Sunday, November 30, 2008

CHE: Young Librarians, Talkin' 'Bout Their Generation

Up-and-comers discuss what will change and what needs to change

Chronicle of Higher Education / Information Technology / Volume 54, Issue 8, Page A28

By SCOTT CARLSON

Most people are familiar with the stereotype of librarians. They are twenty- or thirtysomethings, with tattoos, cat's-eye glasses, and vintage clothes, schmoozing with famous authors, and playing DJ at parties in Brooklyn.

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Whether young librarians are hip or dowdy doesn't matter. What matters is what they think about the future of the library, particularly at academic institutions.

Libraries are facing a series of immense challenges: the explosion of information, a rapidly changing technological environment, shrinking budgets, pitched battles over copyright, a new world of information literacy, and continuing deficiencies in old-fashioned literacy.

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This month The Chronicle contacted eight librarians under 40 and asked them a series of questions about the future of their profession, including: [snip]

What is the future of the book? / Will there be a reference desk — yes or no? / What information services will be performed by libraries in the future, and what information services will be performed by companies and nonprofit groups? / Should the relationship between libraries and publishers change? If so, how? / Does the library profession need to diversify and draw from different populations? / What is one thing that libraries are doing right, and one thing that libraries are doing wrong? / How well did your library-science education prepare you for the field today? / What will the academic library look like in the future?

Here is what they said ………….................................

[http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i08/08a02801.htm]

Companion Audio Interviews: Young Librarians Discuss the Future of Their Profession

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