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November 17, 2015

2015 Geoscience Publishing Awards Presented in Baltimore

Four awards for excellence in geoscience publishing were presented by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) at its annual meeting in Baltimore on November 2, held in conjunction with the Geological Society of America meeting.

Geologic Map of the Southeast Face of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California, produced by Roger L. Putnam, Allen F. Glazner, Bryan S. Law, and Greg M. Stock, received the Mary B. Ansari Best Reference Work Award. It is the first-ever high resolution geologic map of the 3,000-foot tall vertical cliff face and provides unique insights into the evolution of this iconic granite monolith. The map was published by the Geological Society of America in 2014. Putnam, a geologist, educator, and rock climber in Sonora, California accepted the award on behalf of the team of scientists and climbers who created the one-of-a-kind map. The Ansari Award has been presented annually since 1988 and honors an outstanding reference work in the field of geoscience information published during the previous three years.

Geology of Route 66 Region: Flagstaff to Grants, edited by Kate Zeigler, J. Michael Timmons, Stacy Timmons, and Steve Semken, was honored with the 2015 Best Guidebook Award. It was published by the New Mexico Geological Society in 2013 and is a guide to the geology, history, art, and archaeology of northeastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Maps, road logs, and a mix of scientific and popular articles add to the work's appeal for many audiences. The award was accepted by Dr. Semken, an ethnogeologist and geoscience education researcher at Arizona State University. The Best Guidebook Award was established by GSIS to recognize and promote excellence in this important type of geoscience literature.

A new award, the Outstanding Geologic Field Trip Guidebook Series Award, was given this year to Mountain Press Publishing Company in honor of their longstanding Roadside Geology of ... series. Mountain Press is a regional publisher of geology, natural history, and Western history based in Missoula, Montana. In presenting the award to publisher John Rimel, GSIS Guidebooks Committee chair Linda Musser praised Mountain Press for their continuing contributions to the recognition and value of field trip guidebooks.

The 2015 Best Paper Award was presented to Jeremy Kenyon and Nancy Sprague for their article "Trends in the use of supplementary materials in environmental science journals." Both authors are at the University of Idaho Library. Kenyon is Natural Resources Librarian and Sprague is Science Librarian. Their paper appeared in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, volume 75, doi: 10.5062/F40Z717Z, 2014. (Accessible at http://www.istl.org/14-winter/refereed5.html) In announcing their selection, the award committee cited Kenyon and Sprague's "clear comparison of specific policies in the context of different disciplines and publications," adding that the study "offers a new methodology for examining supplementary materials and their trends and pitfalls." The paper includes helpful links to the policies and guidelines of 61 journals in six environmental science disciplines. The Best Paper Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the field of geoscience information published during the previous year.


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November 17, 2015

Michael Noga Honored for Distinguished Service

Michael Mark Noga, Collections Strategist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, was honored by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) with the 2015 Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented on November 2 at the Society's annual meeting in Baltimore and recognizes significant contributions to the field of geoscience information.

Noga has been a geoscience information professional for more than three decades. He holds an M.S. in library and information science from Case Western Reserve University and an M.A. in geography from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to his position at MIT he served as Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions for Physical Sciences and Technology Libraries and Head of the Geology/Geophysics Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before that he was Acting Assistant Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library at Stanford University.

"Michael has a sophisticated understanding of collection development issues that is both admired and appreciated by his colleagues," commented Jody Bales Foote (University of Oklahoma), chair of the selection committee. "He is highly regarded for the effort he makes to get to know the faculty members and students he works with in order to understand how they seek, use, and share information."

The serial literature of the geosciences has long been a focus of Noga's professional research, in particular journal cost, retention, and preservation issues. He received the GSIS Best Paper Award in 1993 for his analysis of usage patterns of geoscience journals. His study on conference papers in geoscience proceedings won the award in 2005. Noga has served on the Publications Committee of both the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union and currently is Vice-Chair of the GeoScienceWorld Board of Directors. He served as president of the Geoscience Information Society in 2002.

The Ansari Distinguished Service Award was established in 2005 through the generous support of Mary B. Ansari, Director Emerita for Branch Libraries and Administrative Services at the University of Nevada-Reno and past president of the Geoscience Information Society.

[Photo caption: Michael Mark Noga, recipient of the 2015 Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award.]


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July 26, 2015

New Guidelines Released for Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks

The Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) has released new guidelines for authors, editors, and publishers of geologic field trip guidebooks. The document is available for free downloading on the Society's website at http://www.geoinfo.org/guidebooks.html.

Guidebooks are a significant contribution to geoscience literature and are often the most current, or only available, synopsis of an area's geology. But incomplete bibliographic information and non-standard formats can make them difficult for researchers to locate and use, and problematic for libraries to acquire. "We looked at all aspects of guidebooks - format, content, distribution, accessibility - in coming up with this new set of recommendations," said Linda Musser, chair of the GSIS Guidebooks Standards Committee. "The title page information, road logs, GPS coordinates, index maps, illustrations, all of these elements influence the usefulness of a guidebook."

Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Publishers of Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks was last revised in 2005. The current revision incorporates specific recommendations for guidebooks issued in digital formats.

A free aid to locating field trip guidebooks, the Geologic Guidebooks of North America database, is compiled by members of the GSIS and supported by the American Geosciences Institute. More than 12,000 field trip references are included. Coverage is being expanded to include areas outside North America. The database may be accessed at http://www.americangeosciences.org/georef/geologic-guidebooks-north-america-database.

The Geoscience Information Society is an international professional organization devoted to improving the exchange of information in the earth sciences. The membership consists of librarians, editors, cartographers, educators, and information professionals.


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December 4, 2014

Geoscience Publishing Awards Presented in Vancouver

Three awards for excellence in geoscience publishing were presented by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) at its 2014 annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia in October.

Treatise on Geochemistry, 2nd edition, edited by Heinrich D. Holland (Harvard University) and Karl K. Turekian (Yale University), received the Mary B. Ansari Best Reference Work Award. The 16-volume compendium was published by Elsevier in 2013. The first edition of the Treatise, also published by Elsevier, was honored with the Ansari Award in 2004. In choosing the second edition for the 2014 Award, the selection committee noted the significant amount of new material in the form of several new chapters and the extensive revision of other chapters to reflect current research.

Barbara Sherwood Lollar (University of Toronto), president of the Geochemical Society and editor of the environmental geochemistry volume of the Treatise, accepted the Ansari Award on behalf of the late editors-in-chief. The Ansari Award has been presented annually since 1988 and honors an outstanding reference work in the field of geoscience information published during the previous three years.

The Geology of Newfoundland Field Guide: Touring Through Time by Martha Hickman Hild received the 2014 Best Guidebook Award. Noting its accessibility for geologists and non-geologists alike, the GSIS Guidebooks Committee praised the work for its enjoyable writing style, high quality illustrations, inclusion of geographic and GPS coordinates, walking directions, and clear organization. Hickman Hild is a geologist and science writer based in Flatrock, Newfoundland. Her book was published in 2012 by Boulder Publications, Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. The Best Guidebook Award was established by GSIS to recognize and promote excellence in this important type of geoscience literature. The recipient is chosen annually by the GSIS Guidebooks Committee, which publishes Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Publishers of Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks, an outline of best practices in the field. Linda Musser (Pennsylvania State University) delivered the citation and read a statement of acceptance from the author.

The recipient of the 2014 Best Paper Award was Shaun Hardy (Carnegie Institution for Science) for his publication "Open access publishing in the geosciences: Case study of the Deep Carbon Observatory." The paper appeared in Geoscience Information Society Proceedings, volume 43, pages 73-81. Award committee chair Nancy Sprague (University of Idaho) stated that "this concise, well-written article was selected for having broad significance in improving our understanding of open access publishing in the geosciences, current attitudes among researchers about open access, and the roles geoscience librarians can play in helping increase awareness of open access options." The award recognizes the best paper published in the field of geoscience information during the previous year.

The Geoscience Information Society is an international professional organization devoted to improving the exchange of information in the earth sciences. The membership consists of librarians, editors, cartographers, educators, and information professionals. Information about the Society may be found at its website www.geoinfo.org.


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December 4, 2014

Lura Joseph Honored for Distinguished Service in Geoscience Information

Lura E. Joseph, Content Access and Research Services Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), was honored recently by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) with the 2014 Mary B. Ansari Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented in October at the society's annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia and recognizes significant contributions to the field of geoscience information.

Joseph's distinguished record of professional activity and research was key to her selection, in particular her work documenting geological field trip guidebooks. "Lura is recognized as a vocal advocate for the recognition of the value of guidebooks to the geoscience literature," commented Jody Foote (University of Oklahoma) on behalf of the selection committee.

Joseph chaired the GSIS Guidebooks Committee for many years and is a principal contributor to the American Geosciences Institute's Geologic Guidebooks of North America Database. She is the author of nine peer-reviewed journal articles as well as numerous book chapters, reviews, and conference and workshop presentations. Her research on image and figure quality in digitized journal backfile packages garnered the GSIS Best Paper Award in 2007.

From 2001 to 2012 Joseph served as Geology and Digital Projects Librarian at UIUC. She is a past president of the Geoscience Information Society and edited the 2004 GSIS Proceedings. For several years she was an instructor in the "Geoscience Librarianship 101" short course offered to new professionals in the field.

The Ansari Distinguished Service Award was established in 2005 through the generous support of Mary B. Ansari, Director Emerita for Branch Libraries and Administrative Services, University of Nevada-Reno and past president of the Geoscience Information Society.

The Geoscience Information Society is an international professional organization devoted to improving the exchange of information in the earth sciences. The membership consists of librarians, editors, cartographers, educators, and information professionals. Information about the Society may be found at its website www.geoinfo.org.


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October 10, 2012

Geoscience Librarianship Seminar set for November 3

"Geoscience Librarianship 101" - a free seminar on earth science information resources and their organization - will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society on Saturday, November 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Registration is open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies.

The workshop is aimed at librarians new to the geosciences and those already in the field who want a refresher. A team of experienced geoscience librarians will cover topics in collection development, reference, instructional services, and maps and geographic information systems (GIS). Presenters are: Amanda Bielskas (Columbia University), Megan Sapp Nelson (Purdue University), Hannah Winkler (Stanford University) and Linda Zellmer (Western Illinois University). After the formal presentations, participants will have the opportunity to engage in open discussion and to give feedback. Clara McLeod, Earth and Planetary Sciences Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, is coordinating the event.

Geoscience Librarianship 101 will be held from 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM in the J. Murrey Atkins Library, at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins will be admitted. Registrations must be received by October 29, 2012.

To sign up, please provide your name, daytime contact information, and professional (work/school) affiliation to: Clara P. McLeod, Rettner Earth & Planetary Sciences Library, Washington University, Campus Box 1169, St. Louis, MO 63130, telephone 314-935-4817, e-mail cpmcleod@wustl.edu.


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September 3, 2010

Geoscience Librarianship Seminar set for October 30

The Geoscience Information Society's popular professional development seminar returns this fall. "Geoscience Librarianship 101" will be presented on Saturday, October 30 in Denver, just prior to the start of the GSA Annual Meeting. Registration is free and open to all information specialists, professional librarians, and students in library and information studies.

Clara McLeod (Washington University in St. Louis) is again coordinating this year's seminar, which is aimed at librarians new to the geosciences and those already in the field who want a refresher. A team of experienced geoscience librarians will cover topics including collection development, reference and instructional services, map librarianship and GIS. After these presentations, there will be a chance for participants to engage in open discussion and to give feedback. The schedule of presentations is still being finalized and will be available in the next few weeks.

GL101 will be held from 9:15 AM to 3:45 PM in the Auraria Library, 1100 Lawrence St., Denver, Colorado. Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins will be admitted. You do not need to be registered for GSA in order to participate in GL101. Registrations must be received by October 15. To sign up, please provide your name, daytime contact information, and professional (work/school) affiliation to: Shaun Hardy, Carnegie Institution-Library, 5241 Broad Branch Road, NW, Washington, DC 20015, telephone 202-478-7960, e-mail shardy@ciw.edu.

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 www.geoinfo.org.


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August 21, 2009

Geoscience Librarianship Seminar set for October 17

"Geoscience Librarianship 101" - a one-day introduction to earth science information resources and their organization - will be presented by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. Registration is free and open to all information professionals as well as students in library and information studies.

Clara P. McLeod (Washington University in St. Louis) is the coordinator for this year's workshop, which features presentations by three experienced geoscience librarians. Lisa Dunn (Colorado School of Mines) will discuss collection development and managing electronic resources. Lura E. Joseph (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) will provide an overview of reference and instructional services. Linda Zellmer (Western Illinois University) will speak about maps and geographic information systems, both data sources and applications. There will be ample opportunities throughout for open discussion and networking.

The program is set for 10:15 AM to 5:30 PM in PSU's Branford P. Millar Library, Room 160, 1875 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon. There is no charge for the seminar, but pre-registration is required and space is limited. The deadline to register is October 1, 2009. To reserve your place or to request additional information contact Shaun Hardy, GSIS Publicity Officer, telephone 202-478-7960, e-mail shardy@ciw.edu.

Geoscience Librarianship 101 is made possible in part through the generous support of the Portland State University Library and ESRI.

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 www.geoinfo.org.


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August 5, 2009

2009 Best Website Award

After a virtual tie, it was determined to give two websites the 2009 GSIS Best Website Award.

Congratulations to the creators of:

1) DISCOVERING ANTARCTICA
http://www.discoveringantarctica.org.uk

Developed by the Royal Geographical Society in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Comments by reviewers: "The range of topics, (physical, biological, human impact), and the manner in which they organized those topics in non-traditional but logical subdivisions is the leading point. The presentation of the facts, sometimes integrated with human experiences or subjective feelings, and sometimes posed as questions to the user, was another notable feature. A third point is the effective integration of mixed media components which added to the instructional value but wasn't distractive. Final point is the pleasing and relatively uncluttered layout. The colors were not too strong as they unfortunately are in a lot of sites; and it was easy to go back and forth within and between sections." (Kawula)

"Discovering Antarctica has a pleasing, well-organized visual display. The site contains an interesting mixture of multimedia and activities. I think this is a well designed site that has a great fit for its audience and purpose. I also like that they have a page about issues with accessibility." (Tolliver)

2) ON THE CUTTING EDGE
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/

Produced by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Dr. Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology, College of William and Mary, heads up the website team.

Comments by reviewers: "This site has a reasonably simple layout. It contains a variety of types of resources including multimedia. I like how it provides access to information on improving teaching as well as the subject matter. Many of the pages have additional navigation aids in the form of boxes that help narrow the topic by subject or resources type. I think it could use some improvement in the layout of the of the pages below the home page to improve the ease of finding the right information, but it is much better than most similar sites." (Tolliver)

"This is an interesting thematic collection of instruction related resources. At first it appears a bit heavy on promoting their own workshops, But the section on Geoscience Topics and Themes overcomes this point. There are a lot of instruction guides out there but this one focuses on taking new discoveries and research and working them fairly quickly into classroom settings. Well organized and fairly easy to use. Interesting side-bar on the left adds interpretative comments and additional material." (Kawula)