The Internet Archive is well known for its achievement in digitizing large amounts of content and providing free access online. This past weekend, David Streitfeld wrote an article for the New York Times about the Internet Archive entitled, “In a Flood Tide of Digital Data, an Ark Full of Books.” The article, however, did not focus on the Archive’s 15 plus years of contributions to digital collections. Instead, it highlighted digital librarian and founder Brewster Kahle‘s physical collection of books — which he hopes one day reaches 10 million.
We Are Librarians sees Steve Lohr’s recent NY Times article The Age of Big Data as a call to action for librarians. According to Lohr, the “United States needs 140,000 to 190,000 more workers with ‘deep analytical’ expertise and 1.5 million more data-literate managers.” While many companies are signing on for the software required to manage large amounts of data and analytics, the people managing the data and technology are equally if not more important. Last week, Dan Woods wrote an article for Forbes entitled Defining the Art of Big Data Leadership. Implementing and managing a plan requires leaders who have the focus and imagination to progress companies into the age of big data. Librarians are the perfect candidates for these positions.