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I will give the first of three presentations at the American Chemical
Society Spring Conference a week from today
on April 6th 2008, 9:15-9:45, in New Orleans.

_People Are The Bioeconomy: Social Media For Engaged Information

Gerry McKiernan, [log in to unmask] 
Library, Iowa State University, 152 Parks, Ames, IA 50011

While a substantial portion of the primary literature on alternative
energy is published in scholarly journals, significant research is also
reported in conference publications, dissertations, reports, theses,
white papers, and other *gray* literature. This presentation will
discuss this literature and the efforts of the Iowa State University
Library to identify and acquire key gray publications on the production,
use, and impact of biofuels, to support university scientific,
technical, and sociological research initiatives. Two alternative energy
blogs established to promote core publications and resources to a world
community will also be profiled. Major current and future research
alternative energy projects at Iowa State will be described as well. 

The presentation will conclude with speculation on the potential use of
social networking services, such as 2collab,, and
the Nature Network to facilitate and support
university/industry/government communication, collaboration, and
coordination of bioenergy projects. 

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_Engineering the Transition to the Bioeconomy_

The 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 6-10, 2008

9:15 AM-9:45 PM, Sunday, April 6, 2008 

Marriott Convention Center -- Blaine Kern D

Links and Additional  Information and The PPT (by May 1st)  are/will be
accessible at



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If You're Attending ACS, And Are Interested Please Stop By ...

BTW: My Second ACS Presentation _Being There: Using Social Networking
Services For Engaged Library Instruction_

is scheduled for Monday, April 7th 2008, 9:15-9:35




Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011

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There is Nothing More Powerful Than  An Idea Whose Time Has Come
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