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A g r e e m e n t s u p p l e m e n t s 197 ConClusion There is power in librarianship. Yet this power, as it is called on in wider and wider contexts, can become diffuse. The solution is not to avoid such contexts but rather to armor ourselves with the company of experts. By working with the scientist, the writer, the technologist, and the community leader, we amplify our effect and help forward the mission. Further, by engaging and valuing our brothers in the common good, we better serve our members. To stand in this company of experts, we must have a firm belief in our own value. ConversAtion stArters 1. Librarians need to be able to work in interdisciplinary teams because the community problems they are seeking to solve are increasingly complex and multifaceted. 2. Librarians can play the key role of facilitators in these teams because of their focus on core skills and values. relAteD ArtiFACts Documents Lankes, R. D. (Forthcoming). Innovators wanted: No experience necessary? In Walter, S., Coleman, V., & Williams, K. (Eds.), The expert library: Staffing, sustaining, and advancing the academic library in the 21st century. Chicago, IL: Association of College & Research Libraries. Lankes, R. D., Cogburn, D., Oakleaf, M., & Stanton, J. (2008). Cyberinfrastructure facilitators: New approaches to information professionals for e-Research. Oxford e-Research Conference. Retrieved from http://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:392876bd5d9f -40b0-822f-269332643e6b. Presentations “Cyberinfrastructure Facilitators: New Approaches to Information Professionals for E-Research” Oxford e-Research’08 Conference, Oxford, UK. Abstract: This paper introduces the concept of a CI Facilitator defined as a vital member of the research enterprise who works closely with researchers to identify extant tools, datasets, and other resources that can be integrated into the process of pursuing a research objective. To prepare CI Facilitators to evolve with e-Research endeavors, they must be grounded in deep conceptual frameworks that do not go out of date as quickly as any given cyberinfrastructure technology. One such framework, that of participatory librarianship, is presented here and explored in terms of tackling the issue of massive-scale data in research. Participatory librarianship is grounded in conversation theory and seeks to organize information as a knowledge process rather than as discreet objects in some taxonomy. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2008/Oxford.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2008/Oxford.mp3 Video: http://ptbed.org/downloads/Oxford-Record.mp4 ACADemiC mAp loCAtion D, 5 threAD loCAtion Page 101 sCApe Academic Issues of Institutional Repositories deals with such as Different Communities Librarians Serve Author R. David Lankes Agreement DesCription Academic libraries have been steadily migrating from warehousing artifacts to being more directly integrated into the educational missions of colleges and universities. This can be seen in the push of services to the desktop of students and faculty. This began with a massive increase in the expenditures on full-text databases. This made the artifacts of the library more accessible outside of the physical facility. This was later matched by the wide availability of digital reference services to make the librarians also accessible from the academies’ desktops (and laptops and increasingly mobile phones). Academic libraries are also working hard to retask their physical spaces. They are moving collections offsite in favor of more meeting and commons space. This transition has been met by quite a bit of resistance from some faculty and academic disciplines, most notably the humanities. Figure 85 198 A g r e e m e n t s u p p l e m e n t s Academic libraries are, however, well situated for their next step of evolution to conversations and new librarianship. The ideas of knowledge, conversation, and learning are far from new in this arena. Joan Bechtel said1 : That these are challenging, often difficult, times for academic libraries is no news to anyone in the library world. Concern for professionalism, with its attention to accountability and responsibility , abounds. Unprecedented growth in technology provides vast new opportunities for communication, and the availability of information far outstrips most people’s capacity to digest it all. In the face of this information explosion, it is ironic that academic librarians are casting about for an appropriate myth or model for library service. . . . While critics charge that academic libraries are not sufficiently integrated into the central concerns of the college or university and that librarians have their own, independent agendas, librarians responsible for present services as...


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