Winning Opportunities

In a crowded session called Winning Opportunities for Information Professionals, Rene (yes, I know there should be an accent over the final e in Rene, but even the conference’s badge printer couldn’t handle it; his badge read Ren??) Deplanque from Fiz Chemie Berlin told us about the European Laser Labs project and its reliance on collaborative technologies like wikis and discussion forums. His words of advice included some real gems, including how to get people to accept open access: "Keelhaul them." He also warned that scientists shouldn’t rely on Google because science is too complex and stressed the importance of flexibility. The exchange of information within the Laser Labs project demonstrates a new form of production, publication and distribution.

SLA’s CEO, Janice LaChance, had her own words of wisdom. She said, "You must adapt to the pace of change, not just change itself." Information professionals, according to her, sit at the hub of the organization, at the intersection of information gathering, analysis and decision making. Above all, your values should align with those of your organization. She then advised us to "think like the CEO." What would you do if you were in charge?

Marydee Ojala
Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals

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