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Role changing for librarians in the new information technology era

Role changing for librarians in the new information technology era Purpose – This paper aims to show how implementing new information technology has expanded the role of librarians as educators and how this role has matched the evolution of new technology. Design/methodology/approach – The paper looks at librarians' approaches to their role as educators and explores ways of most effectively implementing changes. By reviewing the literature and taking the old discourse around library education and information literacy, the paper reflects on the changing role of librarians in an era of greater access to technology, including Web 2.0. Findings – Collaboration with faculty was found to be an essential feature of the most successful stories. Teaching students and faculty to use new information technologies may have become one of the major roles of librarians. Originality/value – This paper demonstrates that the continual evolution of the web is causing a move from e‐libraries to mobile libraries, and that the educational role of the librarians must encompass this trend, and to anticipate similar future developments. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

Role changing for librarians in the new information technology era

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0307-4803
DOI
10.1108/03074801111150459
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to show how implementing new information technology has expanded the role of librarians as educators and how this role has matched the evolution of new technology. Design/methodology/approach – The paper looks at librarians' approaches to their role as educators and explores ways of most effectively implementing changes. By reviewing the literature and taking the old discourse around library education and information literacy, the paper reflects on the changing role of librarians in an era of greater access to technology, including Web 2.0. Findings – Collaboration with faculty was found to be an essential feature of the most successful stories. Teaching students and faculty to use new information technologies may have become one of the major roles of librarians. Originality/value – This paper demonstrates that the continual evolution of the web is causing a move from e‐libraries to mobile libraries, and that the educational role of the librarians must encompass this trend, and to anticipate similar future developments.

Journal

New Library WorldEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 19, 2011

Keywords: Library development; Academic libraries; Information technology; Mobile learning; Web 2.0

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