://www.lovethebeer.com/events.html

810 7th St NW Washington, DC 20001

Nearest Metro Gallery Place Chinatown

for information contact Jon Fiencke: fiencke@hotmail.com

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Event Recap – SLA Annual Conference Recap & Visit by SLA President-Elect Candidates

Event Recap – SLA Annual Conference Recap & Visit by SLA President-Elect Candidates

by Jan Zastrow, DC-SLA Communications Team

Sipping wine and noshing on tasty appetizers from the rooftop of Drexel University’s DC Office (and what a view of the White House!), DC-SLA members and friends (38 onsite and 17 virtual attendees) convened the evening of Monday, July 14, to hear the best of the2014 SLA Annual Conference in Toronto and to meet SLA President-Elect candidates Jim DelRosso and Tom Rink. Jim and Tom kicked off the evening with their respective visions. Jim’s theme is “move forward,” every day, every year, leaving things better than we found them. Tom’s vision is sustainability. Despite a downward trend in membership and annual conference revenue, he wants SLA to provide continuity and transparency.

Anne Caputo discussed the SLA Competencies document, saying we’ll be doing more in the way of collaboration, providing decision support (analysis and synthesis) and developing data management skills, i.e., extracting meaning from Big Data. Our skills are highly valuable but we need to be more proactive and entrepreneurial.

Sharon Lenius’ takeaway from Dave Pollard’s presentation on “How Not to Run a Meeting” was the importance of room layout. Not surprisingly, round tables are much more effective for eliciting group participation. The Military Librarians Division will be sponsoring a workshop on this and other topics such as leadership and training in Arlington, VA, Dec. 6-9 (details TBA).

Barbie Keiser reviewed the session on “Borderless CI: Researching International Intelligence.” She reported that the trend is to look at the global aspect in emerging markets: Brazil, Latin America, India and South Africa. How to do this? Partner with locals, and learn what the ethics and legalities are in different countries.

Richard Huffine gave a whirlwind summary of the Opening Keynote speech, the Annual Business Meeting, and the Closing Session. He recounted the moving experience of having an elder from a First Nation conduct open ceremonies with a chant and blessing. The theme of the conference was “Crossing Borders” and keynote speaker John Wilbank urged conference-goers to “think of borders as intersections, not divisions.” Huffine reported that the business meeting had a “distinct lack of information” but to make up for it, the Closing Session offered four “TED-style” talks that were inspiring—so much so that he felt they should have been at the beginning of the conference!

Last but definitely not least, Chris Vestal reviewed Mary Ellen Bates’ presentation on “Information Alchemy: Adding Value Where It Counts.” Bates explained that our perception of our value is more generous than our funders’ perceptions of our value. Executives want librarians to provide insight, not just data. Know your audience: senior executives prefer to reduce risk rather than save time. Sales staff, on the other hand, want quicker and better answers. Bates urges us to “ask for complaints.” Ask, “Did you get what you needed? How could it be better?” BYOD—Build Your Own Data—when there’s no database for your query. Use Google Auto-Complete to see what others are thinking. Try “[search term] vs.” and see what comes up. Use Google Trends; try datamining government sources. Finally, provide visually valuable results by using InfoGraphics. Bates admonishes us to: “Be brave … try new stuff!” Bates’ slides can be found at http://www.batesinfo.com/extras/files/sla-2014-information-alchemy.pdf.

Recording of the recap

Thanks to Safari Books Online and Drexel DC for sponsoring this great professional development opportunity!

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Event Recap: Communicating through Infographics: Visualizing Scientific and Engineering Information

Event Recap: Communicating through Infographics: Visualizing Scientific and Engineering Information

By Suzanne Grubb

This July 10 webinar was presented by Christa Kelleher of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and sponsored by the Transportation Librarians Roundtable along with DC SLA.

The amount of data being generated every two days as of 2013 was equal to the amount of data created up to 2003. We need to simplify that information to better communicate it to the public.

Here are three key takeaways from the webinar on how to present clear, effective charts and graphs.

 1. Don’t rely on defaults. For every aspect of your charts and graphs, think about ways to maximize effectiveness and reduce clutter.

  • Rule 1: Choose an effective plot type.
  • Rule 2: Remove “chart junk”.
  • Rule 3: Display the same number of dimensions as the dataset
  • Rule 4: Consider the use of color
  • Rule 5: Maintain axes when comparing subplots









2. Understand human strengths and weaknesses in interpreting visual information.

  • Some “encoding attributes” are easier or harder for people to assess: Color saturation, shading, and area are harder to perceive more effective for highlighting patterns. Length and position are more effective for highlighting details.
  •  For bar charts: Reference the y-axis to zero, rotate the chart (to horizontal) if there are too many categories, and be aware of scaling issues. For line charts: Choose an aspect ratio that banks to 45 degrees.
















3. There are a lot of tools available to help you get started.

The presentation recording and slides are available on the Transportation Librarians Roundtable website. Make sure you download the PowerPoint slides, which are a wonderful resource with detailed examples of each rule in action, along with an extensive list of resources.

 Suzanne Grubb is a digital librarian/instructional designer and all-purpose info-geek, currently building a Clinical Research Education Library for a DC-based association.

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Event: Communicating through Infographics: Visualizing Scientific and Engineering Information (Webinar)

Event: Communicating through Infographics: Visualizing Scientific and Engineering Information (Webinar)

Join DC/SLA on Thursday, July 10th at 2pm for a free webinar on Communicating through Infographics: Visualizing Scientific and Engineering Information, presented as part of the Transportation Librarians Roundtable (TLR). The webinar will be led by Dr. Christa Kelleher of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
This webinar is sponsored by IEEE.

Registration is appreciated but not required.

To access the webinar on July 10:
Go to: http://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/translibrarian
Phone number (for audio portion): 1-877-336-1274
Conference Room Number (passcode): 5759713

About the Webinar: With the growing amount of data available at our fingertips, effective and efficient scientific visualization is becoming increasingly important in modern society. Visualization of scientific and engineering data serves two broad purposes: visualization for analysis, and visualization for presentation (whether in reports, presentations, brochures, etc). Dr. Christa Kelleher will discuss what makes an effective figure or graphic and how this changes depending on the type of data being visualized and the intended purpose/audience. While the emphasis of visualizations is simplicity, Dr. Kelleher will draw on examples that include display of data with multiple dimensions as well as working with large datasets. By establishing a set of ‘best practices’ for visualization, the goal will be to provide a set of simple rules applicable across disciplines for improving graphics in any setting. Examples of effective visualization from a range of data sources as well as recent visualization advances will be used to illustrate these points. The webinar will also touch on open-source visualization tools, web-based interfaces, and analytical software to aid analysis and presentation.
About the Speaker: Dr. Christa Kelleher is currently a postdoctoral associate in Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment investigating the relative importance of hydrological processes in small streams through complex watershed modeling. She has a MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and earned her BS at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Dr. Kelleher has published on and participated in webinar discussions of effective scientific visualization during her time at Penn State, and continues to remain actively engaged in scientific visualization through her research and colleagues at Duke. Dr. Kelleher’s primary background is in model diagnostics, with additional experience in statistical techniques for large, multidimensional datasets and high performance computing.

Questions? Please contact Deena Adelman at PresidentElect@dc.sla.org

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DC/SLA Members Speaking at the 2014 SLA Conference

DC/SLA Members Speaking at the 2014 SLA Conference

by Chris Vestal

Date Time Session – Title Speaker(s)/Moderator(s)
June 8, 2014 11:45 AM Borderless CI, Sunday, 11:45 – 1:15 Barbie Keiser
June 8, 2014 11:45 AM 60 Government Sites in 60 Minutes – During the DGI Business Meeting Marie Kaddell and Chris Vestal
June 8, 2014 11:45 AM Video Magic! Production Advice and Secrets Chris Olson
June 8, 2014 3:30 PM How NOT to Run a Meeting: Facilitation 101 for Librarians Sharon Lenius
June 9, 2014 8:00 AM Monitoring Social Media: Beyond Lurking — Data Mining and Putting the Pieces Together Marie Kaddell
June 9, 2014 10:00 AM MY View – Scientific Open Access Richard Huffine
June 9, 2014 10:00 AM MY View – Open Access Richard Huffine
June 9, 2014 10:00 AM Moderating the Astronomy Roundtable (PAM) Elaina Vitale
June 9, 2014 1:30 PM SPOTLIGHT SESSION – Disruption, Alignment, and Embedded Librarianship: Connecting the Dots, and Avoiding the Traps David Shumaker
June 9, 2014 8:00 PM International Reception Greta Ober
June 11, 2014 11:00 AM Recruiting a Champion: Getting C-Suite Support for Your KM Project Mary Talley

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