Catch me if you can: The challenges of becoming a truly mobile, real-time librarian


Dierk Eichel, Student at the Department of Information Science at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam

The Global Semantic Web Librarian
Semantic web makes the information better to understand for computers. This is one of the main topics for the W3C. Linked Open Data (the semantic web done right according to some people) is seen as a way to make the semantic web happen. Open data is linked together to build a cloud, a linked open data cloud. It now mainly contains “entertainment” websites (wikipedia, BBC) but libraries are soon joining in.
We are treated to an image of the semantic web layer cake (a literal layer cake, which was unfortunately already eaten).
Libraries have to participate in this layer cake, and work on proof and trust.

Communities of practice are people that work and learn together. They share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly (Etienne Wenger). This contains a domain (the concern)’ practise and a community.

Within the community there are people who lead, people who learn, people who lurk, and people who link a community to a different community.

More information: the IFLA IT section has a semantic web working group. Also session 149 Libraries and the Semantic web on Sunday.

Diana Müller, University Library Marburg
Internationalization and mobility without Bologna?

The Bologna process aims to internationalize academic education. Therefore it influences also the existing LIS education.
In Germany there are two ways to reach higher library service, through an administrative career path in librarianship which is disengaged from the Bologna service. This path includes traineeships in academic libraries and a post-graduate program at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science. The program is completed through examination which does not lead to a masters degree, but to a title of academic librarian.
The second is the academic masters program in LIS. However, for the higher positions in the library world, mostly people from the administrative path are chosen.

2 thoughts on “Catch me if you can: The challenges of becoming a truly mobile, real-time librarian

  1. I attended the semantic web session of the IT section on Sunday. It was very interesting. As far as I heard there will be a semantic web special interest group soon to be born. Can’t wait to join in.

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