ERIC Number: ED195241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Information Brokers/Free-Lance Librarians: An Alternative Reference Service.
This paper examines the profession of information brokerage through a look at types of services provided, and through a discussion of major issues, including that of fee for service. The types of information broker and free-lance librarian services are identified: (1) non-profit reference and research services administered by public libraries and educational institutions; (2) large for-profit reference organizations which provide a variety of information services, such as the gathering, organization, packaging, and dissemination of information; (3) major for-profit businesses which produce such information products as indexes and current awareness packages; and (4) services provided by the individual free-lance librarian. Current developments in each of these catagories are traced with reference to representative information consulting services and organizations. Issues viewed as holding major importance in this profession include the ethics of fee-for-service and consequent ramifications on development of pay libraries, the attitude of some librarians toward professional support for the new breed of information worker, and the concept of professionalism as it pertains to free-lance librarians. An extensive bibliography concludes the report. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A