Sheetal Tank is Chief Librarian at the Atmiya Institute of Technology & Science in Gujarat, India. Atmiya has approximately 5,000 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with a focus on engineering. Most incoming students have never navigated the Internet so they have to start from scratch in terms of digital information literacy. In 2006 Tank initiated a series of information literacy programs and has had 7,000 users participate in the programs since then.

Information literacy involves learning to use the right sources: Chemists look to Reaxys®

Dr. P. Srihari, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology | Oct 23, 2012

The American Libraries Association website describes an information-literate individual as one who can access needed information effectively and efficiently, and evaluate information and its sources critically. With the advent of information technology, new sources are continuously being introduced. Google and similar search engines have been the most prevalent sites for gathering information irrespective of the discipline or user community (schools, colleges, research institutes, etc.).

Empowering best evidence use at the point of care

By Jonathan Koffel, University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library | Oct 24, 2012

In the fall of 2011, the University of Minnesota’s new residency director for Neurology invited me to attend their weekly in-patient rounds. I had attended morning report, journal club, and case conference in other departments, but this would be the first time I was directly involved with patients. I was nervous and unsure of what my role would be, but I had two things working in my favor. First, many of my clinical librarian colleagues had done this and written about their experiences. I read through many articles and watched many presentations as I prepared.

Library Connect is pleased to bring you videos and presentations from a very special library leadership series, featuring librarians who hold executive positions at some of the world’s leading institutions of higher education. Covering a wide range of current library issues, their July 2012 talks included new models of service, reinventing the library, consortial acquisition in the US, the value of eBooks, and engaging university leadership and faculty.

Library Connect would like to thank Jamene Brooks-Kieffer for her thoughtful and comprehensive post below on issues to consider in telecommuting. Jamene is Resource Linking Librarian and Associate Professor at Kansas State University Libraries in Manhattan, Kansas. She telecommutes regularly from her home in Lawrence, Kansas.

Developing a digital library in-house

By Alexander Belov, PNRPU | June 11, 2012

In April 2012 Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU) completed a five-year project to develop an electronic library (EL). The goals of the project were to substantively improve the quality of data support for the educational and scientific-pedagogical activity of our university, and ensure access to academic and methodical literature for students in the extension department and in the distance-learning faculty of educational technologies.

The following stages describe the project’s evolution.

Stage 1 – Staff development for library employees

In a recent survey of librarians*, we asked about IT skills needed within the digital library. Many librarians accommodate functions traditionally associated with IT, which requires considerable time to keep abreast of developments. However, over a third outsource systems management where the highest degree of specialist knowledge is required.

With increased demand for IT knowledge and skills, roughly two-thirds of librarians surveyed have seen some degree of increase in roles such as “e-librarian.”

Preparing for a different kind of disaster: The departure of the electronic resources librarian

By Heidi Zuniga, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | June 11, 2012

Floods, fires, medical emergencies and other perilous situations, although rare, do occur, and most libraries have plans in place to manage them. Employee turnover, on the other hand, happens regularly, yet many libraries are unprepared for the subsequent loss of knowledge, data and information. This may be an especially serious problem when an electronic resources librarian leaves because these librarians possess not only institutional history, but also procedural and technical information that helps keep a library’s electronic resources up and running.

Making the most of MLA 2012

Colleen DeLory, Editor Library Connect Newsletter | June 11, 2012

It was my pleasure and privilege to be able to attend the annual Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Seattle in May. In addition to the many individual tracts, there were excellent plenary sessions that I highlighted in the Library Connect blog and more than 100 librarians attended Glen Campbell’s Publishing Ethics lunch presentation (Campbell is Elsevier’s Executive Vice President, Global Medical Research Journals).