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The technological developments in the past three
decades radically transformed the information management environment.
There is an urgent need to comprehensively review the Library and
Information Service (LIS) profession. The technological marvels like
the Internet, On-line services, CD-ROMs, and Electronic databases
have facilitated access to vast quantities of information from
remote locations. However, this has resulted in information overload.
As a result, greater expertise is now needed to retrieve and analyze
relevant information. The information field today has a wider scope
and it has come out of the precincts of libraries and information
centres. As a matter of fact, information has become an industry
that sells, organizes and processes information.
The profession now has a window of opportunity to assert the need
for investment in library and information services for an information
enabled “innovation” and “knowledge nation.” What is required is
rediscovery of professional mission, values and commitment focused
through one well-resourced association of library and information
professionals and their institutions. For organizations to compete
effectively in the knowledge economy they need to change their values
and establish a new focus on creating and using intellectual assets
to acquire new combinations of skills. In particular, they need to
learn skills that allow them to find, manage, share and use information
and knowledge. They need information literacy.
Management of libraries and information centers in the modern era
characterized by a significant variety of styles and is extended,
beyond the typical issues of organization and administration of
human and material resources, into issues of technology, innovation
and activity in shaping the components of the Information Society.
So, the limits of modern Management of Libraries, includes the
Management of Services, the Management of Information and the
Management of Access.
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