SLA 2011: Government Information Professionals Now and into the Future

The SLA Division of Government Information had their annual business meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, featuring special guest speaker: Blane Dessy, Federal Library and Information Center Committee.

Blane Dessy

Here are a few takeaways from the program:

  • Government information professionals often find themselves in an invisible role in their agencies, in interagency groups and task forces, in many professional associations, and in the literature. How can government librarians work to change that?
  • Think about federal libraries as a larger federal information enterprise.
  • Things to consider in government settings:
    • strategic content management and stakeholder engagement
    • strategic knowledge assets — identification and digitization of internally created content/digital preservation
    • performance measurement
    • increased usage of new technologies including mobile devices and social media
    • social media within the organization (versus outward-facing)
    • less formal interactions/collaborative approaches
    • technological innovations and how they impact user expectation and experience

Here are the slides from the presentation: Government Information Professionals Now and into the Future.

You can read more about the topic from Blane Dessy in the soon to be released 2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries, which will be available on the right sidebar here on the Government Info Pro.

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