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This is a 4-part series on answering the question, "What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?" by Alina J. Johnson, MSI

This is a 4-part series on answering the question, "What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?" by Alina J. Johnson, MSI

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  • 1. What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age? 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. Outline
    • Definition of an Information Professional
    • Traditional Roles
    • Accreditation
    • The Digital Age
    • New, Improved Roles
    • Information Seeking Behaviors
    • Reassessing User Behaviors
    • Challenging Assumptions
  • 5. Outline
    • Definition of an Information Professional
    • Traditional Roles
    • Accreditation
    • The Digital Age
    • New, Improved Roles
    • Information Seeking Behaviors
    • Reassessing User Behaviors
    • Challenging Assumptions
  • 6. Outline
    • Definition of an Information Professional
    • Traditional Roles
    • Accreditation
    • The Digital Age
    • New, Improved Roles
    • Information Seeking Behaviors
    • Reassessing User Behaviors
    • Challenging Assumptions
  • 7. Outline
    • Definition of an Information Professional
    • Traditional Roles
    • Accreditation
    • The Digital Age
    • New, Improved Roles
    • Information Seeking Behaviors
    • Reassessing User Behaviors
    • Challenging Assumptions
  • 8. Outline
    • Definition of an Information Professional
    • Traditional Roles
    • Accreditation
    • The Digital Age
    • New, Improved Roles
    • Information Seeking Behaviors
    • Reassessing User Behaviors
    • Challenging Assumptions
  • 9. Outline
    • Definition of an Information Professional
    • Traditional Roles
    • Accreditation
    • The Digital Age
    • New, Improved Roles
    • Information Seeking Behaviors
    • Reassessing User Behaviors
    • Challenging Assumptions
  • 10. Definition
    • An information professional is one with the education, training, and experience to strategically search, locate, and find answers to common information dilemmas
    • An information professional can aid another in the search and retrieval of information objects
    • Several professional and trade organizations give various definitions of the what an information professional is and does
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  • 11. Definitions
    • A bevy of definitions abound from a seemingly endless array of alphabet soup from associations, trade groups, and organizations
    • ALA
    • ASIS
    • SCIP
    • AIIP
    • CILIP
    • AITP
  • 12. Traditional Roles
    • In the past, the Professional Librarian was the authoritative source, and contextual and visual metaphor for the information professional
    • Librarian specializations include that of Archivist, Records Manager, Preservationist, Cataloger, Museum Curator, Referencer, Media Specialist, Government Document Specialist, GIS (spatial data), among others
    • In addition to the vast number of specializations within librarianship, there are a number of professional degrees available, notwithstanding the traditional MLIS
    • In short, a Librarian IS an Information Professional, but just one of many types
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  • 13. Accreditation
    • Accreditation is an undertaking that seeks to unify and advance the profession under the conditions set by reputed graduate programs, and meets the criteria for standards bodies and approval to demonstrate quality to both students and the public
    • One reputed organization, the Council of Higher Education Accreditation, lists 60 academic programmatic organizations
    • Of these, the American Library Association (ALA) accredits library and information studies master degree programs in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
    • For instance, the University of Michigan has held ALA-accreditation status continuously since 1925 and was the first of its kind to receive ALA accreditation with all of its unique specializations in 1996
    • In fact, working closely with ALA, the School of Information (SI) gained re-accreditation in March 2008
  • 14. The Digital Age
    • More recently, university and college programs at computer science, engineering, and information schools are filling the void as the role of technology grows in a globalized and digital information society
    • The Age of Information demands that information professionals be more than simply Librarians
    • Librarians are but the first of the information professionals variously known as webmaster, system designer, incentive engineer, usability/interaction designer...
    • ... website designers , social network analyst , web archivis t , i nformation policy analyst s , i nformation architects , knowledge navigator, and information specialis t, a mong others
  • 15. To be continued...
    • Please join me next week, Feb. 22 – 26, 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
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