Conference Program

APLIC at 50:
Honoring the Past, Designing the Future

April 24-26, 2017
Chicago Illinois

Hilton Chicago

Note : As we confirm speakers the time, day, or descriptions of some events may change.

Monday, April 24, 2017
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.


Harold Washington Branch of the Chicago Public Library

400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Meet in the Hilton Chicago lobby at 2:00 p.m., tour begins at 2:30 p.m.

The tour will begin with highlights of building features and library services and end with an introduction to the Chicago Public Library’s Special Collections holdings on the history of Chicago and development of the Chicago Public Library.

 harold washington library center
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

APLIC Board Meeting

All members are invited to attend.

Room 4H

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Marquette Room

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Welcome, Networking, and Icebreakers

Get to know your colleagues better, connect with new members and long-time friends, discover common ground and sources of support from within the APLIC network.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 -12:00 p.m.

Evaluating Research Impact: a sweeping view of the landscape

Karen Gutzman, Galter Health Sciences Library
Research impact is a continuing buzz word in the scholarly ecosystem. With all this attention, we are prone to rush into an impact assessment without taking a step back to understand the objectives of evaluating research. This presentation will cover the objectives of evaluating research, the nuts and bolts of an evaluation model, and show interesting examples of research evaluation in action.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


On own

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

APLIC Business Meeting

All members are invited to attend.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Interoperability among Knowledge Organization Systems: Mapping the MeSH and LCSH Systems

Tony Olson, Galter Health Sciences Library
As the number of knowledge organization systems (KOS) continues to proliferate, and the tendency of library catalogs and databases to include more than one of them increases, the integration and interoperability of these multiple KOS continues to be a challenge. There are several techniques that can be used to address this problem, one of which is to map equivalent terms in two or more of the KOS. This is the project that Northwestern University began in 1990 with the mapping of the Medical Subject Headings System and the Library of Congress Subject Headings System (and vice versa). The project has continued up to the present. This presentation will describe briefly the project, some of the issues that we had to solve, and the process of keeping the mapping data current.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Mini Share Fair

APLIC Members; Facilitator: Alli Buehler, Ipas
We invite any and all conference attendees to share something they’ve worked on—a tool, a process, a paper, a study, a resource, a grant, a collection, a search strategy, an outreach activity, anything!—that they’re particularly proud of, that was particularly effective, or even that failed spectacularly! Did you learn from the experience? What would you do differently next time? What went really well? Share sessions should take anywhere from one to ten minutes, and will be informal and voluntary.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


The Boarding House

720 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

The banquet is included in your conference registration.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Marquette Room

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

50 Years of APLIC-I: heroes and highlights

Jean Sack, Jhpiego

Sharing memories and honoring our organizers

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 -12:00 p.m.

Lightning Talks

A Gentle Introduction to Computational Social Science
Janet Xu, Office of Population Research, Princeton University
Non-traditional Data Collection Methods
Celeste Marin, Office of Population Research, Princeton University
Netnography – An Application of Innovative Methodology to the Measurement of Migration
Pablo Mateos, Associate Professor, Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), Guadalahara, Mexico

12:15 – 2:00 p.m.


Kitty O’Sheas – Hilton Chicago

Celebrate 50 years of APLIC with desserts and drinks!

After 2:00 p.m.


On own

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