1998 ELD/ASEE Annual Conference

  • Seattle, Washington, June 28 – July 1, 1998

  • Conference Program



ASEE Annual Conference: ELD Program

Includes Latest Conference Program Updates

Notes from Beth Brin, Program Chair 

I hope you have your calendar marked to join me and your other ELD colleagues in Seattle, June 28-July 1! I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Seattle; there will be some excellent programs, opportunities for informal discussions, and a wonderful setting. I expect we’ll have an enjoyable time along the way! If you haven’t registered, you can still register for the Advance Registration price of $320 (member price) until May 15th!

For those reading this page who are not ELD or ASEE members, you can find more information about this conference on the ASEE 1998 Conference Web Page at: http://www.asee.org/conferences/html/annual.htm

Some brief notes about ASEE events that are scheduled differently this year from last, and some ELD “unofficial” events. The Society-wide picnic will be held later on Sunday than usual, 7:00-9:00 pm. The Main Plenary will be on Tuesday, 10:30-Noon rather than Monday. Mini-plenaries are still on Wednesday, 10:30-Noon. Please plan on staying through to the very end of the conference– ELD is co-sponsoring a technical session on Aerospace Engineering Information with the Aerospace Engineering Division, scheduled at 4:30-6:00 pm on Wednesday! The Preliminary Program will list all official events. Some “unofficial” events which will not be listed in the Preliminary Program but are listed here include the 5 K run being planned by Kate Lee, the Monday informal “lunch bunch” groups coordinated by Locke Morrisey, and the Wednesday morning tour of the University of Washington Engineering Library. Mel DeSart will be organizing some additional informal social activities as well, including a Mariners-Rockies game, and perhaps some microbrewery visits. Stay tuned to ELDNET-L for those announcements!

Now, a word about ticketed events. These are events which have additional costs, and so require you to sign-up specifically for the given event. I’ve listed here six ticketed events that relate directly to ELD in some way. I highly recommend the first two events for all attendees, and the others as appropriate. See the Conference Program Details section for descriptions of these events.

SocietyWide Picnic, Pacific Science Center, Session 0705, Sunday, June 28, 7:00~10:00pm $15.00/person

ELD Annual Banquet, TULIo, Session 2741, Tuesday, June 30, 6:30-10:30 pm $40.00/person, Moderator: Mel DeSart

PIC IV Awards Lunch, Seattle Sheraton, Session 3484, Wednesday, July 1, 12:30-2:00 pm $24.00/person

ELD Extended Executive Committee Meeting and Breakfast, Seattle Sheraton, Session 3141, Wednesday, July 1, 7:00-8:15 am, $14.00/person

Creating Your Own Web Page for Beginners, UW campus, Session 0241, Sunday, 8:30-12 noon $20.00/person, Moderator: Fred O’Bryant; Co-moderator: Jill Powell

Advanced Home Page Creation: Forms, Frames and Image Maps, UW campus, Session 0541, Sunday, 2:30-5:30 pm, $20.00/person, Moderator: Jill Powell; Co-moderator: Fred O’Bryant

Whew, what a selection from which to choose! Please to consider signing up for one or two or…! OK, now that I’ve mentioned events that ARE ticketed, let me point out an ERROR in the Advance Program: Instructing in the Webbed Environment, Session 1441, Monday, June 29, 12:30-2 pm, IS NOT a ticketed event. There is NO CHARGE for Session 1441; the $5 listed in the Advance Program is an error.

Do you want MORE information?….. The ASEE Conference Web Page includes information on accomodations, registration, tours, Seattle sights, and other related topics.

In the way of travel:

  • The largest, nearest airport is Sea-Tac Airport (short for Seattle-Tacoma), 13 miles south of downtown Seattle. For a listing of the airlines flying into Sea-Tac, check out the Sea-Tac Airport web site at: http://www.portseattle.org/seatac/seatac.html
  • Shuttle and bus services are available from the Sea-Tac airport to Downtown Seattle–prices vary. Here are a few to check out:
    • Gray Line Airport Express, (206-626-6088) costs $7.50 for a one-way trip to several major downtown hotels including the Hilton and Sheraton–Gray Line has contracts with these hotels which places restrictions on the business other shuttles can provide to the hotels under contract.
    •  ShuttleExpress (206-622-1424) costs $18/ person one-way (and a reduced rate if two are traveling together) to those hotels NOT under contract with Gray Line, or town cars or chartered vans if going to one of the Gray Line contractees.
    • Metro Transit (206-553-3000): The 1996 edition of “Seattle Best Places” states that there are two routes with $1.10 one-way ($1.60 during rush hour). I didn’t want to spend my long distance dime waiting on the Metro Rider Information Line to get an update on the fares, so these prices/ routes aren’t confirmed.
  • Amtrak does serve the Seattle area, check out their web site at: http://www.amtrak.com/

That’s just to whet your appetite; there’s more to discover!

I do hope to see you there. I think you’ll like it! And many dedicated colleagues are diligently working to ensure that you will! — Beth Brin, Program Chair

Conference Program Details

5K Run 
Sunday, 12:30-2:00+ pm
Moderator: Kate Lee, University of Florida
Meet at Seward Park at the covered picnic shelters just inside the entrance of the park at 12:30 pm. Bus #39 runs to Seward Park, and it does run on Sundays. It’s about a 20 minute bus ride from downtown Seattle. The run will be along the shore of Lake Washington. A longer route will be available for those so inclined. There are bathrooms near and to the left of the picnic shelter meeting area.

Creating Your Own Web Page for Beginners Sunday, 8:30-12:00, Session 0241 Moderator: Fred O’Bryant, University of Virginia Co-Moderator: Jill Powell, Cornell University Ticketed event: $20.00/person In this workshop you will learn how to create your own HTML documents in order to publish text and image files for classroom or professional use. Experienced instructors will teach HTML basics in a PC environment usinga cross-platform HTML editor for hands-on instruction. Registration is required to attend; attendance is limited to 20 people. The workshop location will be on the University of Washington campus in a University of Washington Libraries PC Classroom. Attendees should meet at the ASEE Registration Desk at 8:30 am in the Washington State Trade and Convention Center.

Advanced Home Page Creation–Forms, Frames, and Image Maps Sunday, 2:30-5:30 pm, Session 0441 Moderator: Jill Powell, Cornell University Co-moderator: Fred O’Bryant, University of Virginia Ticketed event: $20.00/person Make your web pages interactive and more elegant by including forms, image maps, and frames. Forms are used to gather information from your audience or to search a database. Image maps are graphics you can divide into regions which go to different places depending on where you click. Frames allow you to divide your web page into multiple, independently scrolling sections. We will teach these advanced features in a hands-on Macintosh facility using cross-platform software such as AOL Press, which does most of the programming for you. As a prerequisite, you should be able to create a basic web page. Registration is required to attend; attendance is limited to 15 people. The workshop location will be on the University of Washington campus in a University of Washington Mac Lab. Attendees should meet at the ASEE Registration Desk at 2:30 pm in the Washington State Trade and Convention Center.

Society-Wide Picnic Sunday, 7:00-9:00 pm, Session 0705 Pacific Science Center Ticketed event: $15.00/person The Picnic is an informal event that officially opens the conference; it is a great opportunity for ELD members to gather, meeting new attendees and renewing former acquaintances. Look for balloons and signs that mark out the ELD gathering place! The site of the picnic, the Pacific Science Center, will be open to only ASEE conference attendees and their guests during this time period. The Center hosts 5 buildings filled with interactive science displays and activities. There will be buses from the convention center to the Pacific Science Center, and also buses taking people back to conference hotels from the Pacific Science Center.

Monday, June 29, 1998

ELD Get-Acquainted Meeting, Monday 8:30-10:00 am, Session 1241 Moderator: Eileen Dorschner, MIT This traditional opening session and ice-breaker encourages input from all attendees to identify the major issues affecting engineering libraries and librarians.

ELD Informal Luncheon Monday, 10:30 am -12:15 pm Moderator: Locke Morrisey, University of San Francisco Dutch Treat An early lunch so we’re prepared for our scheduled noon session! Restaurant information will be provided and small groups organized to go separate places for lunch. An opportunity to join your colleagues in an informal setting. It’s dutch treat.

Instructing in the Webbed Environment Monday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Session 1441 Moderator: Deborah Kegel, UC-San Diego How do you teach the variety of interfaces and databases on the Web? What about evaluating what you find? Have course-based web tutorials helped? Librarians will address these questions in this web-edged session. There is no charge for this program, despite what the ASEE Advance Program states.
Presentation 1: Information Skills Training for Engineers, Gulcin Cribb, University of Queensland

Presentation 2: Web-based Instruction at Wendt Library, Amy Kindschi, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Presentation 3: Adding Interactivity to Web Instruction with JavaScript, Laura Smart, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC-San Diego

ELD Poster Session Monday, 2:30-4:15 pm, Session 1541 Moderator: Catherine Soehner, UC-Santa Cruz A variety of innovative projects and descriptions of current activities will be presented by Engineering Libraries Division members.

Poster Presentation 1: Personal Productivity Web Pages for Faculty, Fred O’Bryant, University of Virginia
Abstract: The University of Virginia Science and Engineering Library has undertaken a pilot project to provide web-based Personal Productivity Pages (PPPs) to faculty in the sciences and engineering. Each faculty member’s PPP is a personal tool that conveniently collects and organizes all the information resources he/she needs and uses in his/her daily work. PPPs are not designed to replace individual “home pages” or class-related web sites; rather, they augment and enhance each person’s efficient use of web resources, whether those resources are a sophisticated database, course materials, a library catalog, a web search engine, the local weather forecast, or a link to a favorite travel agent. PPPs go beyond traditional bookmark lists by providing a value-added organizational framework backed by the research and evaluative skills of library staff in helping faculty identify the best, most reliable and useful resources to meet his/her individual research, teaching, and personal needs. In addition, we provide training in the effective use of the web resources selected for each person’s PPP and help them configure their hardware and browsers to insure peak skills and capability. This displaywill describe the typical PPP, explain how it is constructed and maintained, and explore how the library and science/engineering faculty are working together to enhance teaching and research at the University of Virginia.

Poster Presentation 2: Moving to the virtual classroom: issues and considerations, Leslie J. Reynolds, Purdue University
Abstract: When converting a course to a digital, asynchronous environment, there are a number of issues and considerations that must be taken into account. Information Strategies is an established course that has been taught at Purdue University for three years and is required for Electrical Engineering Technology and Dean’s Scholar students. It introduces students to the essential techniques of information retrieval, analysis, organization and presentation. There is a growing demand for this course, and a need for it at Statewide Technology sites where distance learners are earning engineering technology degrees. Computer mediated communication as a form of distance education, advantages and limitations of the technology, methods of addressing learning styles and insuring interaction with students will be presented.

Poster Presentation 3: The Network for Excellence In Manufacturing(NEM) Online Project, Tom Volkening, Michigan State University.
Abstract: NEM Online is a federally funded grant project to develop a database of Internet resources of value to small and medium sized manufacturing companies. The project is in its’ last year of funding. This poster session will provide a brief overview of the project, a description of current activities, and future plans.

Poster Presentation 4: 297D/Enigmatic Computers: A Unique Teaching Experience, Kelly Jordan, Penn State University
Abstract: Enigmatic Computers is a new experimental course open to first year women engineering students at Penn State. The course is designed to introduce students to basic computer hardware and software applications that are used in the engineering classroom and in course work. Under the direction of the Penn State Women in Engineering Program and the Engineering Library, the course provides a unique opportunity for instruction and student interaction. This poster will describe the background of the course, the content of course, and how it benefits the students and the Engineering Library.

Poster Presentation 5: Creating a Science, Technology and Society Collection, Paige Gibbs, University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth
Abstract: The assignment: “Establish a development (i.e. fundraising) project for Engineering. The project must be cross-engineering. It must be for books, with an initial fund of $50,000. The money must be raised outside of the university.” The response: A Science, Technology and Society collection. The presentation will address the establishment of this collection including: developing a collection development policy, identifying donors, composing fund raising communications and literature and an analysis of this work in progress.

Poster Presentation 6: A Faculty/Freshmen/Librarian Web Partnership: Sports Products, Inc., Eileen Dorschner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract: MIT’s Freshman Advisor Seminars bring together a member of the faculty and 6-8 Freshmen to informally explore a topic of mutual interest. Sports Products, Inc., is a seminar which involves designing a new product for a market opportunity suggested by a well known supplier of recreational equipment. A web page was designed to introduce these new students to the MIT Library System, to provide them with information about conducting market research, and to make available sources of technical information accessed through the Library System’s web pages. Eventually the Seminar site became an interactive partnership, with students also adding links of interest to the pages maintained by the Librarian.

Poster Presentation 7: Designing a Multifunctional Web Site Interface, Andy Shimp, Yale University Abstract: With the proliferation of Internet-based information resources, and the prominence of the World Wide Web, the library Web site is increasingly important as an access point to collections and services. The Yale University Library has initiated a major effort to upgrade public computer terminals to Ethernet-connected, NT-based workstations utilizing a Netscape interface. At the Engineering & Applied Science Library, the Library’s home page is the primary user interface for the OPAC and other electronic resources. This presentation will explore the issues involved in designing a Web site with the multiple functions of a local (in-house) user interface to electronic library resources, a research tool for both local and remote users within the University community, and as an introduction to the Library for the larger community of researchers and Web users.

Poster Presentation 8: Engineering Education as a Knowledge Discipline, Nestor Osorio, Northern Illinois University Abstract: This study looks into engineering education as a body of knowledge. It identifies for example: professional societies, conferences, journals, monographs and other publications, as well as, Internet coverage e.g. Web sites, Web publications, listservs, chatrooms, etc. This study is not a bibliography but rather an analysis of the what, where, when, who and how engineering education professionals make contributions to the field. It will have U.S. and internationalcoverage with emphasis in the 1990’s.

Poster Presentation 9: Initiatives Addressing Scholarly Communication, Katherine Thomes, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract: This poster session will present information about initiatives by the ARL, AAU, and PEW Higher Education Roundtable to address the rising costs of scholarly publication. There will be a focus on what faculty, administrators, librarians, and students can do to start to turn around the present situation.

ABET Accreditation and the Library–Issues, Developments, and Concerns Monday, 4:30-6:00 pm, Session 1641 Moderator: Marilyn Von Seggern, Washington State University How are library collections and services viewed during accreditation reviews? How will ABET 2000 change the current process? What is the Engineering Libraries Division doing to help set benchmarks? These issues and others will be addressed in this session.

Presentation 1: The Impact of C2000 on Support Programs, Dayne Aldridge, Auburn University

Presentation 2: C2000 Impact on Libraries, Helen Shuster, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Presentation 3: Evaluating Engineering Library Resources and Services, Karen Andrews, University of California–Davis

Tuesday, June 30, 1998

Building Digital Libraries Tuesday, 8:30-10:15 am, Session 2241 Moderator: Larry Thompson, Virginia Tech The development of digital libraries takes many forms. This session highlights three digital library projects which have very different foci. The Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a full-image in-house technical reports library, Stanford University is developing technologies to support user access to geographically wide-spread services, and SPIE is increasing the number of its titles available digitally for commercial distribution.

Presentation 1: Electronic Full-Image Reports at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mona Mosier, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Presentation 2: The Stanford Integrated Digital Library Project, Andreas Paepcke, Stanford University

Presentation 3: SPIE’s Digital Publishing Strategies, Rick Hermann & Eric Pepper, SPIE–The International Society for Optical Engineering

Information Technology Update: Indexing, Filtering, Personalizing the Web Tuesday, 2:30-4:15, Session 2541 Moderator: Nancy Schiller, SUNY-Buffalo This session will take a look at what librarians and information specialists are doing to help information seekers manage the World Wide Web and its vast resources. The focus will be on the new types of services and products being developed and their underlying technologies–from push and pull to perl and Java-script.

Presentation 1: Database Advisor & Monitor: Agent-like Web Programs for Libraries, Christy Hightower, University of California–San Diego

Presentation 2: Creating Personalized Information Services with Intranet Technologies, Robert Schwarzwalder, Ford Motor Company

Presentation 3: Indexing Web Resources: Software Tools and Processes, Michael Nanfito, Bridge Information Services

ELD Annual Business Meeting Tuesday, 4:30-6:00 pm, Session 2641 Moderator: Charlotte Erdmann, Purdue University This is the Division’s opportunity to handle the nuts and bolts of the Engineering Libraries Division. Awards, such as Best Paper, Best Reference, and Ford Motor Co. Digital Librarian award will be presented. All ELD members are encouraged to attend.

ELD Annual Banquet: Tuesday, 6:30-10:30 pm Offsite: TULIo Moderator: Mel DeSart, University of Kansas Ticketed event: $40.00/person The banquet will take place at TULIo immediately following the ELD business meeting. The dinner will be preceded by a cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30 pm. This local restaurant has great reviews from those “in the know” in Seattle. It features Italian fare with a TULIo flare, and has a great atmosphere. The banquet follows the ELD Annual Business Meeting and is a great way to unwind after a full day. A favorite event of mine, please consider creating another memorable experience with your ELD colleagues and guests by joining us at TULIo. The restaurant is within walking distance, about 6 blocks from the Convention Center, in the Hotel Vintage Park.

Wednesday, July 1, 1998

ELD Extended Exec. Com. Mtg./ Breakfast Wednesday, 7:00-8:15 am, Session 3141 Moderator: Beth Brin, Boise State University Ticketed event: $14.00/person All members of the Extended Executive Committee (officers, committee and subcommittee chairs and co-chairs, editors, and archivist), please register for this event. The Engineering Libraries Division’s Extended Executive committee will complete the business of operating the division for the coming year. This includes preliminary planning for the 1998 annual conference.

ELD Extended Exec. Com. Mtg II Wednesday, 8:30-10:15 am, Session 3241 Moderator: Beth Brin, Boise State University This is a continuation of the morning session (#3141) with special emphasis on program planning.
For those NOT on the Extended Executive Committee, there will be a TOUR of the University of Washington Engineering Library, possibly including other UW Libraries. Wednesday morning, stay tuned for time, place to meet, etc. Watch future newsletters and ELDNET-L for more information on this event.

TOUR of the University of Washington Engineering Library (for those not on the Extended Executive Committee)
Wednesday, 8:30-10:00+ am
Moderators: Chris Byrne and Pam Zilius-Careaga
Meet at the UW Engineering Library between 8:30-9:00 am. Morning munchies will be available. Instructions on how to get there will be provided at the conference. For those not trying to get back to the Mini-plenaries (10:30 am), there will be an opportunity to visit other UW Libraries as well.

PIC IV Awards Luncheon Wednesday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Session 3484 Moderator: Dick Culver, PIC IV Chair Ticketed event: $24.00/person The Engineering Libraries Division is a member of the Professional Interest Council IV (PIC IV). Divisional awards such as the Homer I. Bernhardt Award will be presented at this luncheon. The luncheon is an opportunity to showcase aspects of ELD through the awards presented. ELD officers and other interested ELD members are encouraged to attend.

ELD Professional Issues Discussion Wednesday, 2:30-4:15 pm, Session 3541 Moderator: Ron Rodrigues, Hewlett Packard Laboratories. Participants are invited to review information and identify trends from conference sessions and offer their opinions on a variety of issues affecting engineering librarians.

Aerospace Engineering Information: How is it helping keep the competitive edge? Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 pm, Session 3641 Moderator: Thomas DePetro, Wichita State University Co-Sponsor: Aerospace Engineering Division Experts in the field of aerospace engineering information will report on current practices and new developments, especially related to using information to keep engineers and engineering companies competitive.

Presentation 1: Providing a Coordinated Focus for Engineering Information at Boeing, Kathy Harkness, Boeing Company

Presentation 2: Using Library Services and Information for Competitive Advantage, Kioumars Najmabadi, Boeing Company

Presentation 3: Aerospace Engineering–AIAA Information Sources, Karen Holloway, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

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