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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
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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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