Trip Report:Workshop When librarians rule the world

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When librarians rule the world: the skills and tools we need to thrive in a Web 2.0 world[edit]

Workshop mit Mary Ellen Bates, 29 february 2008, Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin


The workshop was organised by Initiative Fortbildung für wissenschaftliche Spezialbibliotheken und verwandte Einrichtungen e.V.. According to the Program it was to cover these subjects:

  • How to find and use the hidden and undocumented features of the top search engines
  • The lesser-known and special-purpose search engines
  • How to build custom search engines that focus exclusively on your key areas of interest
  • Web 2.0 and what it means for the information profession
  • What we need to do after logging off – how to add value and deliver information solutions to knowledge workers

Participants from MPG[edit]

  • Urte Brauckmann, MPI for the History of Science, Berlin
  • Anke Bruns, MPDL
  • Dr. Susanne Schaper, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg

General impression[edit]

Mary Ellen Bates is an experienced information professional and a skilled speaker. Although her focus is not (only) on scientific information research quite a few of her tips might be useful for scientific librarians and scientists. Unfortunately her presentation was only available on paper so we wrote a rather lengthy report (see below).

Links and further information[edit]


Summary of the Workshop (pdf)