Plant Sciences Libraries 2.0 / SLA 2008, Seattle


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presented at SLA 2008 conference in Seattle as the second half of the session discussing the future scenarios of these special libraries. This latter by Jarmo Saarikko part concentrated on the roles of people. First part was presented by Roger Mills from Oxford.

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  • Forestry and plant scienece libraries? At Metla we have changed its name to Information Service as the library was getting negative connotations among the directors wanting to make budget cuts and not wanting to see any rented office spaces filled with lots of unused (in their view) paper journals. This was due to the new policy that the governement moved the ownership of buildings to another governement owned business which charges government instutions for the office space.
  • Plant Sciences Libraries 2.0 / SLA 2008, Seattle

    1. 1. Plant Sciences Library 2.0 <ul><li>Jarmo Saarikko </li></ul><ul><li>Finnish Forest Research Institute – Metla </li></ul><ul><li>Head of Information Service (ex Library) </li></ul>
    2. 2. Plant Sciences Library 2.0 <ul><li>Smaller special libraries are rapidly disappearing - </li></ul><ul><li>often amalgamated to larger units </li></ul>
    3. 3. Plant Sciences Library 2.0 <ul><li>What makes this library </li></ul><ul><li>to be a second level library? </li></ul><ul><li>Collections? Services? Staff? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Plant Sciences Library 2.0 <ul><li>Special collections - are there any left? </li></ul><ul><li>Plant sciences staff – how to find them? </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry patrons – where do they go to now? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any dedicated services needed? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a special library special? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you find the special if you need it? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Plant Sciences Library 2.0 <ul><li>Science -> E-science -> Science 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinarity </li></ul><ul><li>How can the Web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>help patrons to receive the library services they need in the new science environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>help librarians and information specialists to provide their expertise is of use to their patrons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in both the traditional and the new innovative services </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Plant Sciences Library 2.0 <ul><li>All have access to the net </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile access from anywhere they go </li></ul><ul><li>Library as physical space may need a digital or virtual equivalent where the roaming patrons can visit </li></ul><ul><li>Should libraries reach out to the patrons? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library in a small and remote research unit? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Services are changing </li></ul><ul><li>Required expertise is changing </li></ul>
    7. 7. Plant Sciences Library 2.0 <ul><li>Many sessions cover these during SLA2008 </li></ul><ul><li>New tasks and roles for the science librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisitions, procurement – ebooks, research data </li></ul><ul><li>Digital asset management </li></ul><ul><li>Digitization </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge organization and management </li></ul><ul><li>Networking the libraries </li></ul>
    8. 8. Library 2.0 <ul><li>New way of thinking web services </li></ul><ul><li>Easiness of finding and locating information </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility to modify network content </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>for an individual or a group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Participation of patrons in service production </li></ul><ul><li>Using the existing metadata in the catalogs </li></ul><ul><li>National investments </li></ul>
    9. 9. Specialists in Library 2.0 <ul><li>New roles in serving research teams and networks </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating new communication and networking tools in research </li></ul><ul><li>Segmentation </li></ul><ul><li>Searching and managing information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drilling in the scientific content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>graphs and images are now being indexed, and datasets put available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From social networking sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs, videos, podcasts, wikis, feeds, slideshares </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Syndication of information, mashups and remixing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Re-designing services </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OPAC for Web 2.0 http:// / blog / post /11096 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Where are the physical shelved collections? Are they becoming a curiosity instead of an asset? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Patrons in Library 2.0 <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Enriching the library catalogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>from information systems to participatory systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>tagging </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reviews, comments, corrections of errors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>recommendations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>aquisition suggestions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>suggest additional reading from the collection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>collective reliability check; evidence for and against </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: ( link ), ( link ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Collection management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>bringing in digital assets </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Non-patrons in Library 2.0 <ul><li>Reasons for not using libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services not known </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services known but not interested </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young males </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition of time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Providing interesting services and marketing them </li></ul>
    12. 12. Library of the future <ul><ul><ul><li>A study made in Helsinki 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Task: to civilize and to keep up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Living library - central knot </li></ul><ul><li>Content is the most important feature </li></ul><ul><li>Library is an interesting place both physically and virtually </li></ul><ul><li>Events continually </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone knows what library has to offer </li></ul>
    13. 13. Additional information <ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / wiki /Library_2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / wiki /Library_2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A ning social network for Library 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library 2.0 Reading List http:// /library20 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This lens is created by Jenny Levine and Michael Stephens for the Library 2.0 course for the American library Association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Has also definitions for Library 2.0 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Online articles on web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / ltr / (M.Boule) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// /2006/v3n2/a25.html (J.M.Maness) </li></ul></ul>