From Lackey to Leader: The Evolution of the Librarian in the Age of the Internet
Jennifer Croud (The University of Queensland, Australia), Michael Manning (The University of Queensland, Australia) and Janine Schmidt (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: © 2002
Today hybrid libraries extend beyond physical walls. Librarians organise and facilitate access to information whether it is from print collections or new digital sources. To complement information management skills and technical expertise, they have developed strategies that lead their clients into effective access to, and use of, information. Librarians are now teachers, research partners, and web designers. Through partnerships with faculty, and by fostering the integration of information skills into the curriculum, they are contributing to the teaching, learning and research processes. Librarians in the digital age are people of intellectual flexibility, who embrace change and constantly update their knowledge and skills. They are people-oriented and able to interact closely with their clients. This paper discusses the evolution of librarians in the age of the Internet, with specific reference to the roles of librarians at the University of Queensland Library.