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The Curator May 23 2018 issue

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The Curator: May 23, 2018
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Doctors, lawyers, librarians—these professions used to require general knowledge within narrow fields. Today, it’s the other way around. Knowledge seems to be getting narrower as the fields expand and become more dynamic and complex.

It’s the end of May and new LIS grads will be entering the workplace. They may find fewer jobs as generalists, yet new specialist roles in different settings are out there and growing. LAC Group encourages grads to be open to all opportunities and wishes them well in all their professional endeavors!

Check out current openings on the LibGig job board →

If it’s 2018 it must be Baltimore, because both SLA and AALL have chosen the city for their annual summer conferences. If you’re going to one or both, please stop by the LAC booth and say hello!

SLA (Special Libraries Association) June 11-13 Theme: B-more

Visit our booth #336 to learn more about what we do and about career paths and professional development with LAC Group. We have goodies to share, including the chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards. Hope to see you there! >SLA conference event information →

AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) July 14-17 Theme: From Knowledge to Action AALL conference event information →

We couldn’t begin to quantify how much data and content is generated every day within the US government—not to mention historical information going back to the 18th century! But these three articles on regulations, data management challenges and downsizing agency libraries present a snapshot of information management trends in government and other industries too.

Moving and rightsizing the NSF library →

Data management for federal agencies →

Revised Section 508 requirements for digital information →

Knowledge and information leadership, that is, with John’s monthly collection of curated reads on topics that matter to librarians and researchers. Learn about leaders in technology, KM, online access to state courts and more.

Leadership in the world of information →

Good CI (competitive intelligence) starts with the basic building blocks of competitor profiles, and this article presents those key components.

The makings of a good competitor profile →

Big digital files have created new challenges in getting them where you want them, quickly and keeping the content intact. Learn about one high-speed file transfer technology—IBM’s Aspera—and their Fast and Secure Protocol or FASP.

Aspera’s digital file transfer technology →

Let us know which new technologies you need to know more about.

The latest from LAC employees

Danny Kuchuck once again made the trek from southern California to upstate New York to the 4th Nitrate Picture Show, sponsored by George Eastman Museum. He shares his findings, including a film fault built into the side of a mountain, efforts to demystify nitrate and a whole bunch of great vintage movies from around the world, including the former Soviet Union.

Rogue Russian movie and other nitrate surprises →

Eleanor Windsor of our UK team attended the KM Summit 2018 in London. This annual event, sponsored by ARK Group, is one of the leading events on knowledge management. We’ll feature her findings on our blog in June.

KM Legal 2018 and Knowledge Management 2018 →

Robyn Rebollo and Nicole Dupras discussed search algorithms at the May 8 meeting of the SLA-NY Professional Development and Diversity Committee. The program was focused on AI-enabled research tools in law firms.

Adoption of AI Enabled Research Tools and How the New Technology Will Affect the Role of the Information Professional →

Logan Tapscott attended a session on negotiating tips from librarians and vendors, hosted by the SLA Maryland Chapter. We’ll be sure to share those tips and more in a future article.

Columbia Journalism Review writes that in the era of digital journalism, the public record is disappearing. While news is essential to a free democracy, news has become a business, and business isn’t interested in archiving. But maybe that’s changing, when a product manager at Google agrees that machine-driven curation distorts the public record and that “there have to be living humans involved somewhere.”

Digital journalism’s disappearing public record, and what to do about it →

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