For the next two weeks, the ILN blog is being taken over by the QUT Information Studies Group to explore professional development:
The information profession is the modern librarianship, however, with a more critical role in today’s information society. The information profession follows the same mission as librarianship: helping people connect with information they need. The scale of the mission though is broader today. While in the past, information was published in printed materials and was located on library shelves, today, information is everywhere in many formats and people don’t need to pass through library doors to access it.
Information professionals still do activities of the same nature that traditional librarians did in the past. They still store, organise, retrieve and distribute information, however on a vast scale. And all because of the different nature of information and how people engage with information today!
Information today is digital, flows quickly, and is abundant. It has gone beyond library walls. Today information comes to you without waiting for you to want it. In response to this change, yesterday’s librarians have transformed themselves to take care of this newly shaped information ecosystem. Today information professionals are digital, are more current than ever, and are far more specialized to fit into a range of settings. Information professionals don’t work only in libraries but they actively manage the information spaces in which people immerse themselves in as part of their everyday work and life.
Information professionals are still librarians, but more relevant than ever with an essential role within today’s information society.
With all this in mind, let’s discuss:
- What are the implications of this “sameness” yet “transformation” for professional development of modern librarians?
- If they are to work beyond the walls of libraries, what skills, knowledge and aptitudes do they need?
- What are the commonalities and variations between what they required in the past and what they need today?
- In general, how can professional development of modern librarians be achieved?
– Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi