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P.K Suresh Kumar (2016). Role of Library and Information Science Professionals in the Knowledge Society. Journal of Information, 2(2): 10-17. DOI: 10.18488/journal.104/2016.2.2/188.8.131.52
The role of Library and Information Science (LIS) profession has been
changing due to the information overload and its availability in variant
forms. The 21st century has brought a lot of changes not only on the
library and information services but also on the roles and expectations
of the librarians and information professionals. The LIS professionals
have new challenges because of unprecedented explosion of information
and the application of information communication and mobile technologies
in generation, dissemination and access of information. To cope with
these problems, the modern library and information professionals need to
change from the custodian of documents to the content managers. This
paper examines (i) the importance of libraries and information centers;
(ii) the transformation of libraries; (iii) temperature of the
information world; (iv) the challenges faced by LIS professions (v) the
new roles and skills of LIS professionals in this paradigm shift.