New Age, New Role
by Donovan Griffin
As with any technology-driven industry, one of the challenges of working in the information business is that your job duties and professional role can change with the tides of technology development and its legislation. This month, Corilee Christou gives the rundown on what it’s like to be a copyright librarian in 2014 in “What If You Gave a Copyright Workshop and No One Came?” Barbie E. Keiser dives into the Framework for Infor mation Literacy for Higher Educa tion in “Reimagining Information Literacy Competencies,” illustrating the changing roles within higher education. And Jill O’Neill reports on the current balancing act among librarians, publishers, and educators in scholarly publishing.
In “Beyond Borders at SLA” (page 11), Marydee Ojala explores the international scope of the special libraries body, and Emil Levine’s “Libraries in the Digital Age: Qual itative Methods and Altmetrics in Assessments” (page 10) covers a LIDA conference in Croatia, in which the focus was on complementary qualitative methods.
But it’s not just our professional lives that technology upends. Mick O’Leary compares several differing methods for scoring U.S. states based on opportunity on page 16, and Shirley Duglin Kennedy stares into the abyss of Facebook’s under-the-surface manipulations on page 8. And George H. Pike looks into life after death (digital life, at least) in “What to Do With Your Digital Life” on page 18.
Whether your job duties shift into a new area or you find yourself in another information profession entirely, Information Today will be there to cover the issues and events you care about.
— Donovan Griffin