ACRL Science and Technology Section
The New Crossroads:
Science Librarians in the 21 stCentury
Monday, June 27, 2005
McCormick Place Convention Center, Room N-230
Reception and Poster Session: 11:30 - 12:30
McCormick Place Convention Center, Room N-229
The development of the World Wide Web, rapidly emerging new electronic media, and shifting trends in scholarly communication are challenging 21 stcentury science and technology librarians to be very creative, proactive, and dynamic. They must take on new roles, not only in the ways they provide services to their clientele, but also, establishing partnerships, coalitions, and connections at the personal and organizational levels. The pace of change in the provision of information is escalating with federated searching, development of institutional repositories, and the necessity for sweeping changes in the process of scholarly communication. Science librarians are at a new crossroads - are we ready? Have we developed the right skills and expertise? Will Charles Darwin's theory of "survival of the fittest" work for science librarians? If so, what does the future hold for science and technology librarians?
Speakers and their presentations
Mary Case, University of Illinois at Chicago
New Crossroads: Transitions and Transformations - Science Librarians in the 21 stCentury. An overview of issues and trends in scholarly communication, and their impact on the future role of science librarians.
Mel DeSart, University of Washington at Seattle
Science Librarians in the 21 stCentury: A Cautionary Tale. Tips for helping users who do not visit the library, for proving the relevance of science librarians, and for attracting qualified people to the profession.
Michael Leach, Harvard University
Science Librarians in the 21 stCentury. The future role of science librarians as research, education and digital object experts.
Alison Ricker,Oberlin College
Science Librarians in Liberal Arts Colleges: At a Crossroads or in the Crosshairs? Opportunities and Challenges in the 21 stCentury. Popular and emerging technologies used by NetGens, and methods for incorporating these technologies into libraries.
The following corporate friends provided generous financial funding in support of the ACRL STS program. We are most appreciative of this support.
John Wiley & Sons
Swets Information Service
YBP Library Services
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA)
Last updated: July 27, 2005
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