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James Manasco

Title: Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian
Rank: Associate Professor
Dept./Unit: Reference
Library: University Libraries' system-wide departments
Phone: 852-8731
Fax: 852-8736
Email: Send an e-mail
Building: Ekstrom Library
Campus: Belknap
  Education:
DegreeMajorSchoolGraduate Date
BAHistoryUniversity of Kentucky1994
MSLSLibrary ScienceUniversity of Kentucky1996
 
Job Description:
Engineering and Physical Sciences Librarian

Reference
• Provide reference service 7-9 hours per week to faculty, staff, students and community members via in-person, phone, and instant messaging.
• Provide in-depth reference assistance as needed.
• Create, monitor, and update LibGuides in the areas of engineering and the physical sciences (biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics).
Information Literacy/Liaison
• Teach information literacy instruction sessions as needed in areas of engineering, the physical sciences and biology.
• Communicate with assigned departmental faculty, graduate students and staff to make them aware of our information literacy efforts.
• Work with assigned departmental faculty and graduate students to address information literacy needs in the their teaching curricula.
• Work with assigned departmental faculty, and graduate students to address their research needs.
• Participate in Information Literacy Group meetings.
Collection Development/Liaison
• Review and make recommendations for purchase in the subject areas of engineering and the physical sciences.
• Review and make recommendations for science gift books and donations.
• Review science titles in the reference collection to try and reduce the reference footprint.
• Communicate with assigned departmental faculty as to their curricular and research needs. Advocate for those needs to Collection Development.
• Weed science monographs in appropriate subject ranges in the stacks and RRS.
Libraries’ Governance
• Attend and participate in University Libraries’ Faculty (ULF) meetings.
 
Selected Publications & Presentation:
Awards/Recognition:
2012
Interviewed for a promotional video for SLA done by Springer Publishing. Video may be viewed at http://youtu.be/o_Oo44OKWUM.
2011
2011 Grieg Aspnes Outstanding Member Award Awarded by the Information Technology Division of the Special Libraries Association at the Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June.
Profiled in Librarianinsider: News for Librarians published by IOP Publishing in Issue 26 March 2011, in the Your Library section titled “60 seconds with…James E. Manasco, Head, Collection Development, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.”
2010
2010 Special Librarian of the Year Awarded by the Special Section of the Kentucky Library Association at its Fall Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sci-Tech Division Impossible Award Awarded by the Division Chair at the Annual Business Meeting to recognize work by a member that made the impossible, possible. From the citation: “James led the Sci-Tech News to its new online format using the Jefferson Digital Commons BePress platform, while also being recognized as a member of the prestigious SLA Fellows class of 2010 and chairing the SLA Conference Advisory Council for 2010 and running for Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect for 2011. James' additional contributions and honors are as follows: Sci-Tech Division Chair (2003-04), IT Division Chair (2008), Sci-Tech News Editor-in-Chief (2009-present), SLA-wide Annual 2010 Conference Advisory Council Chair, numerous awards from the Kentucky Chapter of SLA, President of the Kentucky Chapter (2003-04), Editor of the Kentucky Chapter Bulletin (2000-01), and famous co-presenter for the much-admired Science & Engineering Resources 101 conference session series. His illustrious (and much more extensive) portfolio of contributions both within SLA and at his home institution are truly impressive.”
Fellow of the Special Libraries Association. This award, according to the SLA website, is presented to an SLA member to recognize leadership in their career as an information professional. Fellowship in SLA is bestowed on mid-career SLA members in recognition of past, present and future service to the Association and the profession. Fellows are called upon, and expected to advise the Association's Board of Directors, to prepare necessary documentation, and to alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Press release available at: http://www.sla.org/content/SLA/pressroom/pressrelease/10pr/pr1009.cfm
2007
Outstanding Chapter Member Award, Kentucky Chapter, Special Libraries Association. This award, according to the guidelines, shall be given to a chapter member for a notable or important contribution to the Kentucky Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. The citation for this award noted that this award was “presented to James Manasco for his ongoing excellent representation of the chapter on an international level including, but not limited to, his role in the recent dues revisions and continuous support of fellow Chapter members.”
2004
2003-2004 Professional Award, Kentucky Chapter, Special Libraries Association. This award, according to the guidelines, is given to an individual or group in recognition of a specific achievement in the field of librarianship or to the subject field in which they serve. The citation for this award noted that this award was presented “for his impressive work during his busy year as Chapter President, Chair of the Sci-Tech Division, and Chair of the KLA Library Administration & Management Round Table. James promoted and increased visibility of both our Kentucky Chapter and the Sci-Tech Division. His most notable work spearheaded the efforts of the Kentucky Chapter Recruitment and Retention, Membership and Public Relations/Diversity Leadership Development Committees -- as well as the Association’s Executive Board - by proposing new management and retention methods to the Chapter Cabinet of SLA.

Publications:
2011
• “COMICS! The Ardi and Dick Wilson Collection or How I Got to Totally Geek-Out on the Job,” The Owl: A Newsletter for Employees of the University of Louisville Libraries, vol. 27 no.5 page 1-3.
2010
• “From the Editor,” Sci-Tech News, vol. 64 no.4 page 3. • “From the Editor,” Sci-Tech News, vol. 64 no.3 page 3. • “From the Editor,” Sci-Tech News, vol. 64 no.2 page 3. • “From the Editor,” Sci-Tech News, vol. 64 no.1 page 3.
2009
• “From the Editor,” Sci-Tech News, vol. 63 no.4 page 3. • “From the Editor,” Sci-Tech News, vol. 63 no.3 page 3. • “From the Editor,” Sci-Tech News, vol. 63 no.2 page 3. • “From the Editor,” Sci-Tech News, vol. 63 no.1 page 3.
2008
• “From the IT Division Chair: James Manasco,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA (Special Libraries Association), vol. 25 no.4 page 1.
• “From the IT Division Chair: James Manasco,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol. 25 no.3 page 1.
• “From the IT Division Chair: James Manasco,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol. 25 no.2 pages 1-2.
• “From the IT Division Chair: James Manasco,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol. 25 no.1 pages 1-2.
• “2008 Leadership Summit (Pt. 6): The Sunny Side of Louisville and the Kentucky Chapter Site” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol. 24 no.6 pages 2-3.
2007
• “2008 Leadership Summit (Pt. 5): The Conference Location and 4th Street Live!,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol.24 no.5 pages 6-7.
• “2008 Leadership Summit: Reasons to Come to Louisville, Part 4,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol.24 no.4 pages 17-19.
• “Reflections on the Denver Conference: Closing General Session and Scott Adams,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol.24 no.4 pages 13-14.
• “2008 Leadership Summit: Reasons to Come to Louisville, Part 3,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol.24 no.3 page 12.
• “2008 Leadership Summit: More Reasons to Come to Louisville,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol.24 no.2 page 13.
• “2008 Leadership Summit – Louisville, Kentucky,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol.24 no.1 pages 4-5.
• The Great Flood of 1937: Rising Waters, Soaring Spirits, Louisville, Kentucky. Author: Rick Bell. Photo Editor: James E. Manasco. Louisville, KY: Butler Books.
2006
• Louisville: Then and Now. Contemporary photography by Bill Carner and Christine Leake with Aron Conaway. Captions and historical notes by James E. Manasco, Delinda S. Buie, Amy Hanaford Purcell et al. Louisville, KY: Butler Books.
• “Baltimore Conference Highlights-Technical Support Roundtable,” b/ITe: Bulletin of the Information Technology Division/SLA, vol.23 no.1 pages 11-12.
2005
• Senior Advisor, Library of Congress Subject Classification R, for Bowker’s Best Reference Books (R.R. Bowker L.L.C.).
• “Candidates for Sci-Tech Division Offices 2005-2006,” Sci-Tech News, vol.59 no.1 pages 19-25. Compiled and edited the profiles and interviews with the candidates for office.
2004
• “Interview with the Blogger: A Conversation with Catherine Lavallée-Welch,” Sci-Tech News, vol.58 no.2 pages 6-8.
• “Science-Technology Division: From the Chair,” Sci-Tech News, vol.58 no.2 page 25.
• “President’s Message,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.29 no.1.
• “Science-Technology Division: From the Chair,” Sci-Tech News, vol.58 no.1 page 30.
• “President’s Message,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.28 no.4.
• “Leadership Summit Chapter Cabinet: Membership/Dues Proposal from the Kentucky Chapter,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.28 no.4.
2003
• “Science-Technology Division: From the Chair,” Sci-Tech News, vol.57 no.4 pages 40.
• “President’s Message,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol. 28 no.3.
• “Science-Technology Division: From the Chair,” Sci-Tech News, vol.57 no.3 pages 23-24.
• “President’s Message,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol. 28 no.2.
• “2003 Joint Spring Conference,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.27 no.4 pages 4.
• “Issues from the Winter Meeting,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.27 no.4 pages 5-6.
2002
• Co-authored with Reinette F. Jones, “Professionalism and Librarians,” Kentucky Libraries, vol.66 no.4 pages 18-19. [refereed]
• “Kentucky Chapter Spring Meeting Survey Results,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.27 no.3 pages 6-8.
• “38 Hours in Kentucky,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.27 no.3 pages 9-11.
• Co-authored with Sandy Farrell, “Cooperative Support for the UK Engineering Program Paducah Campus-Based on a report delivered at the 2001 Fall KLA Conference,” Kentucky Libraries, vol.66 no.3 pages 4-5. [refereed]
• Co-authored with Mary Lou Baker Jones, Mary Frances Lembo and John H. Sandy, “Recruiting Entry-Level Sci-Tech Librarians: An Analysis of Job Advertisements and Outcome of Searches,” Sci-Tech News, vol.56 no.2 pages 12-16.
2001
• “Contributed Papers: Managing the Delivery of Electronic Journals: Issues for a Science-Technical Library,” Sci-Tech News, vol.55 no.3 page 48.
• “Electronic Journal Management: A Selected Bibliography,” in Managing the Delivery of Electronic Journals: Issues for a Science-Technical Library, Proceedings of the Contributed Papers Session Science Technology Division, Special Libraries Association.
• “Odds and Ends from Savannah,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.25 no.4 pages 4-5.
• “Remote Information Services: A Selected Bibliography of Recent Publications,” in The Distributed Sci-Tech Librarian: Models for Remote Information Services, Proceedings of the Contributed Papers Session Science Technology Division, Special Libraries Association. Also published on the Special Libraries Association Science-Technical Division’s website (http://www.sla.org/division/dst/2000papers.html).
1999
• “From the Hinterlands, Or a Kentucky Wildcat in General Palmer’s Town,” Kentucky Chapter Special Libraries Association Bulletin, vol.24 no.1 page 7.
1998
• Co-authored with Bryan D. Gillespie, James Purks and Maggie D. Johnson, "Duties of Student Assistants in Carnegie I Branch Academic Libraries," Kentucky Libraries, vol.62 no.4 pages 14-18. [refereed]
• Co-authored with John H. Sandy and Mary Frances Lembo, “Preparation for Sci-Tech Librarianship: Results of a Survey,” Sci-Tech News, vol.52 no.1 pages 16-17.

Presentations:
2013
• Science and Technology Resources 101: Focus on Mining Engineering and Transportation Engineering. Presented with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year.
• SLA Student Chapter at the University of Kentucky Unconference. Served as the invited Opening Speaker for this event in April at the University of Kentucky William T. Young Library.
2012
• Science and Technology Resources 101: Focus on Nuclear Engineering and Physics. Presented with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year. • Marketing for the Rest of Us: A Guide for Introverts, Moderator. Presented by Mary Ellen Bates at the SLA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.
2011
• Science and Technology Resources 101: Focus on Marine Resources and Materials Sciences. Presented with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year.
• Library 101 Presentation-Collection Development. Presented at the Ekstrom Library in the Chao Auditorium on June 29. Gave an overview of the Department to library employees.
2010
• Rising Star SLA Fellows Roundtable. Panel discussion as a new Fellow concerning “today’s hot topics in the information profession.” • Science and Engineering Resources 101: Focus on National Security Resources and GIS/Remote sensing. Presented with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year.
2009
• Science and Engineering Resources 101: Focus on Alternative Energy and Agricultural Resources. Presented with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year in Seattle.
2008
• Science and Engineering Resources 101: Focus on Nanotechnology and Aeronautical Resources. Presented with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Confernece in Seattle, Washington. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year in Denver.
2007
• Science and Engineering Resources 101: Focus on Atmospheric Sciences and Geology and Geography. Presented with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year in Baltimore.
2006
• Science and Engineering Resources 101: Focus on Materials Science and Computer Science. Presented with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year in Toronto.
• Effective Googling. Delivered on March 26 at Charlestown Road Southern Baptist Church in New Albany, IN.
• Al Gore 101: A Brief History of the Internet. Delivered on February 26 at Charlestown Road Southern Baptist Church in New Albany, IN.
• Free Medical Resources on the Internet. Delivered on January 29 at Charlestown Road Southern Baptist Church in New Albany, IN.
2005
• Science and Engineering Resources 101: Focus on Technical Reports, Patents, Standards, and Codes. Presented in June with Mary Frances Lembo at the SLA Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. This session was an invited follow-up to our presentation the previous year in Nashville.
• Science Reference Resources for Law Librarians. Presented in February with Catherine Lavallée-Welch at the SLA Kentucky Chapter and SLA Legal Division Joint Regional Conference “Mastering the Art of Information Sleuthing: for Business, Science, Legal and Other Hidden Resources,” in Louisville, KY.
2004
• Science and Technology Information Resources. Presented in June with Mary Frances Lembo at the 2004 SLA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. This session focused on key resources for non sci-tech librarians.
• If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: Tips from Outgoing Presidents and Chairs. Panel discussion in June with Ty Webb, Martha McPhail, Jack Morris, Miranda Scott and Dottie Moon. This session was presented as part of the Leadership Development Institute at the 2004 SLA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.
• Kidding Around: Integrating the Library into Pediatrics Morning Report. Contributed paper presentation in April at the 2004 Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Prepared with Elizabeth Smigielski, Erin Richey and Tracee Wojtkowski. Presented solo at the conference.
2003
• Electronic Library Services and Knowledge Resources. Presented in November to the Introduction to Health Informatics class of the School of Public Health at the University of Louisville.
• Let’s Get Physical! Physical Science Reference Fundamentals for Non-Scientists. Co-organizer and Instructor for the PAM Division’s Continuing Education Course at the SLA Annual Conference in June.
2002
• Let’s Get Physical! Physical Science Reference Fundamentals for Non-Scientists, Co-organizer and Moderator. PAM Division’s Continuing Education Course at the SLA Annual Conference in June.
• The Virtual Reference Desk: Report from the 3rd Annual Virtual Reference Desk Conference. Presented with Kandace Rogers and Mary Vass at the SLA Kentucky Chapter/KLA Academic and Special Sections Joint Spring Conference in April.
2001
• Virtual Orlando: The Virtual Reference Desk. Presented in December with Kandace Rogers and Mary Vass concerning the Virtual Reference Desk’s 3rd Annual Digital Reference Conference to the Special Libraries Association Kentucky Chapter Fall Meeting. Lexington, Kentucky.
• Meeting the Needs of Students and Faculty of the UK Engineering Program at the Paducah Community College: An Adventure in Distance Learning. Presented in October with Sandy Farrell of the Paducah Community College Library at the KLA Fall Conference.
• Managing the Delivery of Electronic Journals: Issues for a Science-Technology Library, Convener, Organizer and Moderator. Sci-Tech Division’s Contributed Papers Session at the SLA Annual Conference in June.
• Selection and Evaluation of Web Sites in Science and Engineering. Presented with Ann Davidson at the SLA Kentucky Chapter/KLA Academic and Special Sections Joint Spring Conference in April.
• Electronic Information Resources. Presented to the faculty of the University of Kentucky Engineering Program at Paducah Community College in February.
2000
• The Distributed Sci-Tech Librarian: Models for Remote Information Services, Moderator. Sci-Tech Division’s Contributed Papers Session at the SLA Annual Conference in June.
1999
• Graduate Programs in Physics and Environmental Science. Presentation on how to find information about graduate schools in both traditional and electronic resources presented to the students and faculty of the Physics Department and the Environmental Sciences Program at The Colorado College in January.
1998
• PAM Division’s Vendor Roundtable, Co-Moderator. Roundtable discussion at the SLA Annual Conference in June.
1997
• Evaluation of Web Sites. Presented with Robin Satterwhite to the staff of the Air Force Academy’s Library and several Academy faculty in April.
1996
• Use of Students in Academic Branch Libraries. Presented with Maggie Johnson and Bryan Gillespie at the KLA, Academic and Special Sections/SLA Kentucky Chapter Joint Spring Conference at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky in April.