The unique role and value of information professionals in special libraries.

Howard, K 2017, The unique role and value of information professionals in special libraries., Australian Library and Information Association, Canberra, Australia


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Title of report The unique role and value of information professionals in special libraries.
Author(s) Howard, K
Year of publication 2017
Publisher Australian Library and Information Association
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Subjects Librarianship
Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary The special librarian role remains relevant in organisations that require the organisation and management of information. While return on investment studies of special libraries provide impressive results, they don't take into account the improved quality of information, which also has a value. The work carried out by special librarians cannot be replaced by digital technologies at this time. Emerging tasks for special librarians include the preservation of born digital materials; maximising the value of data and information through purposeful re-use and by avoiding unnecessary duplication; and playing an active role in the data lifecycle. Potential roles for special librarians may be in the area of data science, which to date has largely developed under the computer science and information technology domains, with little consideration given to how data is created, stored, used, annotated, re-used and preserved. According to the descriptions used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for its Job Classifications, there is some overlap for special librarians with: n ICT professionals, mainly in the area of business and systems analysts and programmers, which includes multimedia specialists and web developers; also in the areas of database and system admins, including ICT security specialists, and ICT support and test engineers. n Management and organisation analysts. What separates the special librarian role from that of ICT professionals is that ICT professionals are concerned with the container, librarians are concerned with the content and the context in which information exists.
Commissioning body Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
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