APA at ALA Midwinter

In addition to our usual training presentation and Librarian Roundtable Breakfast, APA Publishing celebrated publishing its 3 millionth record at ALA Midwinter.

Photo of the celebration for the 3 millionth PsycINFO record at the ALA Midwinter meeting
From left to right: Tim Rinda, Alvin Walker, Susan Hillson, Linda Beebe, and Christine Chambers

APA Publishing exhibited at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting, held this year in San Diego. In addition to our usual Librarian's Roundtable Breakfast, on January 9th, and Brunch and Learn session on January 10th, we had a special celebration in our exhibit stand for the 3 millionth PsycINFO record!

Quick recap: In November 2010, APA hit a major milestone for the PsycINFO database, publishing its 3 millionth record, the article "Rehabilitating Patients with Left Spatial Neglect by Prism Exposure During a Visuomotor Activity" in the journal Neuropsychology (see our special issue on the 3 millionth record and PsycINFO history of how we got here).  To celebrate, we threw a party at ALA Midwinter with a reception featuring a 3 millionth record commemorative cake and blinking star pins as souvenirs.

Librarians' Roundtable Breakfast

PsycINFO's Librarians' Roundtable Breakfast provides APA with a valuable opportunity to get feedback directly from librarians as well as to update the library community about our publishing activities. Linda Beebe, PsycINFO's Senior Director, led the discussion with topics that included products coming soon from APA and how mobile devices are affecting the library world. There was also stimulating discussion of behavioral science librarians' new challenges, including patron-driven acquisition and the new ProQuest platform.

Brunch and Learn

On Monday, January 10th, PsycINFO Customer Relations trainers Lisa Sick and Michael Miyazaki presented a Brunch and Learn session to 28 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
  • updates and new content
  • multidisciplinary content
  • tools for library instruction
  • social networking applications
  • use of mobile devices to access APA content

Search examples on the major vendor platforms demonstrated features such as the online thesaurus, limits, and platform features designed to increase serendipitous search processes.

Participants were polled about their biggest challenge in 2011. Their responses included:

  • Reaching students is a big concern for many people. Developing instructional programs for digital natives and distance education students and making them aware of library services and resources were specifically mentioned. Because students are so reliant on faculty for their information, librarians need a way to teach faculty about PsycINFO and search tricks.
  • Learning the new ProQuest platform , understanding its rendition of PsycINFO, and communicating the platform changes to students and faculty,
  • Balancing collection maintenance while delivering quality services,
  • Licensing ebooks in behavioral sciences. This area gets overlooked because we don't have funding or librarians overseeing these areas.
  • Finding evidence-based articles to meet specific student scenarios,
  • Finding a job,
  • Developing publicity for patrons/users.

Participants at the session received PsycINFO's Customer Relations department's new flash drive loaded with training materials and the new 2011 PsycINFO Journal Coverage List. (A limited number of the flash drives are still available. If you would like one, please contact Michael Miyazaki.

The Librarian's Roundtable Breakfast and Brunch and Learn are given at ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual. If you missed the sessions in San Diego, 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 the Brunch and Learn presentation and other 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.