All sessions will be held at the Tisch Library.

8-9am   Registration and Light Breakfast

9-9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Laurie Sabol and Martha Kelehan, co-chairs of the SSLBC Planning Committee
  • Laura Wood, Director, Tisch Library

9:15-10:15am Keynote: The Search for Truth: The Ethical Challenges of Information Usage in the Age of Digital Media (view presentation: Keynote: Librarians3.0)

  • Dr. Amy Glasmeier, Department Head of Urban Studies & Planning and Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Planning, MIT

10:15-10:30am Break

10:30-11:45 Expert Panel on Elections

11:45am-12:45pm Lunch

12:45-1:45pm   Faculty Panel on Research Methods

  • Dr. Sarah Pinto, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University
  • Dr. Keith Maddox, Associate Professor of Psychology, Tufts University (view presentation: Exploring Social Psychology)

1:55-2:55pm Afternoon Sessions #1: Choose from one of the following sessions

2:55-3:15pm Break

3:15-4:15pm Afternoon Sessions #2: Choose from one of the following sessions

4:15-6pm Reception


Details on Workshops and Panels

Census: This workshop focuses on using the American Factfinder Data Retrieval Tool. Attendees learn how to access both decennial census data and data from the American Community Survey, which provides detailed social, economic and housing information annually rather than every 10 years (Alexandra Barker).

Copyright: Fair Use Gets Fairer: Will review basic copyright principles, but we will spend most of our time on Fair Use. The transformative use analysis and the formulation of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries are significant developments. How do they affect the fair use analyses you make in your library? (Jane Morris)

Expert Panel on Elections

  • Despite the importance of well-run elections for the functioning of democracy, the quality of election administration is rarely assessed scientifically, in the same way we assess the quality of other critical public services, such as education, corrections, transportation, and public health. This talk describes a new effort to measure how well the states of the U.S. conduct their elections, and discusses how the performance of the electoral process has improved (or not) over the past decade (Professor Stewart).
  • To the extent that body language can serve as a social cue that affects how people are perceived, it can influence viewer-voters during U.S. presidential elections. The association of eye movements and results of past elections will be reviewed (Professor Tecce).
  • This talk will examine the current body of research using data mining to forecast and predict elections. In following and analyzing online conversation around elections, the discussion will compare methods (sentiment, network analysis, and momentum) and mediums (social media, news, web). Recent and upcoming elections in Egypt, France, and Cote d’Ivoire will be used as case studies. Lastly, the talk will cover the limitations and shortcomings of using data mining for political predictions around elections (Munish Puri).

Faculty Panel on Research Methods

  • This talk will describe research methods common to cultural anthropology, drawing on experience working in households, neighborhoods, institutions, and religious spaces. Taking inspiration from Zora Neale Hurston’s notion of the “spyglass of anthropology,” the talk will focus on the challenges, boons, and perspectives that come with the anthropological tendency toward “deep hanging out” (Professor Pinto).
  • Social psychologists use a variety of scientific empirical methods to better understand how the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others are influence by the real or imagined presence of others.  This talk will focus on the process of designing, conducting, and interpreting empirical research in social psychology with an emphasis on experimentation (Professor Maddox).

GIS Intro: This workshop covers the essentials of spatial data and GIS for social sciences librarians. The focus is on the basics of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), useful examples of its application in the social sciences, library consultations and subject guides, metatata and a hands-on example (Thomas Stieve).

Research Data Management Services: How can libraries support the management of research data at their institutions? How can such work deepen their relationships with researchers? This presentation will describe how the MIT Libraries have developed their research data management services, give examples of projects, and provide time for discussion among attendees as to how to evolve such services at our institutions (Katherine McNeill).

Zotero/Mendeley: Learn about the features of and get hands-on experience with two big names in the free citation management scene: Mendeley and Zotero. This session will cover the essentials from adding and importing references to organizing citations and generating bibliographies (Amanda Izenstark).