Emerging technologies, the top trend in academic libraries – surprised no one, ever

It will come as no surprise that many of the top trends in academic libraries relate to digital technologies.

According to the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee’s “2012 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries,” Data Curation and Digital Preservation were two of the top ten trends in academic libraries in 2012. Some of the predictions are: cloud-based repositories will become more popular, and librarians and information professionals will play a critical role in designing and implementing strategies for data description, storage, management, and reuse. Digital preservation is becoming more important as research increasingly depends on digital technologies, but we still lack standardized policies. Continue reading


From the perspective of an archivist

From the perspective of an archivist

This week, I read an article titled: “The Archivist’s Perspective: Knowledge and Values.” The archival point of view interests me, since knowing it will help me understand the underlying intellectual foundations of my work as Archivist of the DC/SLA.

At once a comparison of the different perspectives of individuals involved in the life cycle of a record and a defense of the purpose and usefulness of archivists, the article describes very clearly what questions archivists considers in the course of their work. The overall theme in this explication is that archivists see (must see) the broader, wider picture. The context of record creation and use, the formats and regulations of documents, and their life cycle, are all considered by archivists in their work to preserve records and history for the future.

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Fighting, err… working with SharePoint

For the past several months I have been creating, adding, and quality controlling metadata in a SharePoint 2010 document library.* I thought those months had given me some crucial SharePoint skills, and that SharePoint had become relatively intuitive.

There are four kinds of people in the world, according to an Arab proverb (according to Bartleby):

… those who don’t know that they don’t know; those who know that they don’t know; those who don’t know that they know; and those who know that they know.**

Reflecting on my experiences this past week (read on, I get to that shortly), I used to be the first kind of people, and now I feel pretty confident that I’m in the second category.

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Making connections within the international community

ImageFor the past week or two, I have been diligently researching and writing a digital preservation policy for the DC/SLA. By now, I have a much better idea of common elements in digital preservation policies, and a better understanding of all the pieces. While I will post about my latest experiences with this project soon, this week I want to take a break and share a different experience.

I have always an international mindset, and I enjoy connecting with and learning from information professionals in other countries and regions from around the world. Stepping outside my own cultural and professional sphere has so many professional and personal benefits, and I find that I learn a lot from people with different perspectives and backgrounds.

Recently, I connected on Twitter with a group of students and new professionals in Ireland, who write a blog (New Professionals Day Ireland) that helps library and information students and new professionals to build their networks and share experiences. They graciously allowed me to share my experiences as a library student and professional.

Read my story at New Professionals Day Ireland. While you’re there, check out some of the other stories written by new information professionals.