Part 3: "What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?"

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This third part in the series seeks to answer the question, "What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?"

This third part in the series seeks to answer the question, "What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?"

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  • 1. What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age? (Part 3 of 4) Alina J. Johnson, MSI (c) 2010
  • 2. Outline
    • Definition of an Information Professional
    • Traditional Roles
    • Accreditation
    • The Digital Age
    • New, Improved Roles
    • Information Seeking Behaviors
    • Reassessing User Behaviors
    • Challenging Assumptions
  • 3. Outline
    • Definition of an Information Professional
    • Traditional Roles
    • Accreditation
    • The Digital Age
    • New, Improved Roles
    • Information Seeking Behaviors
    • Reassessing User Behaviors
    • Challenging Assumptions
  • 4. The Digital Age Traditional roles have given way to a NEW VISION for the 21 st century and how we manage (view, organize, search, retrieve, locate, preserve, archive, store, collect, research, develop, disseminate, apply, and analyze) information in print and electronic formats using the Internet, books, databases, catalogs, information systems, and people to solve information problems
  • 5. Traditional Roles
    • Special Librarians, i.e. law, music, medicine, art, and others
    • Technical Services Librarians
    • Preservationist Librarians
    • School Library Media Specialists
    • Public Librarians
    • Academic Librarians
    • Reference Desk Librarians
    • Government Document Librarians
    • Archivist Librarians
    • Non-profit Librarians
    • Manager, Information Services
    • GIS/Spatial Librarians
    • Cataloger
  • 6. New, Improved Roles for Information Professionals (Non-traditional Roles)
    • Archives and Records Managers
    • Community Informatics
    • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
    • Information Preservationists
    • Information Technologists
    • Computer Technologists
    • Technical Support/Helpdesk
    • Computer Scientists
    • Information Scientists
    • Information Policy Specialists
    • Information and Retrieval Analysts
    • Knowledge Managers
    • Information Managers
    • Compliance Specialists
    • ...and Librarians
  • 7. The Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Real World
    • According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) under the U.S. Dept. of Labor, a Librarian is an Information Professional
    • An Information Professional can perform many duties, one of which is Librarian
    • Traditional duties of Librarians are involved with various tasks involving quickly changing technology: user services, technical services, and administrative services – BLS
    • An Information Professional is necessarily involved with many aspects of changing technologies including catalogs, databases, systems, indexes, software, Internet, social networking, and print/electronic resources
    • Librarians are typically classified according to the type of library in which they work or special populations they serve - BLS
    • The Bureau of Labor Statistics site mentions the MLIS degree, but not the other 15 iterations of ALA-accredited programs
  • 8. The Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Real World
    • Information professionals work in a variety of contexts and organizations... not only libraries, but in public service, and at all types of organizations
  • 9. Federal Classification and Job Grading Systems
    • An old system exists at the federal level
    • The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) currently lists just five series within the 1400 Library and Archives Group:
      • 1410 Librarian Series
      • 1411 Librarian Technician Series
      • 1412 Technical Information Series
      • 1420 Archivist Series
      • 1421 Archivist Technician Series
  • 10. BLS and OPM Confusion
    • Computer Scientist
    • Computer and Information Scientist
    • Library and Archives Group
    • Information and Arts Group
    • Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance Group
    • ...there are many distinctions within groups, series, and occupations listed, adding to the confusion
  • 11. Why the confusion?
    • Information degrees are offered in Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology-based programs, schools, and universities
    • Some programs are accredited while others are not
    • There is distinction among professional as to the nature of Information work in the field
    • BLS and OPM distinguish between “computer” and “information” among series, groups, and professional occupations
  • 12. Reference
    • http://www.opm.gov/fedclass/html/gsseries.asp#1400
    • http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos068.htm
    • http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/education/
    • accreditedprograms/standards/standards_2008.pdf
    • http://www.sla.org/PDFs/Competencies2003_finallocked.pdf
    • http://www.abet.org
    • http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm#life
  • 13. To be continued...
    • Please join me the week of 22 March 2010 for more information in “ What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?”
    • Contact Alina J. Johnson
    • [email_address]
    • www.linkedin.com/in/alinajjohnson
    • www.umich.edu/~alinaj
    (c) 2010 Alina J. Johnson- All Rights Reserved