The transformation of a Science Librarian: a 2.0 experience


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    1. 1. "The transformation of a science librarian: a 2.0 experience"<br />PavlinkaKovatcheva, Sciences Librarian<br />University of Johannesburg, South Africa<br />SLA- PAM Networking Breakfast and Business Meeting, <br />Tuesday,15 June 2010, New Orleans<br />
    2. 2. Presentation Outline<br />Overview of the South African Environment<br />The South African Higher Education System <br />South African Research Environment<br />South African Academic Libraries<br />University of Johannesburg <br />Transformation of a Science Librarian<br />Conclusion<br />
    3. 3. What’s Hot in 2010<br />Overview of the South African Environment<br />
    4. 4. From Apartheid to Democracy<br />South Africa is society in transition <br />Population – 49 320 million <br />11 official languages – IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001)<br />Race/Ethnicity - Black African 79%, White 9.6%, Coloured 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001)<br />Literacy rate - 86% (2003 est.)<br />Many challenges: Poverty; Unemployment (25.2%); Crime; Race & Equity; Devastating impact of HIV and AIDS,<br />
    5. 5. The South African <br />Higher Education System<br />
    6. 6. The South African Education<br />Education gets ~ 20% of total Government expenditure <br />Backlogs left by 40 years Apartheid Bantu education<br />Today - still imbalances in poorer rural areas<br />High illiteracy rate ~ 24% (6-8 million adults over 15 years) <br />
    7. 7. The South African Higher Education<br />2004 started with reforms in the HE<br />Mergers/Incorporation of small universities /technikons into larger institutions<br />From 32 to 23 Public Universities<br />Divided into three type of Universities<br /><ul><li>11 Traditional Universities (Theoretically oriented)
    8. 8. 6 Universities of Technologies (Vocational/Practical)
    9. 9. 6 Comprehensive Universities (Combination of both)</li></ul>Large in student numbers<br />Focus on Research<br />Focus on 1st generation students<br />
    10. 10.
    11. 11. Top Africa Universities Ranking (Jan 2010)<br /><br />
    12. 12. South African Research Environment<br />SA Universities Ranking<br />PAM Research in South Africa<br />
    13. 13. National Research Foundation<br />The NRF provides services to the research community especially at Higher Education Institutions and Science Councils with a view to promote high-level human capital development. <br />National Research Foundation aim:<br />To promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary facilities in order<br />To facilitatethe creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge,<br />and thereby to contribute tothe improvement of the quality of life of all the people of the Republic.<br />
    14. 14. Country Ranking: Physics & Astronomy<br />
    15. 15. SA Physics & Astronomy: Subject categories<br />
    16. 16. Country Ranking: Mathematics<br />
    17. 17. SA Mathematics: Subject categories<br />
    18. 18. Comparison Report: Mathematics<br />Comparison Report: Physics & Astronomy<br />
    19. 19. South African Academic Libraries<br />
    20. 20. SA University Libraries<br />SA Libraries Initiatives<br />SA Libraries Challenges<br />National Consortiums (SANLiC)<br />Library Associations (SAOUG; LIASA; SLIS, etc.)<br />Carnegie Foundations for SA Libraries <br />Open Access in SA – SciElo<br />Institutional Repositories<br />Web 2.0 technologies<br />Mobile technologies<br />Mergers<br />Budget cuts<br />Consortiums (prices)<br />Inadequate infrastructures<br />Information Literacy<br />Computer Literacy<br />Bandwidth<br />Access to Internet<br />Rural vs Urban<br />Cultural diversity<br />Equity <br />Education system<br />
    21. 21. University of Johannesburg<br />Faculty of Science<br />
    22. 22. University of Johannesburg (UJ) <br />University of Johannesburg (2005+)‏<br />Merger of Technikon Witwatersrand, Rand Afrikaans and Vista Universities<br />Over 45,000 students<br />9 Faculties <br />On 4 Campuses<br /><br />
    23. 23. UJ Research Output<br />
    24. 24.
    25. 25. UJ Faculty of Science overview<br />14 Departments‏<br />2 Campuses<br />2009 - 145 permanent & 88 non-permanent academics<br />93% of the Academics are with Masters<br />55% are with Doctorate degrees<br />2009 Student Enrolments<br /><ul><li>Undergraduates 2488
    26. 26. Postgraduates 492</li></ul>64 research-orientated visits abroad (both African and Non-African). <br />18 international and 14 national agreements were made in the research workers’ individual capacities.<br />14 post-doctoral fellows in the Faculty in 2009<br />The number of NRF rated staff in 2009 is 32.<br />Faculty Community involvement<br />
    27. 27. Faculty of Science: Research Profile<br />Accredited/Subsidised Journal <br />Publication units<br />Summary of outputs<br />Total subsidised units: 122.63(18% increase from 2009)<br />ISI journals: 108.29(42% increase from 2008)<br />SA journals: 3.83units<br />Books: 1.5units<br />Proceedings: 9(Based on 50% formula) <br />Postgraduate: 20 PhD & 53 M<br />Postdoctoral Fellows:14<br />Presentations at international conferences: 143<br />Presentations at national conferences:149<br />
    28. 28. UJ Physics Department<br />Research areas:<br />Condense Matter<br />Astrophysics<br />Particle Physics<br />- From 2009 a Masters course in Nuclear Energy<br />- Particles-Solids integration group wiki:<br /><ul><li>The ATLAS experiment (LHC, CERN)</li></li></ul><li>Online Resources for Physics & Astrophysics<br />
    29. 29. Mathematics, Applied Mathematics & Statistics<br />
    30. 30. The Transformation of a Science Librarian<br />A Web 2.0 experience<br />
    31. 31. SUBJECT INFORMATION LIBRARIAN: SERVICES TO USERS<br />Support to Teaching, Learning & Research<br />Provides Information Retrieval & Research Support<br />User Education & Training to users <br />Collection Development, Maintenance & Management of Collections<br />Technology & Service Development<br />Promotion/Marketing of Library Services & Resources<br />Networking with the Academic Departments, Internal & External clients<br />Emerging skills & duties: Web 2.0 developer; Social Software skill; Proactive; Innovate & Collaborate; Empowers Others; Anticipates needs; Provides Solutions; Creating Curriculum content; Teacher/Trainer in the Classroom, etc. <br />
    32. 32. Web 2.0 Explained <br />Web 2.0 Applications<br />Second Generation Web<br />Read-write web<br />Network as a platform: it means building applications that literally get better the more people use them<br />Harvest Collective Intelligence<br />User generated content <br />People are Consumers as well as contributors<br />Promotes sharing & collaboration<br />Customisation of content<br />Focused on communities<br />Blogs<br />Wiki <br /> (tags)<br />Social Networking <br />RSS feeds <br />Podcasting<br />You Tube<br />Instant Messaging <br />Second Life<br />Mind Maps<br />Library Thing & many more…<br />
    33. 33. SCIENCES LIBRARIAN WEB 2.0 WORLD<br />
    34. 34. UJ Sciences Librarian Strategy for Implementation of Web 2.0 tools<br />Stage 1: 2007-2008 <br />(Individual Experiments)<br />Created the following tools: <br />UJ Sciences Librarian Blog (Oct’07)<br />UJ Librarian News Blog (Oct’ 07)<br />Delicious: tag articles (Oct’ 07)<br />Flickr account (Nov’ 07)<br />YouTube account (Dec’ 07)<br />Wiki portal (Early’ 08)<br />Facebook profile (May’ 08) <br />Second Live account (May’08)<br />Mind Maps (Mid’ 08)<br />Twitter (Sep’08)<br />Library Thing account (Sep’ 08)<br />UJ Science Library News Blog (Oct’08)<br />Technorati; Snap Shots; Share This; Scribd, LinkedIn, many more …..<br />Stage 2: 2009 (Integration + further experimentation)<br />Updated the Wiki Portal (Jan’ 09)<br />Created:<br />Over 45 web pages (Jan-Jun’ 09)<br />IM/Chat account: MeeboMe (Feb’09)<br />Embedded Widgets on the Portal (IM; Blogs; Twitter; Delicious; Google widgets, etc.) <br />iGoogle web profile (Apr’ 09)<br />Netvibes portal (May’09)<br />Custom Search Engine for the Portal<br />Google Map (Aug’ 09)<br />Stage 3: 2009-2010<br />Feedback from users & updates according to needs<br />Posters – Glogster<br />Mobile Technologies (library project)<br />More experiments with new tools<br />
    35. 35. BLOGS<br />
    36. 36. UJ Sciences Library News<br />Library News; Library Services; Projects & Initiatives; Trial databases; New databases; Publisher’s news and updates; etc.<br />
    37. 37. UJ Sciences Librarian Research News<br />Sciences Research News; Journals Impact factors; Ranking; Links to articles by UJ Science Researchers; Research resources, etc.<br />
    38. 38. UJ Sciences Librarian Blogs: Widgets<br />
    39. 39. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING <br />& SHARING<br />
    40. 40. Social Bookmarkingis the practice of saving bookmarks to a public website and “tagging” them with keywords<br />Implications for Librarians, Researchers and Learners<br />Use Social Bookmarking & Sharing websites to:<br /><ul><li>Simplify the distribution of Reference lists, bibliographies, articles; news and other resources among peers and students
    41. 41. Use for Current Awareness and Selective Dissemination of information(Articles, News; ToC, Useful websites; Bookmarking blog posts, etc.)
    42. 42. Bookmark information to help with Assignments & Projects
    43. 43. Databases with Social Bookmarking: EbscoHost, IOP Science, etc.</li></li></ul><li><br />
    44. 44. Social Bookmarking: IOP Science<br />
    45. 45. SOCIAL NETWORKING<br />& SHARING<br />
    46. 46. Facebook: UJ Sciences Librarian Hot AlertCreated: Jan 2009, 30 members<br />UJ on Facebook: > 6,300 members<br />Physics - PhD’s, Masters and Academics as friends on Facebook<br />Use Facebook group to:<br />Increase the Library awareness with Undergraduates<br />Meet the “Net Generation” in their environment <br />IM/Chat<br />Post pictures & videos <br />Links to the library resources <br />
    47. 47. Twitter: UJLibScience(<br />Twitter allows people to send and to receive messages in real-time <br />What are you doing?<br />Links to useful websites <br />Raise an Awareness to Library services and resources<br />You can “follow” in order to see what are others saying<br />Follow: Springer; Elsevier; IOP, Other Science Librarians, etc.<br />
    48. 48. INSTANT MESSAGING<br />REAL-TIME CHAT ROOM<br />Chat it: How may I help you?<br />
    49. 49. RSS FEEDS<br />
    50. 50. PODCASTING <br />VIDEOS<br />
    51. 51. WIKI: UJ SCIENCES LIBRARIAN PORTAL<br />Provides access to:<br />Sciences Subject Portals<br />Teaching, Research & Undergraduates Support for Sciences users<br />Top Electronic Resources for Sciences<br />User Education, Guides & Tutorials<br />Virtual Learning Environment: Special websites with instructions for Courses & Assignments<br />Social Networking tools: Twitter; IM/Chat; Library & Research News (blogs); Social Bookmarking (articles), etc.<br />Current Awareness Services<br />Continuously adapting to the needs of diverse user community. <br />Aim:<br />Make scientific information easily accessible<br />Tailor-made content for researchers<br />One stop to subject specific information<br />Integrated Library & Internet Resources<br />Market Library resources & services to clients<br />
    52. 52. Library Portal: One stop service<br />
    53. 53. One stop for users to find links to Top Electronic Resources, Library Services, RSS news & Journal feeds; Podcasts & Videos; Research projects, etc.<br />
    54. 54. Sciences Librarian 2.0: Embedded services to users (1) <br />
    55. 55. Sciences Librarian 2.0: Embedded services to users (2) <br />
    56. 56. Virtual Learning Environment: Interactive Poster<br />
    57. 57. Map it: Top databases per Subject?<br />
    58. 58. Welcome to the Web 3.0One Portal to Library and Internet Resources: User-centered<br />
    59. 59. The “Googlererian”Librarian! How may I Help you?<br />
    60. 60. Social & Professional Engagements with Physics Department<br />
    61. 61. THANK YOUPavlinkaKovatcheva, University of Johannesburg, APK, LICTel.: +27 11 559-2621; E-mail: Sciences Librarian Portal<br />TRADITIONAL “HAPPY” LIBRARIAN<br />TRADITIONAL & VIRTUAL LIBRARIAN<br />
    62. 62. Thanks to SLA-PAM for the honour to be 2010 International Membership award winner<br />Thanks to World Scientific for the sponsorship of this award<br />Thanks to the American Physical Society for sponsoring this session<br />