May 18, 2022

New Article: "Astronomy Librarians – Quo Vadis?"

Title: Astronomy Librarians – Quo Vadis? (8 Pages; PDF)
by Jill Lagerstrom, Uta Grothkopf
To appear in: Future Professional Communication in Astronomy II (FPCA-II) (via

From the Abstract:

“You don’t look like a librarian” is a phrase we often hear in the astronomy department or observatory library. Astronomy librarians are a breed apart, and are taking on new and non-traditional roles as information technology evolves. This talk will explore the future of librarians and librarianship through the lens of the recent talks given at the sixth “Libraries and Information Services in Astronomy” conference held in Pune, India in February 2010. We will explore the librarian’s universe, illustrating how librarians use new technologies to perform such tasks as bibliometrics, how we are re-fashioning our library spaces in an increasingly digital world and how we are confronting the brave new world of open access, to name but a few topics.

Read the Complete Article: Astronomy Librarians – Quo Vadis? (8 Pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.