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Did the social library begin with using social media to promote library content, or was it about networking with peers in different locations? Regardless, the channels increased, the tools proliferated, and social began to take on a whole new form. Social as a means to communicate, create and connect.
Research data just may be the hot topic of 2013. Funding agencies are increasingly requiring that it be shared and accessible, and institutions are challenged to meet those requirements. The material itself can run the gamut from data sets to information about the researchers themselves. Libraries are taking a central role in the archiving, management and reuse of this data.
Librarian authors in this issue describe an information literacy journey they and their organizations are taking, and I know you will recognize yourself in one or more of these articles. From assessing user needs and program establishment to evaluation and introduction of new technologies, there are takeaways here for the most nascent and developed programs.
Britt Mueller, this issue's cover interview, exemplifies advancing her organization's mission. Mueller has an intense focus on the value her team brings to Qualcomm, and they have adapted and thrived by being responsive, innovative and delivering the goods time and again.
In the June 2011 issue of the Library Connect Newsletter, librarians discuss marketing in its diverse forms, from communicating with users and management to imagining new products/services, and evaluating everything - then using the data for planning.
In the November 2010 issue of the Library Connect Newsletter, content innovators discuss how content has changed with the digital revolution, and what tools are available to access the knowledge within this new information ecosystem.