Up until about ooh possibly 5 years ago, the title of this post would have been ‘sustainable library roles’ and that in itself is a strong indicator of where this profession is heading.
Our new government suggests that the library workforce can be made up of vounteers (no doubt greying ex school teachers) as part of their cost cutting exercise currently slashing its way through the public sector. To me this infers that the skilts of Information Professionals are in face not Professional or valued skills – what do Librarians do all day; the constant need to justify activity and productivity in a performance measured way.
Information management is crucical in the 21st century; the world wide web has brought about information production and disemmination on a larger scale than the public or indeed national institutions are able to cope with, and the British government incentive to bring access to the masses (every person in the UK), only extends the need for skilled mediatory personnel not lessen it.
Is this government so determined to try and dismiss everything we have worked hard towards in the last 10 years just because it was a Labour incentive? Its a schoolboy vendetta, and kind of puts me in mind of the Cuban Missile Crisis!
Skills of the Information Professional amongst many:
Being able to find out about the government proposals and attempt to lay a force against it
Smile in the face of adversity
Code breakers and information seekers – “I think its only fair to warn you that I am in fact, a Librarian” (The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice)