Conference Program

APLIC in Boston
Exploring the Collaborative Common Ground

April 28-30, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts

Marriott Copley Place

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

Monday, April 28, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Tour: Boston Public Library, McKim Building

700 Boyleston St.

Copley Square

Boston MA 02116

The McKim Building is notable for its perfect proportions, its classic serenity, its modestly borne and elegance. Its charm lies not only in the immediate effect of its features Рits Copley Square fa̤ade, the Entrance Hall, the Courtyard, the Bates Hall Reading Room, the Sargent Gallery Рbut in the details that everywhere make the building a constant source of surprise and aesthetic satisfaction.

McKim Building, Boston Public LIbrary

McKim Building, Boston Public LIbrary

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

APLIC Board Meeting

All members are invited to attend.

Marriott Grand Ballroom Salon H, 4th Floor

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Marriott Suffolk Room, 3rd Floor

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote: Using Content Curation for Professional Learning: Seek, Sense, Share

Beth Kanter (bio), Author and technology consultant for non-profit enterprises

Content curation is the process of sifting through information on the Web and organizing, filtering and making sense of it and sharing the very best content with your professional network. Rather than another potential recipe for information overload, content curation can actually be a method to tackle this problem. With so much information coming at us from social networks, websites, emails, and other digital sources, we can no longer afford to just whine about it – content curation can empower us to win the battle over too much information and too little learning.
In this session you will:

  • Learn the top three benefits of creating a professional learning network.
  • Understand the practice of good content curation.
  • Learn techniques for being efficient and staying focused in the face of too much information.
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 -12:00 p.m.

Impact? Intrigue? Value-add? The ins and outs of Data Visualization

Erica Nybro (bio), Measure DHS, and Amanda Makulec (bio), JSI
As the volume of health and development data continues to grow through open access initiatives and an increased emphasis on robust monitoring and evaluation of programs, finding thoughtful ways to communicate a story using data is essential. Data visualization is a powerful tool for transforming tables and databases into compelling visual communications that connect with readers and promote the use of data for decision making. As with all communications, developing a strong visualization requires identifying your audience, mapping the story you want to tell, developing your product, and having an effective dissemination plan. Thankfully, there are tips, tricks, and tools available to guide you through that process and help you transform data into actionable informational graphics. In this interactive session, attendees will explore the process of developing a strong visualization, from defining an audience to identifying a key story from data and creating a focused and compelling visualization, and will then get hands-on practice developing a data visualization based real data for a specific audience. We will share before and after visualizations, and compare how different stories can emerge from the same data depending on the audience and goals of the creator. After diving into the process of developing visualizations, facilitators will demo a few of their favorite tools, templates, and resources for developing visualizations and more complex infographics and dashboards. Attendees will leave with resources to help them continue to explore the brave new world of data viz.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.


On own

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Building a Technical Knowledge Hub: Applying library science to Pathfinder’s organizational experience

Sarah Burns (bio), Pathfinder International

This session will cover the development and implementation of Pathfinder’s technical knowledge hub; from conception to systematic integration into all projects and programs. Presented as a case study, the session will showcase all of the steps involved in creating the hub, including, but not limited to, taxonomy creation, SharePoint library development, and the ever-so-important change management activities conducted.

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Demonstrating the Value of Corporate Libraries

James M. Matarazzo (bio), Dean and Professor Emeritus, Simmons College GSLIS
Toby Pearlstein (bio), (retired) Director of Global Information Services, Bain & Company

Details coming soon.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

A Study on the Use and Impact of HINARI: A Bangladesh Perspective

Dr. M. Nazim Uddin (bio), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Research, Bangladesh

This presentation makes an effort to analyze the usage status of electronic resource facilities and services offered by HINARI to various libraries of Bangladesh including icddr,b. It discusses the purpose of using e-resources, benefits, impact, and challenges of HINARI, which are faced by users of icddr,b and Bangladesh while accessing e-resources and perceived impact of e-resources of HINARI on users.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

APLIC Annual Business Meeting

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Atlantic Fish Co.
761 Boylston

The banquet is included in your conference registration.

Wednesday, April 30, 2013
8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Marriott Suffolk Room, 3rd Floor

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Accessing Digital Information: An Overview of Harvard Catalyst and the Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Doug MacFadden (bio), Deputy Director, Bioinformatics Program, and Chief Informatics Officer, Harvard Catalyst

Accessing digital information is critical for researchers who utilize the resources of both Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center and The Countway Library of Medicine. Harvard Catalyst works with Harvard schools and affiliated hospitals to build an environment where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. A range of web tools have been created to help convene researchers, access patient data, and catalog science equipment and resources. The Countway Library of Medicine is one of the largest medical libraries in the world, serving three Harvard schools, the Boston Medical Library and Massachusetts Medical Society.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Sharing IS the Point! Keys to Successful SharePoint Implementation

Allison Long (bio) and Julia Cleaver (bio), Ipas
This session will detail the key factors in Ipas’ successful SharePoint implementation and the instrumental role that information professionals played in the organization’s intranet design and adoption.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 – 12:00 a.m.

Social Observatories Coordinating Network

Sandra Hofferth (bio), Professor of Family Science, University of Maryland
The Social Observatories Coordinating Network (SOCN) was funded by the National Science Foundation to work with the scientific communities in the development and planning of a set of observatories for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences that will transform SBE science. The concept of a social observatory grew out of set of wide-ranging discussions on the future of the SBE sciences sponsored by NSF over the past three years. The major objective of the SOCN is to continue exploration of ideas regarding the potential form and functioning of such a network of social observatories and to actively engage individuals and groups across the SBE research community in this process. After a recent meeting, one observer noted that the group was “envisioning what social science research will look like in 15 years.”

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Open Journal System and DVN Collaboration One Year Later, and DVN 4.0 Updates

Sonia Barbosa (bio), Manager of Data Acquisition and Archiving and Operational Manager of the Murray Archive, Data Science; Eleni Castro (bio), Research Coordinator, Data Acquisition and Archiving, Data Science; Gustavo Durand, Project Manager, Dataverse Network, Data Science

As data sharing technology, data management practices and policies have evolved over the last few years, a growing number of academic journals are joining the effort to disseminate research data associated with their published articles. The Dataverse Network team, from Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) is in the final stages of a two year project, funded by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in a partnership with Stanford & Simon Fraser University’s Public Knowledge Project (PKP) to help make data sharing, citation and preservation an intrinsic part of the scholarly publication process. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and a brief summary of some of the upcoming enhancements to look for in the next major release for Dataverse Network (version 4.0).

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Sharing What Works From Far and Wide: New Media Technology

Jean Sack (bio) on behalf of Jhpiego / MCHIP KM and Communications

This presentation offers a series of examples of how social media, webinars, live webcam sessions at international conferences, tweets, Utube, Prezi, blogs and other methods shared actual content with audiences far removed from the events, seminars, or presenters. To evaluate the effectiveness of social media sharing, a variety of feedback tools were used to judge impact of knowledge sharing behavior in workplaces and policy changes. In the discussion we will explore a toolkit of low-cost technologies that can expand the reach of these efforts.

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