Specialized Subject Knowledge: Agriculture

Competency in Specialized Subject Knowledge as defined by FLICC (specifics below) includes creation and modification of resources and delivery methods for specialized audiences. It also includes evaluation, selection and creation of discipline specific metadata bibliographic descriptions, classifications, and taxonomies.

The product that represents this is the Database: Creating a Database for APAC; in that I created a taxonomy from scratch to link published columns with keywords. My knowledge of agricultural practices made it possible for me identify appropriate keywords and link the data. Not only did I create the initial list of keywords, but I applied them to the columns, which required synthesis of ideas within the columns and background knowledge of agriculture to place some ideas in context that were not explicitly stated.

The Video: Science Data Management in the USDA I created to introduce classmates to the SDMC and the USDA absolutely required specialized subject knowledge to adequately conduct the initial interviews and apply sense-making to the other available data. In this case, my specialized knowledge was not only my knowledge of agriculture, but also my SciData training that allowed me to evaluate, modify, select and create resources, and choose a delivery method for my specialized audience: librarians. Here, the audience of librarians were outside the realm of agriculture, and I needed to bridge that gap for them to be able to understand the information.

Competency in Specialized Subject Knowledge:

  • create, modify, and adapt library products, services, and programs for discipline specific culture and information seeking behavior.
  • create, modify, and adapt library products, services, and programs using expertise in specialized subject matter.
  • analyze, interpret, and explain discipline specific research methodologies and citation guides and systems.
  • evaluate, select, and create discipline specific, metadata bibliographic descriptions, classifications, and taxonomies.
  • evaluate, modify, select, and create resources and delivery methods for specialized audiences.

Products: Database: Creating a database for APACVideo: Science Data Management in the USDA