Data Sets Are the New Collection Item

Computational knowledge is all the rage.  The recent WolframAlpha Data Summit was a sellout event as a wide variety of database owners gathered to explore how to generate answers from data that may be just sitting gathering dust.  The range of data under consideration is expanding, including data from movies, UNICEF, and BBC.   The conference, http://www.wolframdatasummit.org/ was by invitation only and interest exceeded capacity.  The community hosts …

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Management Competencies

Information professions and librarians have been identified on the organizational chart as “serving the white spaces.” It is essential to learn to work with and through others to achieve effective and efficient operations of libraries and information services. Professor Blane Dessy sees the process beginning with self-managment. •Management Aptitude •Best Manager/Worst Manager •Working in an …

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What Do Librarians Do These Days? (Part II-Resource & Collection Development)

Resource and collection development competencies start with a foundational understanding of the philosophy of reference service.  This includes the legal and ethical responsibilities by members of the profession relevant to the provision of information. Due to the wide variety of settings where librarians and information professionals may practice, the philosophy also explores an understanding of …

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What Do Librarians Do These Days? (Part I – Professional Identity)

Competencies help explain the very complex answer to “what do librarians do these days?” This is also the package of knowlege, skills, and abilities which I bring to the job. Professional identity is the first of the six areas which library and information science covers.