Posted by: leish79 | March 9, 2013

What are the implications of the changing information and library landscape for the broader information profession?

The concept of a library acting as a storehouse to archive and hold important documents (Frey, n.d.) has changed over time. The role of a librarian will continue to evolve whilst technology advances and librarians will need to embrace these changes in order to move forward with the advancements of technology. The realm of the Internet and Google has brought with it a sense that finding information is easy and uncomplicated. However the web graphic provided for review demonstrates the complexity of the storage of information within the virtual world and clearly identifies that the wealth of knowledge available to the average consumer is the tip of the iceberg. This then leads the way for the librarian to be a leader of change, not just within schools, but within wider society. It also highlights the importance for librarians to embrace technology and imbed this into their practice so that they may then facilitate change within their immediate sphere of influence.
Frey (n.d.) states, “As we achieve the ability to conduct more and more complicated searches, the role of the librarian to assist in finding this kind of information also becomes more and more important.” When looked at in this context, the role of the librarian would remain essentially unchanged, that is, the role requires someone skilled in finding the information needed by the child or patron, however the way the information is sought will change as technology advances. With this in mind libraries need to “embrace new information technologies” (Frey n.d.) and librarians need to increase their expertise of technology. Technology assists in engaging students in the process of learning and whilst the continual advancements change the tools a librarian utilises the necessity of a professional to assist with how to find information will remain unchanged.
The advancement in technology and the embracement of these advances by the librarian will widen the scope for ways in which librarians can assist their students/patrons which is an exciting prospect. Already students are able to interact with teachers via smart boards in a way that was impossible when I was a young student and the possibilities into the future are something to be hopeful of. The challenge for the teacher librarian lies in how to impart this knowledge in a manner which is conducive to not only increasing the knowledge base of his/her students but also assisting the students to develop the skills needed with which to locate and share the information they require (Hamilton, 2011, p. 35).

References
Frey, T. (n.d.). “The Future of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation.” davinciinstitute. Retrieved March 2, 2013, from http://www.davinciinstitute.com/papers/the-future-of-libraries/
Hamilton, B. (2011). The school librarian as teacher: What kind of teacher are you? Knowledge Quest, 39(5), 34-40.

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