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Friday, November 9 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Reflections on Understanding E-Science: Shared Outcomes from a Houston Symposium

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E-science is a research methodology combining data collection, storage and networking on a massive scale. By its very nature, e-Science presents new and diverse opportunities in librarianship. While various academic institutions Cornell, Georgia Tech, and the University of Massachusetts are already engaged in well-established projects at their libraries, e-Science is still relatively new to many others. To explain e-Science and its implications for medical librarians within the Texas Medical Center, The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library hosted an event on February 13, 2012, called Understanding E-Science: A Symposium for Medical Librarians.

Funded in part by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine--South Central Region (NN/LM-SCR), this symposium’s core was a panel of scientists and librarians serving various roles in e-Science research. These experts described their work to identify concrete opportunities and challenges for libraries hoping to take on similar roles. Designed with an emphasis on medical librarians, the symposium provided an educational and collaborative opportunity for librarians of all specialties.

Within this article, the authors share their experiences in planning and hosting an e-Science event and the catalyst it provided for The TMC Library’s on-going involvement in e-Science research and collaborations.


Allen Lopez

Education Librarian Reference & Outreach, The Texas Medical Center Library
Allen Michael Lopez is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston and the University of North Texas’ College of Information.  He was originally hired by the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library in January 2010 as a general Reference & Instruction Librarian, but he has since moved into the role of Education Librarian.  In this current role, he oversees the Information Literacy efforts of the TMC Library to... Read More →
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Maianh Phi

Reference & Instruction Librarian, The Texas Medical Center Library
Maianh Phi is a graduate of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.  She moved back to her native Houston in September 2011 to accept a position at the Texas Medical Center Library as their Reference & Instruction Librarian.  She enjoys serving the varied patrons of the Texas Medical Center by teaching classes, providing reference/research assistance, and fostering outreach. She is passionate about the information... Read More →

Joanne Romano

Licensing and Serials Librarian, The Texas Medical Center Library
Joanne Romano has been the Licensing and Serials Librarian for The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library since September, 2007. She manages the Library's collection of over 15,000 online journals, and makes the most of her budget by negotiating with vendors whenever possible.  She also enjoys following the flurry of developments in green and gold Open Access and keeping her Library engaged in e-Science-related projects.  Joanne and her... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Francis Marion Laurens Room 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403