1996 Conference Sessions

The ASEE Annual Conference, scheduled for June 23-26, 1996 in Washington DC, is a vital, inspirational mix of formal technical sessions, organized social activities, informal get-togethers, and otherwise discussing, finding, and sharing solutions to common problems facing engineering librarians. Shared interests and individual perspectives are the catalysts for new members and long-time members to discuss, learn, and have fun together.

No other professional group has such a distinct focus on engineering librarianship. On top of that, you won't find a more congenial group of colleagues anywhere!! You will feel welcome even if this is your first ASEE conference as an ELD member.

Creating Your Own Web Home Page (Session 0441)
Sunday, June 23 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presenters: Jill Powell and Bill Jenkins, Cornell

Jill and Bill have an in-library course they are adapting for this purpose. An outline may be found on their library home page. This fee-based ($20.00) workshop is intended for engineering faculty members, rather than ELD members. This fee-based workshop (US$20) is intended for engineering faculty members; ELD members are also welcome. Note: This session, #0441, does not appear as a "ticketed event" on the advance conference program. Enrollment is limited to 35; registration is required.

ASEE Society-Wide Picnic (Session 0605)
Sunday, June 23
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: $12.00

Your first official opportunity to network with fellow engineering librarians, representing libraries large and small from the U. S. and Canada (and sometimes from outside North America!). For early arrivals to D. C., there are usually pre-picnic ELD outings to join as well.

ELD Get Acquainted Session (Session 1241)
Monday, June 24
8:30 am - 10:15 am
Moderator: Kate Thomes, U. of Pittsburg

Attendees introduce themselves and briefly describe local events and major decisions in a round-robin format. Information tidbits from this first "technical" session can be another valuable starting point for one-to-one networking throughout the conference. (If you need more information before June 1, contact Andy Stewart (

ELD Poster Session (Session 1541)
Monday, June 24
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Advanced Preparation Moderator: Kevin Lindstrom, U. of British Columbia
On-site arrangements Moderator: Mel DeSart, U. of Illinois

ELD members develop displays and answer questions in an informal setting. Use this time, too, to take in ASEE "Focus on Exhibits" (and look for "free samples"). [Insider's note: This year the poster sessions are at the FRONT of the exhibit area]

Poster Presenters:

Digital Libraries and What's Next ?? (Session 2241)
Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 am - 10:15 am
Moderator: Cecilia Mullen, San Jose State University

Will your campus finally reach that goal of organized access to digital data only to find that one more medium is becoming standardized? If your campus didn't digitize its informational resources, should you just wait until the dust settles? Experts share their thoughts on how to plan for the library of 2010.


Patent Information In A Changing World (Session 2341)
Tuesday, June 25
10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Moderator: Christina Byrne, U. of Washington

What's up with GATT? What will happen if the US Patent and Trademark Office becomes a government corporation? How do recent changes to the patent laws affect patent practice as well as the interests of engineers and inventors? How will increasing demands for access to patent data and expanding electronic resources impact the dissemination and use of patent information? This is just a sampling of the questions to be explored.

On-line Information on Funding Sources (Session 2545)
Tuesday, June 25,
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Moderator: Nicholas Altiero (Michigan State), Engineering Research Council

Co-sponsored by the Engineering Research Council of ASEE and ELD, this session will include ELD member Wendy Culotta & Michael Mandili (Cal State U.--Long Beach) as two of four panelists. Look for lots of emphasis on WWW sources. This is another part of our division's efforts to build more and better bridges with other interest groups within ASEE. [Note: Wendy's and Michael's paper will be published in the ASEE Proceedings.]

ELD Annual Business Meeting (Session 2641)
Tuesday, June 25, 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Chair: Bob Schwarzwalder, Research Library and Information Services, Ford Motor Company

"Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!!"
Democracy--at its finest--in action. Spirited discussion of ELD and ASEE-wide organizational issues. Free-wheeling, friendly, and never boring.

ELD Annual Banquet (Session 2741)
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 pm - ??
Old Ebbitt Grill
Chair: Andy Stewart, University of Missouri--Rolla
Cost: $40.00

The zenith of social activity for the ELD year!! Sparkling conversation, elegant dining, and more than a soupcon of frivolity, the dinner provides another excellent opportunity for talking with (and listening to!!) ELD colleagues.

NOTE: Be sure to include this event when you register for the conference. There is practically NO leeway for changes after the conference begins!!

"How Will Electronic Publishing Affect Me??" (Session 3341)
ASEE Mini-Plenary Session
Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Moderator: John Saylor, Director, Engineering Library, Cornell University

Panelists will address different aspects of the dramatic changes e-publishing will bring to the traditional triangle of publishers, libraries, and faculty members/other library users.

The motivation for this session is to "reach out" to the typical engineering faculty member, who may have only a rudimentary awareness of the widespread impact electronic publishing will have on academe.


Note: This is the first ELD-sponsored mini-plenary session in several years, so please promote it to faculty from YOUR institution who will be attending ASEE in 1996.

Engineering Libraries--Focus on Users (Session 3541)
Wednesday, June 26, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Moderator: Vladimir Borovansky, Arizona State U.

ELD members have prepared formal presentions describing recent projects with an emphasis on library users to interested attendees.


ELD Wrap-Up Session (Session 3641)
Moderator: Linda Musser (Penn State)

An insightful discussion leader will assist the group in wrapping up (some of the!!) loose ends from the previous four days. This process can be exceptionally valuable as you consider what information from the conference you want to take home with you.

To get the details in one paragraph:
ASEE Annual Conference
Washington, DC
June 23 (Sunday) - June 26 (Wednesday)
Sheraton Washington Hotel (all technical sessions under one roof)

Campus housing is available only at the University of Maryland--College Park. It has been suggested that you register early if this option is important to you.

On a personal note, I sincerely hope that you will find lots of thought-provoking material here. Your session moderators and I have been working and planning hard to insure a high-quality, interesting, and useful array of programs.

Plan now to attend.

Andy Stewart (
1996 ELD Program Chair
University of Missouri--Rolla

P. S. You will find that attending ASEE 1996 is a "capitol" idea!

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