geoscience librarianship seminar

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Dear Colleagues:

We would like to make library school students and faculty aware of the free professional development seminar described below. Students who might be considering a career in geology, geography, or map librarianship are particularly encouraged to attend.

Please note the September 15 registration deadline. Would you please post this announcement on your school’s discussion list, website, or bulletin board?


Are you a librarian new to the geosciences? Need information? Want a mentor? Come join the experts for “Geoscience Librarianship 101” — a free seminar on geoscience librarianship, sponsored by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) in conjunction with the Geological Society of America annual meeting. The program is set for Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 9:15 to 4:30 in Room 10F, M. D. Anderson Library, University of Houston, Houston, TX.

In the morning, experienced geoscience librarians will present sessions in key topics. Lisa Dunn, Colorado School of Mines, will moderate discussion of collection development. Adonna Fleming, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will provide an overview of reference and instructional services in geoscience libraries.

Following lunch (generously provided by the University of Houston Libraries), there will be a session on map librarianship and GIS coordinated by Linda Zellmer, Western Illinois University. Rounding out the afternoon will be an opportunity for open discussion, additional questions and answers, and feedback.

The workshop will take place in a computer-equipped classroom, with plenty of opportunities to explore resources highlighted during the program.

Participation is open to all professional librarians, information specialists, and students in library and information studies. There is no charge for the seminar, but advance registration is required and space is limited. Registrations must be received by September 15, 2008. To reserve your place, or to request additional information, contact Shaun Hardy, telephone 202-478-7960, e-mail

Geoscience Librarianship 101 is coordinated by Andrea Twiss-Brooks, Co-Director of Science Libraries at the University of Chicago, and is made possible through the generous support of the University of Houston Libraries, ESRI, and John Wiley and Sons.

The Geoscience Information Society is an international professional organization devoted to improving the exchange of information in the earth sciences. Information about the Society may be found at its website
Shaun J. Hardy
Publicity Officer

Geoscience Information Society
c/o American Geological Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302-1502
tel 202-478-7960, fax 202-478-7971