January 25, 2021

Interview with Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian at UC Berkeley

A Q&A style interview with Jeffery MacKie-Mason was posted today on the UC Berkey’s Berkeley News.

Here’s one of questions and answers.

From the Introduction:

A scholar with expertise in online information, public policy and economics, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason started attending meetings on campus last summer and assumed the reins as UC Berkeley’s new university librarian on Oct. 1.

Five months into his new role, MacKie-Mason spoke with Berkeley News about his early impressions of UC Berkeley and the library, and his vision for its future.

Q.Having gotten the lay of the land, what are your top priorities for the library?

MacKie Mason: One priority is to improve and expand the instructional services and support that we provide, basically in the area known these days as “information literacy” or “information fluency.” The digital revolution has made information enormously abundant. Our challenge is how to manage the flood of information — how to find information, evaluate its quality and make use of it. Librarians are trained in that, and provide a lot of instructional support to faculty.

Many campus instructors will have a librarian come in to teach information-literacy skills, to support the research and learning process. We also have our own library classrooms where we teach not-for-credit workshops. We need to expand our instructional services.

Read the Complete Interview

See Also: Video: UC Berkeley’s Incoming University Librarian, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, on Why Privacy is Doomed (September 26, 2015)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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