APA at ALA Midwinter, January 15-18, 2010, Boston, MA

Review APA's activities at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference.

APA exhibited at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Boston and held two events, a Librarian's Roundtable Breakfast on January 17 and a Brunch and Learn on January 18.

The breakfast is an opportunity for librarians and the content development group from APA to dialogue. Linda Beebe, the senior director for PsycINFO, updated participants about APA's activities. The session attracted many new attendees. One of the main topics of conversation was the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association released last July.

PsycINFO staff also discussed the new APA Books® E-Collections that were created last year, online first publications (see the discussion in the July 2009 issue [PDF: 792KB]), and new 2010 journals, Psychology of Violence, Nordic Psychology, and Journal of Personnel Psychology. Librarians said that they found alerts on the new titles added to the database very helpful.

Attendees, in turn, talked about the changes they were seeing in their own institutions and suggested some developments they expect in the future. They reported that they see more and more students using smartphone technology and anticipate that trend will continue, creating a demand for electronic texts and additional applications for social networking. Some librarians reported they are moving to patron-initiated book purchases, tracking user demand based on usage information from the MARC records in their catalogs. They also noted a movement away from print copies of reference works to online reference works.

On Monday, January 18th, PsycINFO Customer Relations trainer and long-time PsycINFO indexer, Lisa Sick, presented a Brunch and Learn session to over 40 attendees. A number of attendees had previously participated in one of PsycINFO's Advanced Webinar Training for Librarians sessions and wanted to hear more about the databases.

The Brunch and Learn session highlighted

  • usefulness of the databases
  • multidisciplinary content
  • tools for library instruction
  • social networking applications

Search examples on the major vendor platforms demonstrated features such as the online thesaurus, limits, and browsing for term paper topics.

The Librarian's Roundtable Breakfast and Lunch and Learn are given at ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual. If you missed the sessions in Boston, watch for the announcements of the programs on the PsycINFO and EBSS listservs and in the ALA Annual conference program.

You can find links to our training presentations in our Presentation Archive. In addition, for links to database documentation, search guides, tutorials, and searching specific databases on the APA web site, please visit the Search Help and Training Center.

And if you would be interested in attending one of our training webinars or having your students or library patrons attend a PsycINFO Customer Relations staff led webinar, please visit our Webinar Training Schedule and sign up for a session.

Of course, we're always interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions on our training program activities and materials. Contact us anytime.