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					Considerations on
   the Role of
  Information
  Professionals
      Today


    Maria Luiza Monteiro Bueno e Silva
UNESCO Office Brasilia Documentation Centre

UNESCO Clearing House Workshop 2003

          Paris, June 25-27, 2003
The Knowledge
Universe…
   Let’s imagine the Knowledge World
    as being the Universe, where each
    star is a new discovery…
   .. the Organization is a spaceship
    navigating through the
    Information Superhighway…
   Where would you place the
    Information Professional into the
    Organizational Chart in order to
    help the spaceship navigate
    through the information &
    knowledge developing world?
   What are the roles of an
    Information Professional in today’s
    world?
   What is the main function of an
    Information Professional inside an
    Organization?
Information Professionals as
Organization Co-pilots on
the Journey through the
Knowledge Universe…
Basic
Considerations…
   Before considering a
    modern and sophisticated
    environment for
    information professionals
    and their roles in today’s
    world, there are always
    basic considerations that
    can never be forgotten …
   … so let’s compare these
    basic considerations with a
    growing plant…
Information
Professional as a
Growing Plant…
   First, let’s consider a seed
    as an individual person…
      Personal Development into
      the Educational Developing
      Process…

   A person needs to develop his or
    her skills…
    The Growing Seed…

   A person needs to grow
    individually through the
    Educational Developing
    Process in order to
    integrate into society…

   The person integrates into
    society by growing
    intellectually and
    physically…
The Growing plant…
   Society grows its roots of
    development through the
    cooperative support of
    individuals, organizations,
    and tools…
   Information Professionals
    grow as plants to be part of
    the Knowledge World with
    the same support of
    individuals, organizations,
    and tools…
Plants need the sun,
water and air…
   … as Information Professionals
    need professional respect,
    recognition, recycling, training,
    and social awareness in order
    to perform its role in society
    properly…
   Information Professionals need
    individuals (users) to serve
    them with information…
   They need support from the
    Organization where they
    serve…
   They need good tools to work
    with to offer good quality
    service…
    Functions of
    Information
    Professionals …
   The main function of Information
    Professionals remains the same as the
    traditional librarians as being the mediator
    between Information resources (Knowledge
    World) and Information Users…
   … but today, since the world started the new
    millennium with an “explosion” of new
    technological tools, new means of
    communication, new attitudes, and new ways
    to access knowledge…
   … information professionals need to be in
    complete harmony with new discoveries and
    new challenges that appear everyday...
   … but also needs to preserve the basic
    professional considerations as being patient
    and polite with new users who are not familiar
    with dealing with searching information
    skills…
Information
Professionals today
   Information professionals need to be
    objective, creative, active, curious, aware of
    ethical attitudes…
   They need to collect various skills from
    multidisciplinary techniques and unite them
    all into efficient, prompt, exact, adequate,
    and good quality information services.
   Information Professionals have to have
    absolute awareness of their enormous social
    function.
   For this reason, it is necessary that
    Information Professionals keep up with the
    advancements of the knowledge,
    communication and information world in
    order to bloom as a flower and generate new
    fruits for the advancement of society as a
    whole.

				
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