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Information specialists of the future: Professional development and renewal

Corrall, Sheila (1995) Information specialists of the future: Professional development and renewal. In: Information Superhighway: The Role of Librarians, Information Scientists and Intermediaries, 24 October 1994 - 27 October 1994, Essen, Germany.

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Abstract

The electronic library and networked information services have prompted a review of the roles and responsibilities of information professionals. The technical demands of the job are expanding and at the same time a wider set of management and business skills will be required as the focus shifts from providing information to facilitating access for end-users. The implications for education and training are significant and continuing professional development has become more important as the pace of change quickens and environmental factors exert pressure on financial, physical, and human resources. Flexible responses will be essential to meet the needs of the 21st century. Some commentators predict the demise of the information professional, others envisage an enhanced role, emphasising the expertise required to assess the cost-effectiveness of different options for information delivery. Survival of the species will depend on competence, commitment, and capacity for change. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes required must be fully understood by all, and both organizations and individuals have to take responsibility for creating a framework for growth. Management development has become a strategic priority for all types of library and information services, and education and training providers need to devise new programmes to develop “Information Superprofessionals” for the Information Superhighway.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Date: 1995
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: 17th International Essen Symposium
Volume: 18
Publisher: Universitätsbibliothek Essen
Place of Publication: Essen, Germany
Page Range: 1 - 11
Event Title: Information Superhighway: The Role of Librarians, Information Scientists and Intermediaries
Event Dates: 24 October 1994 - 27 October 1994
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic, libraries, Information, specialists, Information, technologies, Management, development, Professional, competencies, Staff, training
ISBN: 3-922602-19-3
ISSN: 0931-7503
Editors:
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Helal, Ahmed H.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weiss, Joachim W.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Official URL: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED381176.pdf
Additional Information: Festschrift in honor of Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 15:28
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:59
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/25237

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