Conference Program

Building Community:
Sharing Practices & Demonstrating Value

April 27-29, 2015
San Diego, California

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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

Monday, April 27, 2015
3:00 p.m.

Tour: Library at the San Diego History Center

Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park
Cost: $12

Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Library at The San Diego History Center includes an extensive collection of documents and photographs that chronicle SanDiego’s diverse history. Home to over 45 million paper documents and 2.5 million photographic images, the Library’s holdings preserve a dynamic record of the people, places, and events of San Diego’s past. Our one-hour visit will provide an overview of the collection, acquisitions, care and preservation, and research methods. In addition, the Center’s Archivist, has pulled together some of the unique items that stand out, including a rare, signed Lincoln document, and a coroner’s inquest for the late, Kate Morgan, the ghost of the Hotel del Coronado, for your perusal. Learn about the Center’s cold room storage facility and the care and preservation methods that provide a controlled and constant environment for the Center’s glass plate negative and rare film collection. Lastly, see how the documents and photographs are pulled together to create dynamic museum exhibitions for all to enjoy, as we explore Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss on a special guided tour with Gabe Selak, the History Center’s Program Manager.

 Dr. Seuss exhibit at the San Diego History Center
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

APLIC Board Meeting

All members are invited to attend.

Indigo 204 – San Diego Bayfront

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Indigo 204a – San Diego Bayfront

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Sharing Promising Practices Internally and Externally: Lessons Learned from PCI

Janine Schooley (bio), PCI Senior Vice President, Programs

In this session, participants will learn how Project Concern International’s ‘Leveraging Knowledge’ and related strategic directions have utilized various approaches such as Chatter, InnovAtion, and regional workshops this past year to share promising practices and lessons learned both internally and externally for optimal efficiency, effectiveness, thought leadership, and performance.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 -12:00 p.m.

Getting to Know You

Alli Buehler (bio), Ipas

This introductory session will provide opportunities for participants to learn more about one another and the work that we do, as well as to explore the purpose and value of our professional networks within APLIC.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.


On own

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Adding Value Leads to Building a More Engaged Community

Joe Matthews (bio)

This session is based on Joe’s new book about adding value. The premise of the book is really quite simple. First, the concept of adding value is bandied about in the management, marketing, and strategic planning literature but is rarely broken down and discussed so that anyone can really understand the concept and, more importantly, learn how they can add value in the work that they do. Second, change is all around us and affects us as individuals mightily and in our libraries, museum, galleries, and archives in some pretty significant ways. In addition, many observers believe that the rate of change is accelerating which is also a cause for concern. So perhaps it would be prudent to explore what forces in our society, and in the field of information technology specifically, are impacting our lives and our treasured institutions of libraries, museums, galleries and archives and discover how organizations need to change in order to add value for their customers.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

MPC Data Initiatives: IDHS & TerraPop

Miriam King (bio), Senior Research Associate, Minnesota Population Center
David Van Riper (bio), Spatial Analysis Core Director, Minnesota Population Center

Integrated Demographic and Health Series

IDHS is a new NICHD-funded data integration project that lowers the barriers to cross-temporal and cross-country research using the Demographic and Health Surveys, focusing initially on Africa and India. IDHS recodes data consistently across samples without losing detail, displays variable availability at a glance, offers variable-specific documentation (including question universes and wording and discussion of comparability issues), and merges files on the fly to create customized data extracts. This presentation will summarize MPC’s approach to integrating microdata, with examples from IDHS, describe the value-added features of IDHS, and summarize future plans for IDHS. At the time of the presentation, IDHS will include data on women of childbearing age, their households, and children under 5, from 18 countries and 77 samples.

Terra Populus: Integrated Data on Population and Environment

Terra Populus is an NSF-funded DataNet project that seeks to lower the barriers for conducting human-environment interactions research. TerraPop provides access to hundreds of census and survey microdata samples, area-level data describing geographic units, and environmental data, commonly stored as raster data, describing land use, land cover, and climate. The data access system adds value to these data by supporting transformations across microdata, area-level data, and raster data. Users may select variables of interest from any of the three formats and obtain output in their desired format. This presentation will provide an overview of the data available in the TerraPop data access system and the system’s transformation functionality, as well as a demonstration of the data access system.

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

APLIC Business Meeting

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Searsucker San Diego

611 Fifth Ave. – in the Gaslight District

Searsucker, interior“Searsucker is one of the finest down San Diego restaurants full of local fare by celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey, including fresh seafood caught on the San Diego coast as well as locally brewed lagers and ales on tap.”

The banquet is included in your conference registration.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Indigo 204a – Hilton San Diego Bayfront

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Adding Value through Data Curation

Jared Lyle (bio), ICPSR and Libbie Stephenson (bio), UCLA

This session will discuss the value of and methods for curating data, especially in light of recent government and academic initiatives. Special attention will be paid to data management plans.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 -11:15 p.m.

Case Studies of Knowledge Sharing via Communities of Practice

Jill Leonard (bio), FHI360
Christopher Lindahl (bio), EngenderHealth
Julia Cleaver (bio), Ipas

Is APLIC a Community of Practice? Help us find out and talk about what CoPs are, share some experiences and explore ideas together! In this session, we look briefly at how EngenderHealth, FHI360 and Ipas have implemented CoPs, what’s working and what the challenges are. We invite all participants to discuss your ideas on how we can enrich our own APLIC experiences, build a sense of belonging and add value to our practices.

11:15 – 12:30 p.m.

Show and Tell: Sharing Tools and Practices

Coordinator: Jean Sack (bio), Johns Hopkins

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.


On own

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Improving Awareness through Online Access

Katrina Pescador (bio), Director of Library and Archives, San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of aerospace related materials in the world. The collection includes books, documents, films, photos, periodicals, manuals, drawings, and other archival materials. Over the past several years, the Museum has reviewed and revised its processes for cataloging, organizing, and digitizing these collections, as well as improving connectivity. The Museum adopted national cataloging standards and practice, insured consistency for the various types of materials, developed digitizing standards and procedures, and made other changes to improve both productivity and efficiency. The digitization project allows for greater public access to the collection and assures the materials will be preserved for future use. By making these resources more accessible to researchers through a variety of online services, digitization has dramatically enhanced worldwide awareness of the Museum’s collection.

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