New role realities: avenues for extending the reach of information specialists.

Hall, Hazel and Abell, Angela (2006) New role realities: avenues for extending the reach of information specialists. In: Proceedings of the American Society of Information Science and Technology Annual Conference, November 3-8 2006, Austin, Texas. American Society for Information Science and Technology, pp. 1-13.

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    As organizations have developed enterprise-wide electronic information environments, a diverse range of job roles has emerged at a variety of levels. Some of these roles are ear-marked for “traditional” information specialists, but many are not – and although some information specialists have moved into this kind of work, others from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds occupy many of the newly-created information-related positions. This paper reports on a project undertaken by a team of researchers from the corporate and academic sectors in the UK. The project aimed to consolidate, and strengthen, understanding of the emerging information job market, with a view to indicating how those in the “traditional” information profession may extend their occupational reach. The preliminary findings of the work, as presented here, indicate that this job market has grown due to a number of factors. Individuals who can offer skills in particular areas of work that support information delivery, in particular information architecture and content management, are well-positioned to take up the opportunities that this market offers, whether or not they hold formal information qualifications. The research approaches adopted have taken this discussion beyond the natural constituency of earlier work that predicts the nature of information profession in the digital future. This paper, which furnishes an overview of main messages from the preliminary findings of the project under discussion, will be of particular interest to those keen to explore the existing scope of work opportunities for information professionals in electronic environments, and to those whose ambitions lie in preparing for, responding to, and leading the future information world.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: paper presented at ASIST Annual Meeting 2006 Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future for All November 3-8, 2006, Hilton Austin, Austin, Texas
    Uncontrolled Keywords: information professionals; task analysis; career development; digital libraries; professional competencies;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 020 Library & information sciences
    Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
    Item ID: 3403
    Depositing User: Computing Research
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 15:36
    Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 09:35

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