Librarians beyond mediation
Their multiple roles take on a hybrid quality that demands flexibility, adaptability and special skills. The long-accepted ways of acquiring new content are hard to shake, as is the dated perception of librarians as “curators.” With the inner priority of the ”role” vs., “task” lis professionals have to see themselves not just service-oriented, but mostly value-oriented.
For the proper understanding of the explosive development in the information landscape and its effects on the roles and functions of the modern information professionals, the model developed by Iraset Páez- Urdaneta at the Universidad Simón Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela in 1990s is used.
The progressive lis professionals - eager to learn and adopt the available new technologies and mentally abandoning the library ́s hierarchy, structure and tradition – are challenged in occupying the attractive jobs in today ́s information market.
The paper is exposing some of those professional niches where librarians can enter into the arena of advanced information services, such as, content management, packaging, analyzing and filtering information.
It is emphasized that technology and the management of information and knowledge are not mutually exclusive notions, they are intervowen in modern information services and considered as key professional assets within today ́s professional life. it is only an enabler of these processes.
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This is more than a single document – it is a se- lection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society
The ifla Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our fu- ture information ecosystem:
• trend 1: New Technologies will both expand
and limit who has access to information.
• trend 2: Online Education will democratize
and disrupt global learning.
• trend 3: The boundaries of privacy and data
protection will be redefined.
• trend 4: Hyper-connected societies will listen to
and empower new voices and groups.
• trend 5: The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies it is underlined that technology and the manage- ment of information and knowledge are not mutually exclusive notions, but it is only an
enabler of these processes.
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The ways in which libraries transform are as nuanced and varied as the people they serve. Physical transfor- mations are easy to spot. Transformations in service and scope can be less apparent, but are ever changing.
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