A long overdue bundle of pointers to conference proceedings.
* The presentations for the ICSTI workshop on e-Science are available, they are linked under the speaker name within each session.
Since I know you lot are always keen to get info about what Google is up to, here's a presentation by John L. Needham, Google Strategic Partner Development Manager
* The presentations from the 8th International Bielefeld Conference - Academic Library and Information Services: New Paradigms for the Digital Age are available
To continue in the corporate vein, here's a presentation by Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President of Technical Computing, Microsoft
E-Science and its Implications for the Library Community (PowerPoint)
* If you thought I was a radical, here are some statements to get people thinking before the Taiga Forum (info via Lorcan Dempsey)
Please note: their words, not mine. Don't get mad at me!
Taiga Forum Provocative Statements
March 10, 2006
All statements are prefaced by “Within the next five years…”
1. traditional library organizational structures will no longer be functional. Reference and catalog librarians as we know them today will no longer exist. Technical services and public services will have merged into a new group called “consulting [something]”. Public services and instructional technology, wherever it exists, will have merged or will no longer exist.
2. libraries will have reduced the physical footprint of the physical collection within the library proper by at least 50 percent. Support services see similar reductions and these changes impact the national libraries as well (they are probably merged).
3. the majority of reference questions will be answered through Google Answer or something like it. There will no longer be reference desks or reference offices in the library. Instead, public services staff offices will be located outside the physical library. Metasearching will render reference librarians obsolete.
4. all information discovery will begin at Google, including discovery of library resources. The continuing disaggregation of content from its original container will cause a revolution in resource discovery.
Sheesh, and people thought "is the research library obsolete" was provocative.
The presentations are up at
I found some good information and references in
* But wait, there's more! Via my Technorati Faves, specifically ACRLog Change, Change, and More Change: LTF [Living the Future] Proceedings Now Online
Here's one I liked
Disruptive Innovation and Academic Libraries (PowerPoint)
Seven possible new roles are listed, courtesy of Jerry Campell:
- 1.Providing Quality Learning Spaces
- 2.Creating Metadata
- 3.Offering Virtual Reference Services
- 4.Teaching Information Literacy
- 5.Choosing Resources and Managing Licenses
- 6.Collecting and Digitizing Archival Materials
- 7.Maintaining Digital Repositories
In my opinion, e-Science activities, particularly around the storage, management and identification of data and computer code, are also essential roles, ideally as an integrated part of the scholarly communication workflow.
February 15, 2006 roles and challenges for the academic library in e-Science
January 03, 2006 ICSTI winter 2006 workshop - information and data in e-science