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, was by invitation only and interest exceeded capacity.  The community hosts …

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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.