from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who gathers, analyzes, interprets and uses information. This can be used as a job title.
- n. One who practices informationism.
Now, not that I'm going to get back on my "informationist" rant, or how we need to start thinking about information like money, but -- hey -- these are some pretty incredible gaps around some pretty important topics, like "what do my customers want" and "what risks am I exposed to
I asked a tourist informationist in Himeji-eki if there were any love hotels nearby.
Claire Twose, the informationist who deals primarily with the departments housed in the schools of public health and basic sciences at Johns Hopkins, says that being on the ground with researchers - sharing spaces, attending meetings, casually bumping into them in the hallway - allows librarians to develop a better understanding of what the researchers need, while the researchers learn more about what sorts of assistance the erstwhile librarians can offer.
Schonfeld points to the example of Purdue University, which runs a program similar to the informationist model at the undergraduate level.
Even though Roderer says vacating the physical building and its associated cost should theoretically free up library funds to invest in the informationist model and elsewhere, she says her deans often point out that the medical school still has to worry about paying to maintain the building, and not only that, but repurposing it - which could be somewhat expensive, given how much of it is stacks.
The idea behind the embedded-informationist program is that researchers benefit from on-site access not only to the library's digital resources, but its human resources as well.
Clearly, informationist thinking will be an essential part of learning to cope and thrive with the coming wave of GRC discussions.