Reinventing Science Librarianship: Themes from the ARL-CNI Forum Elisabeth Jones, PhD Student, University of Washington Information School, and Research Assistant on e-Science and Cyberinfrastructure, University of Washington Libraries O n October 16–17, 2008, more than 230 science librarians and library directors gathered at the ARL-CNI Fall Forum in Arlington, Virginia, to consider the implications of e-science and e-research for science librarians and the changing nature of their work. The forum, “Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future,” was orchestrated by the ARL E-Science Working Group and brought together panels of scientists, science librarians, and research library directors to address the needs of scientists working in distributed and collaborative networked environments, the priorities for retraining science librarians, and the importance of new directions in library practices. A comprehensive collection of forum resources is available from the ARL Web site and the author’s blog 1 this article focuses on three thematic threads woven throughout the various panels and presentations: 1. The Process of Reinventing Science Librarianship 2. Serving Future Generations of Users 3. The Librarian as Middleware Each of these themes recurred frequently at the forum, and each represents an area of particular relevance for science librarians—and in many cases, for research librarians more generally. For this author, the themes represent the substantive takeaway messages from the forum that should influence libraries’ next steps in responding to the needs of scientific researchers. RLI 262 12 FEBRUARY 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
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