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Title:The Public Librarian of the Last Years of the Twentieth Century
Author(s):Sweeney, Richard
Subject(s):Libraries --Data processing
Online data processing
Information technology
Library education
Abstract:This paper addresses two major questions. First, what is the schizophrenia that is afflicting the library profession in general and public librarians in particular? Second, what knowledge and skill competencies must public librarians possess to survive in the remainder of this century, particularly in utilizing information technology? In the latter part of this paper I will suggest six competency areas that should be emphasized both for public librarians and all professional librarians. Most public librarians have difficulty thinking of libraries as just one type of information technology. The general public thinks of public libraries primarily as a collection of books or a room or building where a collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, or even possibly videocassettes are kept. Clearly, to meet their needs, people go to many other information resources than just the public library. Today, the emergence of videotex, teletex, autodial tape services, electronic banking services, electronic publishing, laser printing on demand, and many other technologies are expanding the information user's options.
Issue Date:1983
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In L.C. Smith, ed. 1983. Professional competencies--technology and the librarian. Papers presented at the 1983 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 58-68.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (20th : 1983)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1983.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-09

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