Collaborative Librarians

Data don't tell the whole story.

Curation without librarians November 30, 2010

Filed under: Curation — Betsy Rolland @ 8:26 am

It seems everywhere I look, I come across another article on resource curation. Here is one focused on curation of web content: Curation and the Human Web. Take a look at the visualization at the bottom, which links to more stories about web content curation.

This one is more in my realm of interest: No rest for the bio-wikis, a short article discussing the increase in wikis for scientists.

The two common threads between these are (a) the retreat from a belief in the superiority of machines to create collections of resources; and (b) the absence of librarians. It’s as though the concept of curation of resources is completely new, instead of a core skill of a field with centuries of experience. Where are the librarians? Are they inserting themselves into these conversations?


SLA Research Study November 29, 2010

Filed under: Housekeeping,Professional Development,SLA — Betsy Rolland @ 11:09 am

Well. It’s been awhile, but I’m happy to announce that the final report (PDF) of our SLA Research Grant has been published at SLA and the article has been published in Information Outlook. (Note: this is subscriber-only content and still links to last month’s edition.) I am so grateful to all of our participants for opening their lives to us, and I hope readers find the report useful.

I would highly encourage everyone to engage in this kind of professional research, even at a smaller scale. SLA has discontinued their research grant program until further notice, but I really hope they restart it soon. I not only learned a great deal about biomedical librarianship and the direction of research support, I found out that I really loved doing research.

Thanks to my experience with the SLA grant program, I began a PhD program this fall in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. My research will focus on the support and coordination of collaborative biomedical research under the watchful eye of my advisor Dr. Charlotte Lee, an expert in cyberinfrastructure. Professor Lee also directs the Computer Supported Collaboration (CSC) Laboratory.

In the weeks ahead, I hope to comment more on the experience of doing this research project, as well as on what I’m learning in school.¬†Please feel free to leave any feedback on the report or article here in the comments section.



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