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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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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Google for Librarians

Dan Martin is the writer of Google Corporation’s Public Policy blog. He visited CUA’s School of Library and Information Science to share “Google for Librarians.” Google upgrades and tests its information indexing on a daily basis. The company mission to create transparency for information, support open formats and to promote democratic goverment is achieved through a multitude of iniatives.