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The Technologically Challenged Academic Librarian: What has changed in the provision of information services in the age of social interactions?


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Presentation for the IAMSLIC Conference, Zanzibar, 16-21 October 2011

Presentation for the IAMSLIC Conference, Zanzibar, 16-21 October 2011

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    • 1. The Technologically Challenged Academic Librarian:What has changed in the provision of information services in the age of social interactions? Pavlinka Kovatcheva, Faculty Librarian: Natural Sciences University of Johannesburg, South Africa IAMSLIC Conference 19 October 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania
    • 2. South African Research Environment
    • 3. The South African Higher Education 2003-2004 started with reforms in the HE Mergers/Incorporation of small Universities /Technikons into Larger Institutions From 32 to 21 Public Universities Divided into three type of Universities- Traditional Universities (Theoretically oriented)- Universities of Technologies (Vocational/Practical)- Comprehensive Universities (Combination of both) Large in student numbers Focus on Research Focus on 1st generation students
    • 4. Top Africa Universities Ranking (Jul 2011)
    • 5. South African Research: Subject Areas (2009-2010)
    • 6. Country Ranking: Research in Aquatic Science (2010)
    • 7. Country Ranking: Research in Animal Science & Zoology (2010)
    • 8. University of Johannesburg Faculty of Science & the Department of Zoology
    • 9. The University of JohannesburgThe University of Johannesburg came in existence from a mergerbetween the Technikon Witwatersrand, Rand AfrikaansUniversity and Vista Universities in 2005.•Over 45,000 students•9 Faculties on 4 Campuses•5 Academic LibrariesChallenges for the SA Education:•Poverty and Crime•Cultural and Language diversity•Urban vs Rural education•Access to Internet and Bandwidth•Information and Computer Literacy
    • 10. UJ Faculty of Science overview 14 Departments Up-to 90 Rated Researchers in 2010 2 Campuses 2010 - 151 permanent & 79 non-permanent academics 94.5% of the Academics are with Masters 56.3% are with Doctorate degrees2010 Science Students Enrolment- Undergraduates 2332- Postgraduates 584
    • 11. UJ Zoology Department In existence for 43 year Currently 10 academic staff members & 6 support staff Research active department Published almost 1000 manuscripts Well known for its work in freshwater biology, specifically with regard to biodiversity of freshwater animals and the effect of pollutants on the histology, morphology and physiology of animals. Lectures in Zoology, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Ocular Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology – 17 semester courses, almost 750 undergrads and almost 60 postgrads students Source
    • 12. Zoology Department Research Areas (1) Current Research in Genetics Research in Fish Parasitology The Centre for Aquatic Research (CAR) research projects focuses into the field of fresh water and estuarine ecotoxicology. - Hartbeespoort Dam Water Monitoring and Algae Management Program - Monitoring of metallic and organic pollutants along the South African coastline - Ecological Risk Assessment for pesticides at Vaal harts Irrigation Scheme - Marine Fish Parasitic Isopods from Southern Africa - Ecological Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials in the Aquatic Environment, etc.
    • 13. Zoology Department Research Areas (2) Research in Fish Histopathology and Reproductive Biology Research in Comparative Respiratory Functional MorphologyFETWater programme in Rivers and WetlandsAquarium facilityCollaborations: Students & Research Exchange with the University of Hong Kong Collaboration with the University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan
    • 14.
    • 16. Online resources for zoology users
    • 17. Online Resources for Zoology Researchers
    • 18. Online Book Collections
    • 19. UJ Zoology Department Institutional Repository: UJDigispace
    • 20. Open Access Science Directory
    • 21. the south African libraries The university of Johannesburg library
    • 22. SA Libraries Initiatives UJ Library Highlights National Consortium (SANLiC)  5 Libraries in 4 campuses Library Associations (SAOUG;  Archive & Institutional LIASA; SLIS, etc.) Repository Collections Carnegie Foundations for SA  Dewey project Libraries  Mobile project Open Access in SA – SciElo  eReaders project Institutional Repositories  One-book-One Library Web 2.0 technologies project Mobile technologies (iBala)  Open Access Seminar, 26 October 2011
    • 23. The Transformation of a Science Librarian A Web 2.0 experience The technological & social librarian
    • 24. The Metamorphosis Life of a Librarian The 80s – The traditional role The 90s – The transitional role The 1st decade of the 21st Century - The growing online access to Information - The implementation of Web 2.0 Technologies - The increase use of Mobile Technologies - The practice of Embedded Librarianship The 2nd decade of the 21st Century - It is all about Embedded Librarianship, Social Media, Mobile Devices & Applications, eReaders & Tablets, Open Access…. Adapting to the changing needs of patrons, make it a necessity for the libraries and librarians to embrace the new technologies.
    • 25. The transitional role of the Modern LibrarianThe Traditional The Web 2.0 Librarian The Mobile Librarian Librarian do: make use of: provides:• Information Retrieval • Blogs • Library services on• Reference Services • Social Networking the GO!• User Education & • Social Bookmarking • Access to Mobile Information Literacy • RSS feeds Library• Collection • Wikis catalogues, websites Development • Instant Messaging , services & resources• Marketing the Library • Mind Maps Services & • Podcasts & Videos • 24/7 access Resources • Widgets • Social Interactions• Liaison with Library via Mobile Web 2.0 Applications stakeholders To ENHANCE her TRADITIONAL role by • Current AwarenessHelps PATRONS within the Library Physical contributing, sharing and wall collaborating with patron To BRIDGE the GAP in
    • 26. UJ Sciences Librarian Web 2.0 Strategy Stage 1: 2007-2008 Stage 2: 2009 (Individual Experiments) (Integration + further experimentation) Created accounts to the following tools: Updated the Wiki Portal (Jan’ 09) - Over 45 web pages- UJ Sciences Librarian Blog (Oct’07) - IM/Chat account: MeeboMe (Feb’09)- UJ Librarian News Blog (Oct’ 07) - Embedded Widgets on the Portal (IM; Blogs;- Delicious: tag articles (Oct’ 07) Twitter; Delicious; Google widgets, etc.)- Flickr account (Nov’ 07) Some more experiments:- YouTube account (Dec’ 07) - iGoogle web profile (Apr’ 09)- Wiki portal (Early’ 08) - Netvibes portal (May’09)- Facebook profile (May’ 08) - Custom Search Engine for the Portal- Second Live account (May’08) - Library Google Maps (Aug’ 09)- Mind Maps (Mid’ 08)- Twitter (Sep’08) Stage 3: 2010 +- Library Thing account (Sep’ 08) It all comes together within the:- UJ Science Library News Blog (Oct’08) - Virtual Learning Environment- Technorati; Snap Shots; Share This; - Embedding Library ServicesScribd, LinkedIn, many more ….. - Mobile Technologies
    • 27. Support to users with the Technological & Social Tools Web 2.0 Applications Adapted from Chua, 2008 Information Information Information Push/Pull Retrieval Exchange Instant Social Blogs RSS feeds Social Messaging Networking -Web pages -ToC Bookmarking - MeeboMe -Facebook -Posts -News - Delicious -Skype -Twitter Wikis -UJ SciencesSubject portals
    • 28. Library News; Library Services; Projects & Initiatives; Trialdatabases; New databases; Publisher’s news and updates; etc.
    • 29. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING & SHARING Implications for Librarians, Researchers and LearnersTagging information resources with keywords has changed the way we store and find information.Use Social Bookmarking & Sharing websites to:- Simplify the distribution of Reference lists, bibliographies, articles; news and other resources among peers and students- Use for Current Awareness and Selective Dissemination of information (articles, news; ToC, websites; blog posts, etc.)- Databases with Social Bookmarking: ACS, RSC, EbscoHost, IOP, etc.
    • 30. Use yourResearchers FB to reach to them
    • 31.!/ujlibscience
    • 32. WIKI: UJ SCIENCES LIBRARIAN PORTALProvide access to:- Sciences Subject Portals- Teaching, Research & Undergraduates Support for Sciences users Aim:- Top Electronic Resources for Sciences Make scientific information- User Education, Guides & Tutorials easily accessible- Virtual Learning Environment: Special Tailored made content websites with instructions for Courses & Assignments One stop to find subject specific information- Social Networking tools: Twitter; IM/Chat; Library & Research News Promote Open Access initiatives (blogs); Social Bookmarking (articles) Integrate Library & Internet- Current Awareness Services Resources
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    • 34.
    • 35. The Transformation of a Science Librarian The Mobile experience
    • 36. The Mobile Academic Librarian provides:• 24/7 Access to the Library catalogue, websites, services & resources• Social Interactions via Mobile Web 2.0 Applications• Current Awareness to Services and Resources• Information Retrieval & Reference Services• eBook Readers on loanAt the PALM of your PATRONS HANDS
    • 37. Why make use of the Web 2.0 Apps on your Mobile? Bridging the GAP in being connected & informed You are the Librarian on the GO! Increase the visibility of the Library & yourself as a librarian You are connected at any time to your Social Network community Use Twitter to tweet or re-tweet from conferences, workshops, while waiting in a queue or just walking Push notifications keeps you up-to-date with the latest news an developments in any area of interest To be able to train and advice your patrons of what they can access on their Mobile Mobile Access to Online books, Locations, Educational Applications, Entertainment, Research; Latest news, Chats, Photo sharing, Google are at the palm of your hand.
    • 38. iPhone Examples
    • 39. QR Code UJ QR Code UJ Sciences LibrarianLibrary Catalogue Portal
    • 40. The Transformation of a Science Librarian The embedded experience “Embedded librarianship takes a librarian out of thecontext of the traditional library and places him/her in an “on-site” setting or situation that enables close coordination and collaboration with researchers or teaching faculty” (Carlson & Kneale, 2011)
    • 41. Embedded Librarianship is about …. (1) a Partnership with your Faculty and StudentsBuild relationships & increase the visibility of the Library Services by: Providing Information literacy instruction away from the Library facility (Lecture hall; Laboratories; Offices or Research facilities) Collaborate with the Faculty members on students’ research projects (Library-Subject based assignments) Make use of Virtual Learning Environment to reach to students in their study space Attend faculty Workshops, Open Lecturers, Seminars, Classes and Practical tutorials
    • 42. Embedded Librarianship is about …. (2) a Partnership with your Faculty and StudentsBuild relationships & increase the visibility of the library services by: Attend Faculty Board and Departmental meetings to learn about the latest on Research & Teaching, and information needs of its members Work together with Faculty to enhance the library presence in all relevant places. Outreach to users by using Social Networking tools to communicate, share and collaborate. Make use of Mobile technologies to connect and provide services to patrons
    • 43. The Embedded UJ Natural Sciences librarian (1)
    • 44. The Embedded UJ Natural Sciences librarian (2) Curriculum Course on Plagiarism: Sciences for Civics 1st year Sciences, October 2011
    • 45. Life Aquatic: the UJ FieldLibrarian, Zanzibar, 18 Oct 2011
    • 46. The Multi Skills & Roles of the Academic Librarian
    • 47. In Conclusion The Academic librarians are challenged on so many levels If we want to stay current we need to adapt to the changing world and the new research environments The library patrons use new tools to find and retrieve information, the librarians should lead the change and not be left behind Skills are learned, change is possible, social & mobile tools can be very helpful and we, the librarians, are still current and competitive THANK YOU