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Training & Becoming a Science Librarian in 2010. Julia Gelfand , UCI STELLA, January 2010. The Science Library of the Future. Recent Books that address issues & trends: Scientific Libraries: Past Developments and Future Changes by Tomas Lidman (2008)

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Training becoming a science librarian in 2010

Training & Becoming a Science Librarian in 2010

Julia Gelfand, UCI

STELLA, January 2010


The science library of the future

The Science Library of the Future

  • Recent Books that address issues & trends:

    • Scientific Libraries: Past Developments and Future Changes by Tomas Lidman (2008)

    • Academic Research Library in a Decade of Change by Reg Carr (2007)

    • Research Library Issues – ARL Special Issue on Liaison Librarian Roles (August 2009)

  • Education Role – Finding, Identifying, Evaluating Information

    • Enhancing Instruction

  • Collection Development & support for information generation

    • Evolution of Scholarly Communication

    • Citation Patterns& Practices

  • Liaison Role – Curating Science & Engineering Data

    • Supporting E-Science Directions – recent webinars, conferences, etc


Academic background what makes a difference

Academic Background: What makes a difference?

  • Pros & Cons of Science Degrees (BS, MS, PhD) – Subject Expertise – asset or liability?

  • Having worked as a “scientist”

  • Having conducted research

  • Engaged in scholarly or scientific writing

  • Value of having the MLS or equivalent

  • Learning on the job

    • Institutional demands & promises

  • Supervisory background

  • Strong technical or systems background – is this being leveraged for more data-focused emphases


Expectations of a science librarian

Expectations of a Science Librarian

  • Conversant with language, vocabulary – science lingo

  • Knows institutional strengths & reputation

  • Aware of trends in the discipline

  • Can offer relevant contemporary applications & technology support if needed

  • Aware of industry practices & standards

  • Familiar with core professional literature

  • Familiar with important scholarly societies

  • Knows the key meetings important to faculty

  • Practices “Learn to Teach” to gain knowledge & grow on the job


Multiple identities

Multiple Identities

  • Librarian vs. Scientist – knowing role within organization

  • Versed in Scientific & Scholarly Communication

  • Understanding different roles of faculty or primary communities being served

    • Researcher: Success in Grant Applications

    • Author: Publishing in competitive organs – citation analysis

    • Instructor: Teaching – UG & Grad levels, supervising Post-Docs


Specialist vs generalist

Specialist vs. Generalist

  • Training one’s colleagues to basic levels – “train the trainer”

  • Aware of interdisciplinary intersections – business, professional, policy, etc.

  • Off-Scale pay for science backgrounds

  • Decline of branch libraries; more integration

  • Preserving specialized bibliography & literature

  • Will science remain unique or become more integrated?

  • Exploring Open Access & Open Source potential

  • Flexibility, versatility, able to live with ambiguity


Potential for new learning

Potential for New Learning

  • Advocating professional development as a librarian & within discipline as relevant

  • Identifying with peers

  • Reading literature – active engagement

  • Attending lectures & programs

  • Managing scope of responsibilities – matching with abilities

  • Ability to teach – emphasis on information literacy, graphicacy, visual literacy, data, etc within subject needs

  • Engaging in new program development ideas


Relevant professional resources

Relevant Professional Resources

  • Issues in Science & Technology Libraries (ISTL)

  • Membership & professional association publications, websites

  • Important listserv announcements & communiques

  • Conference information

  • Trade & industry announcements

  • Webinars & training sources

  • Networking – colleagues – institutional and external

  • Users – faculty, graduate students, etc


Opportunities for professional development

Opportunities for Professional Development

  • Library Associations – SLA, ALA, ELD, MLA, ASIS&T, etc.

  • Scientific Societies – AAAS, ACS, GIS, etc.

  • Honorary Societies – Sigma Xi, etc.

  • Training & Development – IT, specialized software, etc.

  • Campus opportunities

  • Management & Supervisory tracks

  • Compressed global footprint, but international picture

  • Information industry


Training becoming a science librarian in 2010

And….

  • Awareness about:

    • Science Policy

    • New areas – curricular, research, general intersections of specialized interests

    • Technology

    • Understanding data

    • Government strategies

    • Funding Opportunities & Challenges

      • Competitions – government, foundations

      • Overhead taxes – campus, etc


Being evaluated what is fair

Being Evaluated: What is fair?

  • How to treat content component?

    • Faculty input

    • Role of peers

    • Demonstrated evidence

  • Maturation through the ranks

  • Decision-making & judgment

  • Achieving diverse skill sets

  • Showing initiative


Other issues

Other issues?

  • Next Steps?

  • Taking Initiative

    • Working with Library Schools – How?

    • Mentoring opportunities

    • Internships

    • Need for future conferences & topics to explore


Additional resources

Additional Resources

  • ARL eScience Imperative 2009 – recent webinar -http://sas-origin.onstreammedia.com/origin/infiniteconferencing/DatedRecordings/120809/ARL/120809ARL.html

  • Research Data Access and Preservation – ASIS&T Summit, April 2010 – http://www.asis.org/Conferences/IA10/ResearchDataAccessSummit2010


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