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Future Ready: e-Initiatives and e-Efforts: Expanding Our Horizons

Future Ready: e-Initiatives and e-Efforts: Expanding Our Horizons

by Marie Kaddell, Washington, DC Chapter, Government Information, Information Technology, Military Libraries Divisions

One of the high points of my year is editing the Best Practices for Government LibrariesBest Practices is a collaborative document that is put out annually on a specific topic of interest to government libraries and includes content submitted by government librarians and community leaders with an interest in government libraries and government information. The 2011 edition includes over 70 articles and other submissions provided by more than 60 contributors including librarians in government agencies, courts, and the military, as well as from professional association leaders and information professionals working outside of government libraries.

Best Practices for Government Libraries
As I put together Best Practices, I am always inspired by the energy, expertise, and forward-thinking perspectives that are showcased in the article submissions I received for the publication. This year, the topic was e-Initiatives and e-Efforts.  I broke down Best Practices into six areas that reflected some of the key trends that surfaced in the submissions:

  • Embracing New Avenues of Communication
  • Adapting To New and Evolving Technologies
  • Altering Our Places and Spaces
  • Tackling Changing Expectations, Resources, and Job Descriptions
  • Preserving What We Have and Preparing for The Future
  • Expanding Horizons

With authors writing on a suite of hot topics that included:  e-books, e-gov, embedded librarianship, library moves, mentoring, research metrics, social media, virtual reference, telework, and even virtual fundraising in Second Life, being future ready takes on all kinds of different dimensions.

Here’s a sampling of articles authored by SLA members:

  • Ten Scary Issues: Future Directions for Military Libraries
    Edwin B. Burgess, Director, Combined Arms Research Library
  • Utilizing Electronic Databases During a Library Relocation
    George Franchois, Director, U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
  • Research Metrics: Measuring the Impact of Research
    James King, Information Architect, NIH Library
  • Embedded Librarianship and E-Initiatives: The Dynamic Duo
    Rachel Kingcade, Chief Reference & CSC Direct Support Librarian, USMC Research
  • Future Ready 365
    Cindy Romaine, SLA President 2011
  • Building a Framework to Embrace the New and Expand Your Horizons
    Bruce Rosenstein, Author, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker‘s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life
  • E-Gov Sites to Go Dark?
    Kim Schultz, Outreach Specialist at the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information, operated by Chugach Federal Solutions, Inc.
  • To Build a Virtual Embedded Information Role, Start at the Top
    Mary Talley, Owner, TalleyPartners, 2011 DC/SLA President
  • Web E-Accessibility to Reach Full E-Audience: “Expanding Our Horizon” to Better Honor Diversity
    Ken Wheaton, Web Services Librarian, Alaska State Court System Law Library
  • Podcasts Get Information Junkies their Fix
    Chris Vestal, Supervisory Patent Researcher with ASRC Management Services, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and DC/SLA‘s 2011 Communication Secretary

If you did not write for this year’s Best Practices, I invite you to submit an article next time around and in the meantime submit a guest post for the Government Info Pro.

Want more Best Practices? View the 2010 Best Practices:  The New Face of Value in PDF version.

Marie Kaddell is the Senior Information Professional Consultant for government at LexisNexis.  She is the Chair of the SLA Division of Government Information. She authors and maintains the  Government Info Pro blog. She compiles and edits the annual Best Practices for Government Libraries. You can follow her on Twitter @libraryfocus.

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