“A Personal Information Adviser”. A new librarian’s role in the network society

Kisilowska, Malgorzata and Przastek-Samokowa, Maria “A Personal Information Adviser”. A new librarian’s role in the network society., 2008 . In 17th annual BOBCATSSS symposium (Bobcatsss 2009), Porto (Portugal), 28-30 January 2009. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]


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The authors discuss a new librarian’s role (in particular public librarians) in a network society, regarding individualisation of other services offered to the public. There are several topics which have been described recently, and make a prerequisites for such a proposal, like: individualisation as a general trend of social life and economy, individualisation of electronic information services for selected users’ groups, intensification of activities concerning information literacy. The proposal is based on a literature review (mostly referred to the new trends in library and information science), as well as discussion (including SWOT analysis) with the BA students during an “Information Users” course. The role of a Personal Information Adviser (PIA) arises from a need of information in all different fields of human activity. A PIA does not always have to answer any question, but he/she shall either indicate/ select adequate information sources, or teach a method of information searching, i.e. develop information literacy skills in a selected area. Proposed new role of public librarians can be perceived as a way of adapting professional tasks to changes being realized in a modern society, with positive influence in particular in regard of professional image, indispensability, competencies, and attitude.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: information assistant, information user, professional identity, public librarian
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JZ. None of these, but in this section.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: 2009 Bobcatsss
Date deposited: 04 Apr 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:14
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/12919


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