Association of College and Research Libraries
Science and Technology Section
The Future is Here: Changing Realities for Sci-Tech Librarians
Monday, June 28, 1999
8:30 -11:00 am.
8:30 - 8:45 Introduction (Billie Reinhart, Chair STS)
8:45 - 9:00 Presentation of the Oberly Award (Amy S.)
9:00 - 9:35 Dr. Jerry Campbell: Jobs With a Future: Science Librarians Enter a New Century
9:35 -10:00 Douglas Jones: Old, New, Borrowed and "Roux"
10:00 - 10:25 Gail Clement: What's a Nice Science Librarian Like You ...(doing on a project like this)?
10:25 - 10:55 Q&A session with discussion initiators
Rick Johnson, Enterprise Director for SPARC
Dr. Susan Starr, Associate University Librarian, Sciences and Director, Biomedical Library, UCSD
The discussion initiators will open the discussion period by asking a probing question for the panel and the audience. Questions will be directed to the panel and the discussion initiators from the audience. Questions can also be sent in advance of the program to Dawn Talbot.
There will be roving floor moderators to enable questions from the floor to be more easily entertained.
Speakers and Presentations
Dr. Jerry Campbell, Chief Information Officer (CIO), University Librarian and Dean, University Libraries, University of Southern California
"Jobs With a Future: Science Librarians Enter a New Century"
While changing work patterns may threaten some roles, the future for science librarians continues to look bright. Science librarians who are willing to be flexible, creatively mixing traditional and digital resources and exploring new roles, are still in demand. This presentation will examine a few of the new roles that are emerging and suggest how science librarians can be actively involved in shaping a new model for information professionals.
Doug Jones, Science-Engineering Librarian, University of Arizona
"Old, New, Borrowed and Roux"
What is it about the current environment (aka realities) that makes it seem so different from what has gone before? In fact, much remains the same: linking users with information, organizing and providing access to resources, educating users, and advocating for users' needs. However, much is new which requires adjustment at the very least if not significant transformation: technology, especially the Internet; outspoken users who define standards; information as a high-value product; and a rate-of-change which makes many processes and behaviors obsolete.
In this new environment we actively 'borrow' concepts, technology and practices from business and other service professions: risk-taking; partnering with customers, publishers and vendors; focusing on customer needs; and learning continuously. The 'roux' component is learning to mix the old, new and borrowed elements together in a way that not only meets user needs but exceeds their expectations.
"What's a Nice Science Librarian Like You ...(doing on a project like this)?"
The Brave New World of scientific information is prompting Science Librarians to seek collaboration with other "information professionals" -- scientists, data managers, GIS specialists, museum technologists, instructional technology experts, and more. How and why should we initiate such partnerships, and what do we bring to the table to ensure project success? Drawing on 'real-life' anecdotes and practical examples, the presenter will offer strategies and suggestions for Science Librarians entering this 'Brave New World' of sci-tech information. She will also provide a list of 'emerging' sci-tech information terms and topics, and selected resources for learning more.
Conference Program Planning Committee
Cleveland State University, ex-officio
Kansas State University
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Colorado State University
Texas A&M University
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation
University of Connecticut
West Virginia University
Dawn Talbot, co-chair
University of California, San Diego
Lea Wade, co-chair
University of New Orleans
Last updated: April 8, 1999