Subject Area

Library science


The roles of library and information professionals must change and evolve to: 1. accommodate needs of tech-savvy patrons; 2. thrive in the Commons & Library 2.0; 3. provide integrated, just-in-time services; 4. constantly update and enhance technology; 5. design appropriate library spaces for research and productivity; 6.adapt to new models of scholarly communication and publication, especially: the Open Archives Initiative and digital repositories; 7. remain abreast of national and interanational academic and legislative initiatives affecting the provision of information services and resources.

Professionals will need to collaborate in: 1. Formal & informal networks – regional, national, and international; and; 2. Library staff development initiatives – regional, national, international

Professionals will need to use libraries as laboratories for ongoing, lifelong training and education of patrons and of all library staff ("internal patrons"): the library is the "framework" in which Information Research Literacy is the "curriculum". Professionals will need to remain aware of trends and challenges in their regions, the EU, the US and North America, of models which might provide inspiration and support: 1. Top Technology Trends; 2. New paradigms of professionalism; 3. Knowledge-creation and knowledge consumption; 4. The shifting balance of the physical library with the virtual-digital library


May 2007









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Paper presented at inFORUM 2007, the 13th Conference on Professional Information Resources, Prauge, Czech Republic, May 22-25, 2007. For more information on the presentation go to PowerPoint Presentation is available below in Related Files.

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An International Prospectus for Library & Information Professionals: PowerPoint Presentation