Reinventing Ourselves as Internet Librarians

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  • Reinventing Ourselves as Internet Librarians

    1. 1. Reinventing Ourselves as Internet Librarians Internet Librarian International 2006 By Greg R. Notess SearchEngineShowdown.com
    2. 2. Information Landscape Change
    3. 3. Search Engine Changes <ul><li>MSN Search to Live.com </li></ul><ul><li>Exalead New Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Google Sub page results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid Page Results </li></ul></ul>
    4. 8. Commercial Databases <ul><li>Interface Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once a year? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes daily </li></ul></ul>
    5. 9. The Internet Librarian What are We?
    6. 10. Reinventing Ourselves? <ul><li>New Skills vs. Old Skills </li></ul>
    7. 11. HTML CSS CMS AJAX Perl JavaScript XML Wikis FRBR MODS Blogs RSS Web 2.0 Library 2.0 PodCasts Screencasts XHTML
    8. 12. MARC Boolean Concept Codes Doc Types Info Literacy Classification MeSH Verification Thesauri Controlled Vocabulary Reference Interview UDC Boolean
    9. 13. New(er) Technologies . . <ul><li>Ipod, Video Ipod </li></ul><ul><li>Eye Piece for Web Browsing </li></ul><ul><li>Blackberry </li></ul><ul><li>Sony Ebook Reader </li></ul>
    10. 14. Using all these? <ul><li>Remove the physical library </li></ul><ul><li>Roving librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Becomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Gadget Covered Librarian? </li></ul></ul>
    11. 15. Or Vox? <ul><li>from The Time Machine (2002) </li></ul><ul><li>Orlando Jones as Vox </li></ul>
    12. 16. Librarians as <ul><li>Sponge? </li></ul>
    13. 17. What’s our future? <ul><li>Use only blogs, wikis, IM, . . . ? </li></ul><ul><li>Focus only on new technology? </li></ul><ul><li>Forget our old skills? </li></ul>
    14. 18. No & Yes
    15. 19. Reinvention Does Not Need to <ul><li>Ignore our strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Forget our skills </li></ul><ul><li>Or ignore tech failures </li></ul>
    16. 20. Absorb and Share More <ul><li>Maintain strengths from past </li></ul><ul><li>Build on them with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Future technology </li></ul></ul>
    17. 21. Collection <ul><li>Print & Online </li></ul><ul><li>More to buy than ever before </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with new offerings </li></ul>
    18. 22. Organize <ul><li>Increasingly complex </li></ul><ul><li>E-collections in catalog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-or- separate database </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OpenURL, CrossRef </li></ul><ul><li>Much still to solve </li></ul>
    19. 23. Teaching/Instruction <ul><li>One on one or Group </li></ul><ul><li>As we push our resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Push instruction online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Screencasting </li></ul>
    20. 24. Reference Service <ul><li>Face to face continues </li></ul><ul><li>More tech questions </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual reference </li></ul>
    21. 25. Potential & Pitfalls <ul><li>Blog: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>msusymposium </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Can’t find anything worthwhile” </li></ul>
    22. 26. Potential & Pitfalls <ul><li>RSS Reality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alerts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Engineering Village </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds and Blog button </li></ul></ul>
    23. 27. Wiki Wake-Up <ul><li>Shared Editing </li></ul><ul><li>User Contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Empty Wikis? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forums? </li></ul>
    24. 28. Hype Meter <ul><li>How self centered? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs about blogging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diggs about Digg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis about wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beware closed conversations </li></ul>
    25. 29. Web 2.0 Reality <ul><li>Embedding Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube, iRows </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shared Editing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ZohoPlanner, ZohoSheet </li></ul></ul>
    26. 30. Implementation Matters <ul><li>Can we out-Google Google? </li></ul><ul><li>Sirsi Catalog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include cover screen shots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Table of contents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summaries </li></ul></ul>
    27. 31. Audience Matters <ul><li>Can we out-Amazon Amazon? </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User Contributed Reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does WorldCat Audience Want? </li></ul></ul>
    28. 32. New Technologies <ul><li>Worthwhile to try </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Tech PR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find the Winners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test your Audience </li></ul></ul>
    29. 33. The Internet Librarian <ul><li>Old skills and sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Side by Side with the New </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continual Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soak Up New Knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experiment, and Share </li></ul>
    30. 34. Thank You

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