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University of Arizona, School of Information and Library Science Presentation for the 2012 Arizona Library Association Meeting

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  1. 1. Librarians areEverywhere Knowledge is Crucial for Success Bryan Heidorn Director and Associate ProfessorSchool of Information Resources and Library Science
  2. 2. The new information Or not so so professionalSpecial Libraries, Museums, Archives, X libraries,embedded librarians, …Janice Arenofsky, Toughing It Out In a Tight Job Market.American Libraries, Nov/Dec 2012.
  3. 3. The new information professional Librarians and information professionals have always collected and organized information to support individuals and institutions ability to gain useful knowledge In the information society in which we live, this mission is more important than ever Librarians and information professionals are not just in libraries anymore, and those who are have adopted new roles and responsibilities
  4. 4. Peter Barron
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  6. 6. Outside the box: The librarian without the libraryKnowledge managersIntelligence analystRecords managersResearch specialists/associates Working in law firms, advertising agencies, information management consulting firms, news offices, religiousorganizations--anywhere the ability to translate information into knowledge is essential for success.
  7. 7. Librarians are the U.S. Intelligence Community experts in acquiring,researching, exploiting, and managing information sources. The OpenSource Center is seeking Librarian applicants with a passion for innovation,customer service, and library science expertise to join the CIA Library. OurLibrarians play an essential role in the intelligence mission by acquiring,researching, and making accessible the most critical information resourcesthat meet CIA and Intelligence Community information requirements.Librarians also have opportunities to serve as embedded, or forwarddeployed, information experts in CIA offices and select IntelligenceCommunity agencies. The CIA Library maintains strong relationships withthe Library of Congress, other Intelligence Community libraries, selectacademic institutions, and other public and private sector institutions andinformation resource providers.
  8. 8. Beyond Reference and OrganizationLibraries and information professionals, especially thoseworking in new settings, are increasingly involved in:Preparing research reportsGathering competitive intelligenceIdentify research in outside institutions, to avoid duplicationFact-checkingEvaluating information software and data sourcesSearching patents and trademarksTraining other staff to effectively use information
  9. 9. Beyond Reference and Organization (continued)Even in traditional library settings, librarians and otherprofessionals are taking on new roles and tacklingchallenges in new ways.
  10. 10. The many hats of the new public librarianCelebrating diversity and community informaticsEmbracing technology: training and education for 21stcentury literacy, ebooks and digital contentFundraiser: grant writing, marketing, and outreachAdvocate for freedom of expression, balancing IP withrights of users and privacy
  11. 11. The Academic Librarian TodayLicensing and contract negotiationFacilitating scholarly communication and developingrepositories curation – Data Librarian DataCreating digital information productsDesigning courses with facultyEnriching online education
  12. 12. New Information Disciplines• Digital Curator: an expert knowledgeable of and with responsibility for the content of a digital collection(s)• Digital Archivist: an expert competent to appraise, acquire, authenticate, preserve, and provide access to records in digital form• Data Scientists: the information and computer scientists, database and software engineers and programmers, disciplinary experts, expert annotators, and others, who are crucial to the successful management of a digital data collection(Long Long-Lived Digital Data Collections: Enabling Research and Education in the 21st Century, report of the National Science Board, September, 2005)
  13. 13. Library Skills
  14. 14. Where is the data now?• Not in reference collections• Big science and independent science• Varies mandates for sharing• Unsustainable models – Individual researchers – Boutique databases• Most data is from small projects
  15. 15. Does NSF’s Data Follow the Power Law? A w a rd e d A m o u n t 2 0 0 7I do0 0not know but if $ 7 ,0 ,0 0 0$1 = X bytes….. $ 6 ,0 0 0 ,0 0 0 $ 5 ,0 0 0 ,0 0 0 $ 4 ,0 0 0 ,0 0 0 $ 3 ,0 0 0 ,0 0 0 $ 2 ,0 0 0 ,0 0 0 $ 1 ,0 0 0 ,0 0 0 $0 1 586 1171 1756 2341 2926 3511 4096 4681 5266 5851 6436 7021 7606 8191 8776
  16. 16. Library Roles• Life Cycle Phases Data Management – Plan Function – Create Access – Keep Document – Dispose Organize Protect
  17. 17. How to Organize at a higher level?• It is difficult to find what is already known• Clonal specimens may be stored in different museums around the world• DNA analysis may be conducted on one but not the other• Micrographs may be in a database• Taxonomic treatments or revisions may exist
  18. 18. Biological Science Collections (BiSciCol) Tracker Nairobi National Museum Gene Sequence Gene Sequence S1: KNM Living Collection: ? ? GENBANK Missouri Botanical Garden ?? Parasitism ParasitismAgave sisalana S3: MBG ? Scyphophorus acupunctatus Muséum national dhistoire naturelle ? S2: MNHN Determination Determination
  19. 19. Biodiversity Heritage Library
  20. 20. BiSciCol Tracker
  21. 21. Modern Archives and Special CollectionsDigitization and digital collectionsElectronic records managementEmphasis on and celebration of diversityPromotion, outreach, and marketing
  22. 22. Digital culture and cultural heritageThe democratization of curation: Pinterest, Tumblr, Svpply,Reddit, etc.Mass collaboration and distributed authorship: WikipediaIn an era where anyone and everyone is a digital curatoror creator, librarians and information professionals arefaced with the question of documenting new sorts ofcultural products and practices and with educating digitalcitizens about responsible behavior.
  23. 23. SIRLS Masters Specializations Four core coursesAcademic LibrariesPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariesLaw LibrariesSpecial LibrariesJournalism Dual DegreeKnowledge RiverDigital Information (DigIn + certificate)(Working on Museums)
  24. 24. SIRLS Mentor NetworkSIRLS Alumni and Friends ReceptionFriday, 5:30 pmThe Grill at the Legacy Golf Resort6808 S. 32nd StreetLibrary Student Organization Happy HourSaturday, November 10th, 5:30pmPan Asia Restaurant2485 East Baseline Road #157Phoenix, AZ 85042Dec 1: SIRLS Organizing in D2L Space Join Virtually
  25. 25. Questions for the audienceWhat challenges does your organization face?What skills do information professionals and librariansneed to develop?What are some of the big questions facing the professiontoday?