ERIC Number: ED139407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Reminiscing About the Future: From Librarian to Information Professional.
Taylor, Robert S.
A frame of reference is needed in educating information professionals to grow and be effective in the future. Information professionals need sensitivity to information, its organization, and technological impacts on society, as well as the abilities to diffuse information and perceive analogy across the information field. Six subject areas to guide in curriculum design are suggested, based on the assumptions that librarianship is part of the whole information structure, not tied to an institution, and that more attention to users and their needs should be encouraged: (1) information organization and retrieval; (2) the information environment; (3) information media; (4) systems and technologies; (5) research methods; and (6) management. Information organization and sources must relate more to information seeking processes and utilization. Typologies and taxonomies of information transfer, agencies, users, and needs must be developed. The organization of visual, aural, and linguistic messages must be studied. Information professionals need the abilities to analyze, design, and evaluate operating and potential systems; to critically evaluate research results; and to effectively develop and conduct research. Management-- concerned with human behavior and organizations--links these areas. An attitude change is needed by information educators and professionals to break from the library as an institution and seek alliances with other fields. (KP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Library Schools (Washington, D.C., January 1977)