1997 Conference & Sessions

Note: This document is adapted from an e-mail message from Charlotte Erdmann, ELD Program Chair, entitled "Report From Program Chair for 1997 ASEE Annual Conference." For further information, please contact Charlotte at

The program for the 1997 ASEE Conference is almost finalized. I am pleased with the program and feel that the moderators and speakers for sessions sponsored by the Engineering Libraries Division will reach the goal of this year's conference theme-- "Engineering Education and the Information Revolution."

This notice contains most of the information that is needed to plan for the conference. A similar summary of this message will be published in the ELD Newsletter. In the next few weeks, a few short notices will be published on ELDNET-L to update today's message.

The conference is June 15-18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Members should receive a conference announcement with your recent ASEE Prism. Newcomers can learn more about the conference at ASEE web web site:

Glee Willis from the ELD's membership committee will arrange roommates for the conference. Please contact her at:


Please register before April 1 so that you can take advantage of the $50 early registration discount. Please read your registration information carefully. ASEE must have your money before April 1. Costs for workshops and special events must also be paid. Session numbers used for registration are listed with the schedule of events. Please register for the Society Picnic, Distance Learning Luncheon, and Annual ELD Dinner.

Members who are attending the conference for the first time are eligible for a "first-timer coupon." This will save you $25 in registration fees, but only if you register by JUNE 1ST since it won't be accepted during on-site registration. If you are taking advantage of the first-timer coupon, you need to send in your registration by snailmail since there is no way to use the coupon via the web registration form. To obtain the coupon, please contact Glee Willis: who will fax you the coupon to use.

Program Information

Moderators have been working on their sessions since last September. Speakers have been chosen and are working diligently on their presentations. I thank everyone for their hard work and perseverance.

Please consider adding your efforts to our poster session. We welcome more poster presenters. This is a wonderful opportunity for new and old ASEE members to introduce projects and programs. Andy Shimp of Yale University is moderator this of session. His e-mail address is:

Conference Highlights

Sunday's Society-Wide Picnic is the kick-off event for the conference. The Engineering Libraries Division is well-represented at this event so look for the traditional organizers, Glee Willis and the membership committee. They do an excellent job of using maroon and gold balloons to identify our division's tables at the picnic.

On Monday, we will have a new event this year. It is a luncheon combined with a technical session on Distance Learning. Cost is $5. Corporate donations will pay for the rest of the expenses. Please register to attend this session.

Mel DeSart is organizing a trip to the baseball game on Monday evening. Announcements have been sent via ELDNET-L. Contact Mel at

We look forward to our banquet at Karl Ratzsch's Old World Restaurant on Tuesday night. Cost is $40. We have heard great reviews of the food!

Travel Arrangements

Most people will be flying via commercial airlines to the conference. If you are driving to Milwaukee and are interested in visiting engineering libraries along the way, I am including a list of contact people and e-mail addresses for libraries in the region.
University of Illinois Bill Mischo
Northwestern University Robert Michaelson
University of Wisconsin Tom Murray
Purdue University Sheila Curl
University of Michigan Mike Miller

After the conference, ASEE and conference organizers are recommending vacations at Lake Geneva. I also recommend an area which is about 150 miles north of Milwaukee called Door County. I have enjoyed short treks there. This is 50 miles from Green Bay which also gives you an opportunity to visit the home of the Packers. Another area that families might enjoy is Wisconsin Dells.


The program chair is investigating restaurant reviews, but has no definitive recommendations at this time. There is a web site of restaurants with menus available. As soon as information is available, it will be forwarded to the listserv.


SUNDAY, June 15

12:30-4:00 PM

Creating Your Own Web Page
Session 0441
Creating Your Own Web Page
Moderators: Jill Powell, Cornell University (607) 255-8701; Bill Jenkins
Cost: $25

In this workshop, you will create your own documents in HTML in order to publish text and image files for classroom or professional use. Experienced instructors will teach AOL Press and/or Netscape Gold. Bring text, JPEGs and/or GIF files if you want to include them on your home page. Registration is required; attendance is limited to 25 people. Attendees should meet at the ASEE Registration Desk at 12:30 in Wisconsin Center. Location: Marquette University, Johnston Hall.

5:30-8:00 PM

Society-Wide Picnic
Session 0705
Third Street Pier
Cost: $12 for registered conference attendees
Cost: $30 for unregistered guests

The Engineering Library Division is well-represented at this event so look for the traditional organizers, Glee Willis and the membership committee. They do an excellent job of using maroon and gold balloons to identify our division. This makes it much easier to locate your colleagues.

MONDAY, June 16

8:30-10:15 AM

Get Acquainted
Session 1241
Moderator: Linda Musser, Pennsylvania State University
University, (814) 863-7073

This traditional opening session and ice-breaker encourages input from all attendees to identify major issues affecting engineering libraries and librarians.

12:30-2:15 PM

Distance Learning -- Implications for Libraries
Session 1441
Moderator: Paige Gibbs, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (508) 999-8886
Lunch and Technical Session
Location: Buck Bradley's Saloon and Eatery
1019 N. Old World Third Street (2 blocks from convention center)
Cost: $5

Instruction using this innovative technique presents new challenges to libraries that support these programs. This session will address these challenges. Topics that will be included are: copyright, faculty outreach and participation, interlibrary loan cooperative agreements, database access, and document delivery.


2:30-4:15 PM

Focus on Exhibits/Poster Session
Session 1541
Moderator: Andy Shimp, Yale University (203) 432-7460

A variety of innovative projects and descriptions of current activities will be presented by ELD members.

Poster Sessions:

4:30-6:00 PM

Where is the Information Highway Taking Us?
Session 1641
Moderator: Sheila Curl, Purdue University (765) 494-2871

What kind of information and information tools will we be seeing on the internet in the future? How are people using the internet to disseminate scholarly information? This session will explore these and other questions related to the fast changing environment of the World Wide Web.


Baseball game -- Milwaukee vs. St. Louis
Organizer: Mel DeSart
University of Kansas
(913) 864-3854

TUESDAY, June 17

8:30-10:15 AM

Information Literacy
Session 2241
Moderator: Anita Colby, University of California, Los Angeles (810) 825-3983

This session will focus on information literacy from three perspectives: industry, academics, and libraries. Topics will include: what employers expect of graduates in terms of information, research, and critical thinking skills; how schools are defining information literacy and attempting to achieve this goal; and how libraries are supporting information literacy.


10:30 AM-12:00 NOON

Climate for Women in Engineering Education
Co-Sponsored with Women in Engineering Division
Session 2392

Kelly Jordan and Barbara Bogue, Pennsylvania State University Penn State Women in Enginering Program and Engineering Library Collaboration

2:30-4:15 PM

Marketing Library Services
Session 2541
Moderator: Michael White, University of Maine, Orono (207) 581-1678

Do you feel forgotten by students and faculty? Are there cobwebs in your library's homepage? Creative marketing of library services is essential. This session will review a variety of strategies for keeping your clients up-to-date on the latest innovations, reminding them of traditional services, and gauging their changing needs.


4:30-6:00 PM

Business Meeting
Session 2641
Andy Stewart, University of Missouri, Rolla (573) 341-4007

This session is open to all members. You are all encouraged to attend.


ELD Annual Banquet
Session 2741
6:30-7:30 PM Cocktail Hour
7:30-9:00 PM Banquet
Host: Locke Morrisey, University of California, Irvine (714) 824-3114
Location: Karl Ratzsch's Old World Restaurant, 320 E. Mason St.
Cost $40

The banquet will take place at Karl Ratzsch's immediately following the ELD business meeting. The dinner will be preceded by a cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30 pm.

This restaurant has received rave reviews so we are looking forward to a wonderful dinner. There is space for 55 people. Please register early and reserve this evening for a great time with your colleagues.


7:00-8:15 AM

Extended Executive Committee
Session 3141
Continental Breakfast -- Cost: $11

12:30-2:00 PM

Extended Executive Committee Continued
Session 3441

2:30-4:15 PM

Electronic Reserves and Copyright
Session 3541
Moderator: Kate Thomes, University of Pittsburgh (412) 624-9620

A survey of electronic academic support materials in engineering libraries is the focus of this session. Services such as electronic course reserves, courseware, class notes, etc. will be discussed. The session will also look at recent developments in copyright law and interpretation as related to these library services.


4:30-6:00 PM

Professional Issues Wrap-Up
Session 3641
Moderator: Ron Rodrigues, Knight-Ridder Information, Inc.
1-888-357-4636, x146

Participants are invited to review information and identify trends from conference sessions and offer their opinions on a variety of issues affecting engineering librarians.

A good supply of coffee and cookies will be provided by Knight-Ridder to help us unwind and collect our thoughts about the conference and our profession.


ASEE Annual Reception and Banquet
6:30-7:30 ASEE Annual Reception, Free Session 3705
7:30- Awards Banquet, Cost -- $38 Session 3905
-or- Evening Out

Division members are invited to attend the free reception from 6:30- 7:30. A few members attend the banquet ... the classical jazz music sounds good!!

Many members will get together for dinner or a night on the town. The membership committee will help organize the evening.

Thank you for your interest in the 1997 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 15-18.


Charlotte A. Erdmann
Program Chair
Purdue University
(765) 494-2872

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