Jim Neal Presents at Annual American Geophysical Union Meeting

NEW YORK, December 11, 2008 James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, will be presenting at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco on Monday, December 15, 2008.

His talk, "The Research Library and the E-Science Challenge: New Roles Building on Expanding Responsibilities in Service of the Science Community," examines the relationship between research libraries and e-science, a term denoting research activities and methodologies reliant on information technology.

The presentation is part of a Union session entitled, "The Library - Data Center Alliance in Earth and Space Sciences," which aims to bring together members of both research library and data center communities to explore management of digital scientific data collections. The session is co-convened by Rajendra Bose, Digital Initiatives Manager at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS), and Mark Parsons, Program Manager at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Other AGU meeting participants from Columbia University include Robert Downs and Robert Chen of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), as well as Robert Cartolano of CUL/IS. They, along with Bose, will present "Collaborative Establishment of a Long-Term Archive for Stewardship of Interdisciplinary Scientific Data" in a related session.

AGU is a worldwide scientific society of Earth and space scientists with approximately 55,000 members. The organization advances, through unselfish cooperation in research, the understanding of Earth and space for the benefit of humanity. AGU conducts meetings and conferences, publishes journals, books and a weekly newspaper, and sponsors a variety of programs in education, science policy, and public information.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) partners with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia's research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. More information about CDRS’ services and projects is available at http://cdrs.columbia.edu.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.