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David Stern Takes The Helm at Haworth's Science & Technology Libraries

:: David Stern, Director of Yale University Science Libraries, will become the new editor of Science & Technology Libraries, effective with the v27 2006 issue. As David is not only a trusted colleague but a great friend, I wish him the best as he takes on this new challenge. The journal will be in good hands. On various discussion groups today, David writes:

Julie Hurd will be stepping down after many years of excellent service to the community, and I will become the new editor of Science & Technology Libraries effective with vol. 27 (2006).

As with any journal editor, I depend upon authors for timely content, and perhaps authors serving as guest editors for special theme issues. At this time the journal is seeking submissions for future issues, so please consider contributing an article yourself and encourage your colleagues to consider publishing information about interesting projects and concepts. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss a possible article idea in greater detail.

Below I outline some ideas for a revised STL, including a few possible special theme topics. As you review my thoughts below on possible future topics, please let me know if you are interested in contributing your novel ideas, techniques, tricks, tips, or insights to our profession.

I anticipate the following sections in future issues:

  1. News of Note: This will be a one-page column created at deadline providing the latest news in our areas.
  2. Visions & Directions: This will be a column written by rotating editorial board members on current topics. Each column will provide a position statement, and will be followed by continued discussion on our soon-to-be-released weblog or wiki.
  3. Research papers, and/or case studies with implications.
  4. Tools Watch: This section will review books, articles, databases, and web entities. It will highlight significant new tools in relation to science and technology public services, collection development and management, and metadata concerns.
  5. SCI-5 will continue to highlight trends and tools.

In terms of "special theme issues", some initial ideas for topics might be:

  • Competencies: general overview, in-depth areas (e.g. colln dev, ref, instruc, fac liaison, etc), subject specialists (behaviors, best tools, strategies, knowledgebases, networks)
  • History of science: (preservation of published, unpublished and raw data archives, maintaining local research knowledgebase contents, integration of historic documents into normal library resources)
  • Collaborations: (consortia, beyond libraries - museums, vendors, IT, authors)
  • Changing user expectations: new and altered services and facilities in relation to changes ; and the resulting changes to job descriptions and the roles of library staff
  • Agents/vendors: (outsourcing of traditional in-house tasks; the dangers and opportunities for journal subscription agents; free Google Scholar indexing and the future of commercial A&I services )
  • Metadata: (GIS, normalization of indexes for cross-database searching, enhanced harvesting vs. federated searching -- pros/con, MARC vs other standards)
  • Generalists vs. subject specialist librarians: (how do the needs and requirements change given the new remote access, virtual assistance, and tech support issues).
  • Collection Development Concerns in the Digital World: agents, pricing, new staff positions, new software
If you are considering a submission, at http://haworthpress.com/autheditor/packet/ you will find documents (including templates) for authors' use. These allow an author to create a manuscript formatted according to press style using a template that may be downloaded.

Thanks for listening; and I hope to interact with all of you in some capacity in the future.


David Stern
Director of Science Libraries and Information Services
Kline Science Library
219 Prospect Street
P.O. Box 208111
New Haven, CT 06520-8111

phone: 203 432-3447
fax: 203 432-3441
email: david.e.stern AT yale.edu

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