For libraries and the communities they serve, hyperlocal data is rapidly becoming a currency. Every community has folks knocking on library doors with an insatiable hunger for data. In his remarkable blog, The Library Lab Christian Lauersen, director of the Royal Library's Faculty Library of Social Sciences in Copenhagen, Denmark, posted about Data Scientist Training for Librarians (DST4L), an experimental curriculum that evolved at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' John O. Wolbach Library. For both Lauersen and John Pateman, CEO and chief librarian, Thunder Bay Public Library, one of the most powerful responses librarians can have for digital disruption is to mediate between uncontextualized data and the highly specific needs of their community. Data science, in Pateman's view, is beyond a survival tool for libraries. It's the means for libraries to identify the community's greatest value: the keys to prosperity.
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