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The Technologically Challenged Academic Librarian: What has changed in the provision of information services in the age of social interactions?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org University of Johannesburg, South Africa IAMSLIC Conference 19 October 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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
Top Africa Universities Ranking (Jul 2011)http://www.webometrics.info/top100_continent.asp?cont=africa
South African Research: Subject Areas (2009-2010) http://www.scimagojr.com/aboutus.php
Country Ranking: Research in Aquatic Science (2010)
Country Ranking: Research in Animal Science & Zoology (2010)
University of Johannesburg Faculty of Science & the Department of Zoology
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 http://www.uj.ac.za/•Information and Computer Literacy
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 http://www.uj.ac.za/EN/Faculties/science/Pages/default.aspx
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
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.
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
Where does the UJ Aquatic Researchers Publish? AFRICAN ZOOLOGY (ISI Accredited) AFRICAN JOURNAL OF AQUATIC SCIENCE (ISI Accredited) ECOTOXICOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF THE EARTH SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF SCIENCE (Open Access, ISI Accredited) WATER SA (Open Access, Accredited Journal)
Online Resources for Zoology Researchers http://ujsciencelibrarian.pbwiki.com/Zoology
Online Book Collectionshttp://ujsciencelibrarian.pbworks.com/Online-Books
UJ Zoology Department Institutional Repository: UJDigispacehttp://ujdigispace.uj.ac.za:8080/dspace/
Open Access Science Directoryhttp://atoz.ebsco.com/Titles/8623?lang=en&lang.menu=en&lang.subject=en
the south African libraries The university of Johannesburg library
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 http://www.scielo.org.za/
The Transformation of a Science Librarian A Web 2.0 experience The technological & social librarian
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.
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
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
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
Library News; Library Services; Projects & Initiatives; Trialdatabases; New databases; Publisher’s news and updates; etc. http://ujscienceslibrarynews.wordpress.com/
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. http://delicious.com/sciencelibrarian
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
The Transformation of a Science Librarian The Mobile experience
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
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.
QR Code UJ QR Code UJ Sciences LibrarianLibrary Catalogue Portal
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)
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
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
The Embedded UJ Natural Sciences librarian (1)
The Embedded UJ Natural Sciences librarian (2) Curriculum Course on Plagiarism: Sciences for Civics 1st year Sciences, October 2011
Life Aquatic: the UJ FieldLibrarian, Zanzibar, 18 Oct 2011
The Multi Skills & Roles of the Academic Librarianhttp://www.wordle.net/
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