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March 2016

AZA 2016 - Getting Started
New Books & DVDs
Book of the Month
Recent Reads

AZA 2016 - Getting Started

AZA Members - Are you submitting a session proposal or poster to AZA 2016?  Here are a few quick tips and a reminder - SDZG Library is here to assist with our collection of information resources and research expertise!  Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help getting started, and here are a few tips to keep in mind:  

What to Submit
• Moderator contact information
• Abstract title
• Abstract - maximum of 250 words
• Three learning objectives
• Primary and secondary tracks
• Experience level of target audience - beginner, intermediate, advanced
• Submission format
• Speaker contact information (for program sessions only)
• Speaker's presentation title and description (maximum 50 words) also required for program sessions

Make it attractive to the selection committee:
Build variety into your panel: speakers from zoos, aquariums, outside community; institutions of different sizes, budgets, demographics, geographic regions.

Important Dates:
March 31 - SDZG: Submit the track you are submitting under to your supervisor
April 15 (5 p.m. EST) Deadline for sessions and posters to be submitted to AZA via online.
May 12 and 13 - the AZA Program Committee meets in Washington DC and reviews proposals. In late May, authors are notified of acceptance by AZA.
Please note, personalized research assistance and access to some resources is limited to only SDZG staff.

New Books & DVDs

Brickell, Christopher. Pruning & training. QK80 .B75 2011 MAIN

Cotler, Amy. The locavore way : discover and enjoy the pleasures of locally grown food. QH75 .C68 2009 MAIN

Dixson, Alan F. The mandrill : a case of extreme sexual selection. QL737 .P93 D59 2015 MAIN

McKay, Kim. True green @ work : 100 ways you can make the environment your business. HD60 .M35 2008 MAIN

Mooney, Harold, et al. (eds.) Ecosystems of California. QH105 .C2 E26 2016 MAIN

Nelson, Bob. 1001 ways to reward employees. HF5549.5 .I5 N45 2005 MAIN

Nelson, Bob. 1001 ways to energize employees. HF5549.5 .M63 N45 1997 MAIN

Solski, Leszek. 150 lat ZOO Wroclaw, 150 jahre ZOO Breslau [150 years at ZOO Wroclaw, 150 years at ZOO Breslau]. QL76.52 .P65 S65 2015 MAIN

Watson, Gary W. The practical science of planting trees. QK80 .W385 2013 MAIN

Book of the Month

Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story


Hollywood has a lot to teach scientists about how to tell a story—and, ultimately, how to do science better.

With Houston, We Have a Narrative, Randy Olson lays out a stunningly simple method for turning the dull into the dramatic. Drawing on his unique background, which saw him leave his job as a working scientist to launch a career as a filmmaker, Olson first diagnoses the problem: When scientists tell us about their work, they pile one moment and one detail atop another moment and another detail—a stultifying procession of "and, and, and." What we need instead is an understanding of the basic elements of story, the narrative structures that our brains are all but hardwired to look for—which Olson boils down, brilliantly, to "And, But, Therefore," or ABT. At a stroke, the ABT approach introduces momentum (“And”), conflict (“But”), and resolution (“Therefore”)—the fundamental building blocks of story. As Olson has shown by leading countless workshops worldwide, when scientists’ eyes are opened to ABT, the effect is staggering: suddenly, they’re not just talking about their work—they’re telling stories about it. And audiences are captivated. - From publisher website

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Recent Reads

What's been piquing our interest these days?  Here are a few books from our Recent Returns shelf, giving a little insight into what we're reading at the Zoo, Park & Institute.


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Tuesday, March 22
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