Panel Sessions

Thursday, October 21

8:00–9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Joni M. Blake, Ph.D., Executive Director, Greater Western Library Alliance
James T. Simon, Director, Global Resources Network, Center for Research Libraries

9:15–10:00 a.m.
Keynote: Water and Empire in the American West: Past, Present, and Future
Donald Worster, Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Professor of U.S. History, University of Kansas

10:00–10:15 a.m.

10:15–11:45 a.m.
Session 1: Preservation of, and Access to, Water-Related Information
How libraries, archives, and other institutions have traditionally preserved documentation and evidence necessary for planning and allocation of water resources.

  • The National Water Information System
    John Faundeen, Archivist, U.S. Geological Survey, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
  • California Water Data : current landscape and future
    Linda Vida, Director/Head Librarian, Water Resources Center Archives, University of California, Berkeley
  • Documenting Colorado water within and beyond its borders
    Patricia J. Rettig, Head Archivist, Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University Libraries

Commentary and Observations: Richard Clement

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

1:00–2:30 p.m.
Session 2: New Types and Sources of Documentation
Emerging areas of production of water resource data (governmental, commercial, scientific), how institutions and individuals are acquiring and making it accessible for research.

  • The Western Waters Digital Library: Building a Resource through Multi-State Collaboration & Technology
    Dawn Bastian Paschal, Assistant Dean for Digital Library & ePublishing Services, Colorado State University
    Gregory C. Thompson, Associate Director for Special Collections, J. W. Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • Federated water research and the Texas Water Digital Library
    Ken Rainwater, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director, Water Resource Center, Texas Tech University
  • CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System: integrating government and academic sources of water data for research and education
    Ilya Zaslavsky, Ph.D. , Director, Spatial Information Systems Laboratory, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Commentary and Observations: Jeff Dickey

2:30–2:45 p.m.

2:45–4:15 p.m.
Session 3: New Methodologies and Areas of Water Research
How today’s academic, public policy, commercial, and nongovernmental communities identify and make use of water research data.

  • Use of water data in U.S. & International Water Law
    Greg Hobbs, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
  • Water Data Needs and Applications in the Private Sector
    Robert Annear, Vice President, DHI Solutions
  • Mining for Data: The Search for Information on Groundwater Conditions and Use in the Colorado River Border Region.
    Mike Cohen, Senior Research Associate, the Pacific Institute

Commentary and Observations: Jill Crawley-Low

4:15–5:00 p.m.
Wrap-up and Recommendations for Day 2


Working Sessions

Friday, October 22

8:30–9:00 a.m.

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Working Session 1: Identifying threats and challenges
Participants from CRL member libraries and GWLA discuss the most pressing issues related to the collection, retention, and accessibility of data in water-resource research. Are institutions collecting the correct content, and doing so appropriately? What are patrons using, and what are they finding that libraries are not collecting?

Facilitators: Joni Blake, Patricia Rettig

10:30–10:45 a.m.

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Working Session 2: Toward an Action Agenda
What actions can libraries and partner organizations take to better ensure the survival and integrity of the most appropriate resources? What new models, partnerships, and investment strategies will best address these challenges? Where do we focus our efforts?

Facilitator: James Simon

11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Bernard Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries