Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Ask a Librarian

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Ask a Librarian

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Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to comment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Carolyn Sosnowski, information specialist in the Special Libraries Association's (SLA) Information Center, talks about how libraries can get the most out of content they create themselves. The following has been edited for style and length.

Q: As content creation gains popularity, do you think all libraries will eventually have to become publishers as well as collectors? Why or why not?

A: In my opinion, it depends on the type of library you work in, the type of librarian you are, and, most importantly, the needs of the clients you serve. We maintain a small collection [at the Information Center], and the majority of our day is filled with creating various resources for use by the staff here as well as the members. I am doing this type of work through creating blogs and wikis to repurpose existing content, conducting surveys and research, and using everything at my disposal to create additional content and resources. …

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