Conclusion
Closing speaker Clifford Lynch reminded the audience that what began only a
few years ago as a more limited discussion of science data curation has
expanded to include the reuse of data, data
management skills, cyberinfrastructure planning,
interinstitutional collaboration, incorporation of
smaller-scale e-science activities, and discussions of
values and policies. Rather than imagine that
science librarians will have to become experts in
each of these areas, however, Lynch contended that
many individuals may become proficient at one or
two of these newly valuable skills.
The speakers and panelists outlined an array of
perspectives and issues that could redefine the roles
of science libraries and librarianship, and
emphasized the potentially enormous benefits of
librarians becoming more familiar and engaged with the new and evolving
practices of scientists and researchers. In the near future, however, librarians’
support for e-science will most likely be defined by their “middleware” role. By
forming a bridge between and among researchers, systems, and data, librarians
have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to advancement in
science, e-scholarship, and research in general.
1
Forum resources, including speaker biographies, presentation slides
and audio of their remarks, are available on the ARL Web site,
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/fallforumproceedings/forum08proceedings.shtml.
Detailed notes on the forum’s presentations and discussion are available on the author’s blog,
http://elisabethjones.wordpress.com/category/escience/.
2
To encourage learning from the experiences of others, 15 libraries contributed 14 posters for display at the
forum showcasing their organizations’ work in science librarianship. The forum proceedings include a
document describing the contributed posters in three categories: Tools, Programs and Services, and
Organizational Models, http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ff08posters.pdf.
© 2009 Elisabeth Jones
This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0
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To cite this article: Elisabeth Jones. “Reinventing Science Librarianship: Themes from the ARL-
CNI Forum.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 262
(February 2009): 12–17. http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/.
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Listen to Clifford Lynch on the expanding roles
of science librarians (2:02 MP3)
http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/lynchexcerpt.mp3
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