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August 27, 2008


Dorothea Salo

Bravo, sir. Well said, and thank you for saying it.


Yes, these days our work is definitely shifting towards tools for information management and productivity enhancement. Diligently building up collections still has value, but more as a specialty rather than a core skill of all librarians.

People can get to information--not always efficiently, precisely, or accurately, but they can do it. Our job is to improve that info-seeking process and then to help people make sense of what they find.

With faculty, information management and productivity enhancement is very valuable; with students we have an opportunity to add in concepts of critical evaluation. And not always health sciences students; one of my fun opportunities this summer was teaching high school students smart ways to search Google, how to critically evaluate Wikipedia articles, and good sources of consumer health information.

And let's not forget the currently topical NIH Public Access Policy; I'm one of two librarians speaking to Surgery PI's and admin. assistants about this in just a few hours!


Add this wrinkle to the mix, and it gets more perplexing and even less appealing:


"I’m on the editorial board for this journal and this was news to me; it just showed up in my mail Friday afternoon."


oops. wrong post! sorry!

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