Future Roles of Librarians
Special issue call for papers from Library Management
- The modern library landscape requires librarians to stay up-to-date with the external fast changing technological environments, the constantly evolving digital landscapes of librarians’ own working contexts and the complexity of their emerging roles.
- how to develop digital literacy as library services are offered through a range of media, including social network sites, mobiles phones, discovery services that harvest information from a wide variety of publishers and open-access repositories and even virtual words;
- how to establish a culture of openness and sharing that challenges the traditional controlled realm of library work and controlled, mediated information access;
- how to develop more user-centred library services, signifying a transition in the way in which services are delivered to library users, e.g. how to involve user participation and feedback at the core of the evaluation process of library services and how librarians and their user communities can be ‘co-developers’ of library services.
- Inherent in all of this is the abandonment of more traditional roles and positions and the impact which this does have on users management and librarians alike