More information about the day’s schedule will be added as additional speakers are confirmed.

All sessions will be held at 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

9:15-10:45am Expert Panel on Responding to Extremes

  • Professor Michael Klein, the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Associate Professor Dyan Mazurana, Research Director for Gender, Youth, and Community, The Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Sarah Lowe, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program, Columbia University

10:45-11:15am Break

11:15am-12:45pm Data Librarianship for Non-specialists

12:45-1:45pm Lunch

1:45-3:00pm Afternoon session #1, choose from one of the following sessions

3:00-3:15pm Break

3:15-4:30pm Afternoon session #2, choose from one of the following sessions

4:30-6pm Reception


Details on Presentations and Workshops

Responding to Extremes: Experts share their research on responses to disasters and other extreme situations, from hurricanes to financial crises.

  • This talk will provide an overview of results from the Resilient in Survivors of Katrina (RISK) study, a study of predominantly African-American low-income mothers enrolled at community colleges in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. The study includes both pre- and post-disaster survey data, permitting exploration of how the hurricane affected the women’s psychological and physical health, social relationships, and educational and employment activities. Qualitative interviews provide further insight into the women’s experiences of the hurricane and its aftermath. (Sarah Lowe)

Data Librarianship

  • Talking about Data & Statistics: The Reference Interview: One part of building data service skills is learning to navigate patron requests. Data reference interviews involve many of the issues that traditional reference interviews do. This session will provide tips and materials for conducting a reference interview specific to data and statistics. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the difference between “data” and “statistics” in order to determine which format is appropriate for a given request. 2) Learn the difference between types of data (and types of research!) in order to understand patron requests. 3) Expand vocabulary related to numeric data in order to more effectively communicate with patrons on their topics. (Michelle Hudson)
  • Campus Collaborations for Holistic Data Services: While every librarian can develop skills in working with data and statistics, robust data services are often built through partnerships with other units and colleagues around campus that leverage existing skills, resources, and connections. This session will provide a look at the landscape of library data services, suggestions for potential campus partners, and some ideas about the many things librarians can bring to the table. (Samantha Guss)
  • When Literature Searches are Not Enough: Building Expertise with Data & Statistics – Subject librarians need a firm grasp of the literature and its organization, major thinkers, and research methodologies in their field. These aspects used to form the core of a subject librarian’s responsibilities, but this is no longer enough. Social science research is becomingly increasingly empirical. Many subject specialists who have ignored the quantitative aspects have been left behind. Strategies to gain familiarity and increase your expertise with data and statistics in your subject area will be explored. (Bobray Bordelon)

Data: Doing More with Less: Many librarians react with dread when asked to help patrons find and use data.  This workshop will explore a number of free, online resources a librarian can use to become familiar with providing data services, including the Dataverse network, DevInfo, the General Social Survey, the National Historical GIS collection, Social Explorer, the UNData Portal, and World Bank Development Indicators. (Michelle Hudson and Samantha Guss)

Legal Reference for Non-law Librarians: How to approach and solve problems involving legislative history, state courts decisions, and international law without access to expensive research systems like Lexis or Westlaw. (Joan Shear)

Open Source Tools for Government Data:  The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to enhance government transparency through free online resources that track political contributions, monitor Congressional activity, analyze regulatory comments, and explore federal and state legislation. A number of university libraries catalog Sunlight’s vast online databases of information on politics and government data as part of their electronic resources. This workshop will provide a tutorial of the tools and resources available as well as provide an overview of government data sources. (Amy Ngai)

Teaching Research Tools: Getting Hooked on Mendeley and Zotero: Students, faculty and researchers have a growing need for software to help them discover new research and manage a complex collaborative research process. Join us to learn best practices and discover lessons learned in teaching and supporting research tools. Learn how you can leverage tools like Mendeley and Zotero to build trust with your users and have them coming back for more. (Luke Gaudreau and Michael Blake)

Inside Roper Center Services: Beyond Survey Questions and Answers: This workshop will provide instruction to support the discovery and utilization of public opinion surveys using the Roper Center’s iPOLL Databank—600,000+ questions and answers from US surveys conducted from 1935 through last week. After a brief introduction to Roper Center holdings and services, participants will experience hands-on use of the most recent release of the iPOLL Databank highlighting new search and reporting features.  Attendees will be walked through the newest search interface and provided with tips for efficient and productive results.  Further, the workshop will cover RoperExpress data download services and training in using the online analysis tool, RoperExplorer that permits simple cross-tabulations without programming. Additionally, we will report on the current discussion among the opinion research industry on transparency in reporting surveys.  This includes reporting full citation of all parties involved, specificity of sampling methodology including margin error, full question wordings and responses, and disposition of attempts to reach respondents in order to calculate response rates. The workshop will cover what this new attempt at disclosure means for the research community and provide case studies to calculate response rates using the various acceptable formulas from the newly released information. (Lois Timms-Ferrera)