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Plan to attend the SIRLS Homecoming Event November 3

Posted by Editor on October 17, 2011

The Dickinson Lectures
The Ares Auditorium (Room 164)
The James E Rogers College of Law
Thursday 3 November 4:00-5:30 PM (also via PodCast) with Reception to follow.

4:00-4:10  Introductions >  Mary Feeney, The Alumni/ae Association Board

4:10-4:40  Ruth Kneale:  Embed Yourself: The Librarian is IN!

Kneale is Systems Librarian for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to that, she was the Librarian and Webmaster for the Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, and the Gemini 8m Telescopes Project (what observatories are before they grow up) in Tucson. Basically, she’s a librarian in geek clothing, whose first program was created using BASIC on a TRS-80 with a tape drive. Ruth holds a master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the Universityof Arizonaand a Bachelor of Science in astronomy and physics.  Ruth has written on computer topics for Information Outlook and Computers in Libraries, and has spoken about embedded librarianship at the Special Libraries Association annual conference. Her co-authored article on the topic appeared in the March 2011 issue of C&RL News. Read the rest of this entry »


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SIRLS Holiday Party – Saturday, December 18, in Tucson

Posted by Editor on December 1, 2010

Dear SIRLS Phoenix Friends:

Please save Saturday, Dec 18th, 4-6pm to join us in celebrating the end of the year!  SIRLS will host a ‘potluck’ holiday party (appetizers, drinks, deserts only) and we hope you’ll be able to make it down here to Tucson for the event.  It will be held at Jana Bradley’s home (directions and address to come), midtown Tucson.

If you plan to attend, and would like to help out (driving others down and back up to Phoenix; set up and clean up; host duties; etc), please let me (or Jacque) know.

Many thanks and hope to see you on the 18th!


Leslie Kent Kunkel
Assistant Director
School of Information Resources and Library Science or

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Mark your calendars for Oct 18 in the evening, Dean Heidorn to be in Phoenix

Posted by Editor on September 22, 2010

Bryan has accepted our invitation  to visit our meeting on Monday, October, 18, 5:30 pm! Please plan to attend and bring questions, concerns, your enthusiasm, and even friends and colleagues with an interest in our profession! We will be at the College of Medicine, Phoenix, in room 1252, next to the library. The library is at the corner of 5th Street and Van Buren.  (More details and a traffic update will be sent as the date of the session approaches.) A link to the campus map is at the bottom of this post.

About Bryan:

P. Bryan Heidorn began his new job as SIRLS Director October 2009.

Prior to coming to the UA, Heidorn was a faculty member of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For the last two years he also served as a program manager of the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the National Science Foundation.

His areas of research include natural language processing, text mining for metadata and information retrieval, particularly in biodiversity literature, and museum informatics.

“With a long list of grant and contract awards and a strong list of publications in both librarianship and information science, Heidorn is well-poised to lead SIRLS in educating the next generation of librarians and information professionals,” said Tom Wilding, a professor who served as interim director of the school.

Heidorn was drawn to the school because of its faculty and innovative programs. “Knowledge River was certainly one of the largest and most interesting initiatives for me,” said Heidorn. “Another exciting program is the digital curation program – DigIn.”PBCMap10-2010

Heidorn, who was active in digital data policy issues at the University of Illinois and at the National Science Foundation, believes there are continued opportunities for the school in the field of digital curation, especially with the growing amount of large data sets, such as those created by genomics and earth sensors.

“Traditionally, library schools have dealt with paper documents, but increasingly scientists rely on data from other scientists,” Heidorn said. “This data is being generated at a rapid rate that far outstrips our ability to index, access and store it.

“It is the role of libraries and library researchers to organize and provide access to society’s knowledge,” Heidorn said. “We need to develop new data curation standards, including new metadata standards, as well as data management and preservation methods. We must then educate the library community about the use of these methods.”

Digital archives is another area that Heidorn would like to expand as an area of study.

“One of the big problems that libraries have to solve is how we are going to provide access to materials over the long haul,” said Heidorn. “Formats expire at a very great rate.

“How do you take a heterogeneous set of materials, provide pointers and access to them, and refresh them. It’s a big challenge.”

Heidorn is optimistic about the opportunities for those choosing to enter the information resources and library science field.

“The information revolution is creating a good number of jobs, and we can be sure that the information industry is going to continue to grow and expand,” Heidorn said.

The School of Information Resources and Library Science is also well-positioned to help library professionals who want to refresh their skills. It is the only library school in Arizona and one of only five accredited library schools in the western U.S., and is a leader in distance education, providing many online classes.

“Under professor Heidorn’s leadership, I know SIRLS will continue to be on the cutting edge of the library and information field and provide students with the skills necessary to thrive in today’s marketplace,” said Beth Mitchneck, interim dean of the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “In addition, his focus is not only on the unique programs at SIRLS, but also on the connections that the school can foster, both across campus and with our off-campus constituencies.”   


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Opportunity to tour AZ Archives, July 29, 9-11:30 am (Thanks, Linda)

Posted by Editor on July 20, 2010

From Linda Reib:

I will be hosting a tour of the Arizona State Archives, Law and Research Library and the Capitol Museum on July 29th starting at 9:00am for ADOA interns. Would any Phoenix SIRLS students be interested in attending?

Meet at the State Archives

9:00 State History & Archives Building

1 hour Tour

10:00 15 mins to walk to the Capitol Building

State Capitol Building (Historic section)

10:15     20-25 min Law & Research Library

10:40     1 hour Capitol Museum Tour

Lunch Capitol or DES Cafeteria (attendees pay for their own meal)

Please email me so that I can get an approximate head count.

Thank you,


Linda Reib
Electronic Records Archivist

History and Archives Division
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
1901 W. Madison St.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

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Next Friends Meeting–Tuesday, April 20, 5:30 pm at the College of Medicine!

Posted by Editor on March 25, 2010

Greetings colleagues! I am very pleased to announce the next meeting speakers:

Jill Tinsley, SIRLS Graduate
Education Evangelist
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Matthew Harp
Digital Library Production Manager
ASU Libraries
LJ Mover and Shaker, 2010

I have asked Matt and Jill to talk about their unusual career paths and choices, and offer suggestions for career planning and development.  Please plan to join us Tuesday, April 20 any time after 5:30!  Parking is free for COM visitors after 5pm, as always in our lot. Map and info attached. We will be in room 1252 which is in Bldg 1 at the corner of 5th St and Van Buren.  Parking info is here:

Please do RSVP so I can be sure to have enough snacks and beverages!  Thanks. Looking forward to seeing you!

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Copyright and the University in the Era of Google Books

Posted by Editor on November 3, 2009

tulaneThe James E. Rogers College of Law invites you to a panel discussion on: Copyright and the University in the Era of Google Books

Date: Friday, November 13, 2009


Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
Where: The University of Arizona
Center for Creative Photography Auditorium
1030 N. Olive Road
Tucson, Arizona

Reception following the panel.

For reservations, please submit a reservation request at

Keynote Speaker:
Elizabeth Townsend-Gard, Co-Director of the Tulane Center for Intellectual Property Law and Culture, and Director of the Usable Past Copyright Project.

For more information see:

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Oct 29 Visit to the Archives Fun and Fascinating!

Posted by Editor on November 2, 2009

Linda Reib,  Electronic Records Archivist, and her colleagues graciously and enthusiastically welcomed us to their beautiful new facility, and we all enjoyed our afternoon immensely!  We learned about their wonderful and varied  collections; why they exist (to enable the people of Arizona to hold our governments accountable); how they do what they do with only 15 people (with great enthusiasm);  trends in digitization and retention (paper is the best back up!); and got a glimpse into the future of archives work. The staff is impressive and knowledgeable and we could tell they love their work.  Each has an expertise that complements the others’ skills and talents wonderfully.  We saw the huge stacks areas, organized into pods, saw all the work that is yet to be done, viewed even the loading dock with its specialized features and spaces. They welcome interns and volunteers (my work once I retire!) and the variety of tasks to be done is overwhelming!  I will see if Linda will share her PPT file-her pre-tour presentation was comprehensive and most interesting.

If you weren’t able to join the 8 of us who attended, be sure to visit the Archives websites and the facility when you can. They are at 1901 W. Madison St. and welcome visitors between 10 and 3,  Monday-Thursday.


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Friends Visit to the Arizona State Archives Finalized for Oct 29

Posted by Editor on October 5, 2009

ArchivesMonthPosterDate/Time:  Thursday/October 29, 2009/1:30 pm

Where: 1901 W Madison, Phoenix

Learning Objectives for the afternoon HERE: Phoenix Friends of SIRLS Archives Visit:

Describe today’s need for archives
Describe the functions, goals and holdings of the State Archives
Describe trends influencing those goals and roles
Anticipate the future of archival formats and possible methods for achieving goals

October is Archives Month, see:

Read about the building here:


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Phoenix Friends of SIRLS Visit to Arizona Archives-Draft Learning Objectives

Posted by Editor on September 28, 2009

Date/Time:  TBD (October, 2009)

Draft Learning Objectives

  1. Describe today’s need for archives
  2. Describe the functions, goals and holdings of the State Archives
  3. Describe trends influencing those goals and roles
  4. Anticipate the future of archival formats and possible methods for achieving goals

Please let me know if these objectives appeal to you.  I am aiming for a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in October, between 1 and 5pm.  Thanks.

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Plan to join us Thursday, Sept 24…

Posted by Editor on September 22, 2009

Topic is “What is Web 2.0 and Why Should I Care??”  Please plan to bring your questions, concerns and experiences to share. Whether you consider yourself a power user or you have never touched a social media site, bring those questions and concerns to this evening’s gathering.  I will share my own thoughts and experiences and hope you will too!

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