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The Next Frontier: Federal Librarians and Data – Information Today

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Data is a mainstream topic for librarians today. The term “Big Data” is popular at conferences, and academic libraries are increasingly taking a role in managing data produced by researchers. The challenges and opportunities of managing data are impacting librarians in the U.S. federal government. In all kinds of government agencies, librarians are taking on roles that support both researchers within their agencies and public users of the data that the agencies create.

The U.S. federal government has been preparing for these new roles. In 2011, the Library of Congress’ Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) released an updated document on competencies for federal librarians that addresses data. “FLICC Competencies for Federal Librarians” defines the knowledge, skills, and abilities federal librarians need to possess. The document is used to develop job descriptions, train employees, and align the librarian’s role with an agency’s strategic goals. It encourages the development of skills to “interpret, explain, and apply standards for data collection, management, curation, and accessibility.” It also encourages applying those skills in evaluating data management plans.

Full Article Link:  http://www.infotoday.com/it/jan15/Huffine–The-Next-Frontier–Federal-Librarians-and-Data.shtml

 

Richard Huffine is a former federal librarian with 15 years of experience managing library services for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey). Currently, he is a senior director at ProQuest, where he is responsible for developing strategies for its U.S. federal government business. He is a frequent speaker at library conferences and an engaged leader and active voice for government librarians in both the American Library Association (ALA) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

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Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

Full Article: Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age
Source: Pew Research Internet Project

Killer Apps in a Gigabit Age: Themes

  • People’s basic interactions and their ability to ‘be together’ and collaborate will change in the age of vivid telepresence—enabling people to instantly ‘meet face-to-face’ in cyberspace with no travel necessary.
  • Augmented reality will extend people’s sense and understanding of their real-life surroundings and virtual reality will make some spaces, such as gaming worlds and other simulated environments, even more compelling places to hang out.
  • The connection between humans and technology will tighten as machines gather, assess, and display real-time personalized information in an ‘always-on’ environment. This integration will affect many activities—including thinking, the documentation of life events (‘life-logging’), and coordination of daily schedules.
  • Specific economic and social sectors will be especially impacted; health/medicine and education were mentioned often.
  • New digital divides may open as people gain opportunities on different timelines and with different tools.
  • Who knows? ‘I have no idea due to rapid change.’ ‘The best Internet apps are yet to emerge.’ ‘If I knew, I wouldn’t tell you, I would invest in it!’
  • Advances will be gradual for various reasons: Bandwidth is not the issue. The US will lag because a widespread gigabit network is not easily achieved.

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Pew Research Internet Project: Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

Full Article: Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age
Source: Pew Research Internet Project

Killer Apps in a Gigabit Age: Themes

  • People’s basic interactions and their ability to ‘be together’ and collaborate will change in the age of vivid telepresence—enabling people to instantly ‘meet face-to-face’ in cyberspace with no travel necessary.
  • Augmented reality will extend people’s sense and understanding of their real-life surroundings and virtual reality will make some spaces, such as gaming worlds and other simulated environments, even more compelling places to hang out.
  • The connection between humans and technology will tighten as machines gather, assess, and display real-time personalized information in an ‘always-on’ environment. This integration will affect many activities—including thinking, the documentation of life events (‘life-logging’), and coordination of daily schedules.
  • Specific economic and social sectors will be especially impacted; health/medicine and education were mentioned often.
  • New digital divides may open as people gain opportunities on different timelines and with different tools.
  • Who knows? ‘I have no idea due to rapid change.’ ‘The best Internet apps are yet to emerge.’ ‘If I knew, I wouldn’t tell you, I would invest in it!’
  • Advances will be gradual for various reasons: Bandwidth is not the issue. The US will lag because a widespread gigabit network is not easily achieved.

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