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Journal of Information

June 2016, Volume 2, 2, pp 10-17

Role of Library and Information Science Professionals in the Knowledge Society

P.K Suresh Kumar

P.K Suresh Kumar 1

  1. Assistant Librarian and Research Guide, Kerala University Library, Thiruvananthapuram, India 1

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Pages: 10-17

DOI: 10.18488/journal.104/2016.2.2/104.2.10.17

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Article History:

Received: 03 November, 2016
Revised: 30 November, 2016
Accepted: 05 December, 2016
Published: 08 December, 2016


Abstract:

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.
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Keywords:

Digital library, Library 3.0, Role and skills of LIS professionals, Transformation of libraries, Library services.

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This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The author declares that there are no conflicts of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

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