to provide scholarly access to selected relevant information resources, giving high value to the needs and expectations of users.
this mission encompasses all available media and document formats, both physically available and remotely accessed via the WWW
This mission is still pursued but nowadays libraries do more than this
Current Perception of the Library: One side of the Coin
“ The library’s information provider crown is slipping. … today libraries are increasingly viewed as outdated, with modern, Internet-based services, such as Amazon and Google, looking set to inherit the throne”.
Source: Chad & Miller. 2005. Do libraries matter: the rise of Library2.0. http://www.talis.com/downloads/white_papers/DoLibrariesMatter.pdf
Is there a need for Libraries and Librarians in the electronic age?
haunts information management professionals nowadays
many information sources are now available via the WWW.
my answer to this is a big YES. So does many librarians and information specialists in the field
Libraries and librarians are becoming more and more important but there is a need to change
The New Global Library and Information Environment
Geometric increase in the quantity of information
Greater access to a wider range of information sources via the WWW
Increased speed in acquiring and disseminating information
Constantly evolving ITs (hardware and software)
Need for continuous learning for library staff and users
Need for bigger financial investments to avail of electronic resources
From utilizing new technology to automate library functions to utilizing IT for the enhancement of information access
From library networking to wider collaboration with all types of institutions and information professionals, even with politicians.
From acquisition to access, i.e. instead of purchasing information sources, licenses for remote access are paid for.
From lack of concern for intellectual property to ethical and judicious use of copyrighted materials
The New Library Version: Just like Web 2.0, there is also a Library 2.0
Library 2.0 visualizes a “very different library service that operates according to expectations of today’s library users. In this vision, the library makes information available wherever and whenever the user requires it”.
Realizing this vision requires change across a wide range of systems, processes and attitudes.
Educator – trains clients on Internet use : tools , search engines, online databases and catalogs, electronic journals; use of web-based instruction and online tutorials
Innovator/Web Site Designer/Builder/Manager - designs the library’s web page and searches and evaluates information resources to be linked to the site; creates an awareness of library services on the web; in some instances manages the organizational web site
Competencies for Special Librarians of the 21st Century/Submitted to the SLA Board of Directors by theSpecial Committee on Competencies for Special Librarians: Joanne Marshall, Chair; Bill Fisher; Lynda Moulton; and Roberta Piccoli