What is Librarian 2.0? New competencies or interactive relations? A library professional viewpoint

Isto Huvila, Kim Holmberg, Maria Kronqvist-Berg, Outi Nivakoski, Gunilla Widén

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    Library 2.0 is a change in the way libraries interact with their users. Technological developments on the Web have had a major influence on these changes. The change also places new requirements on librarians competencies and skills. This research investigates how librarians themselves see this change in terms of their work identity and working knowledge. The research shows what kinds of qualities and characteristics are expected from a Librarian 2.0, according to a group of professional librarians. The results associate Librarian 2.0 firmly with the Web, although some of the more traditional characteristics of librarianship have retained their relevance. This research also shows that the change towards a Librarian 2.0 can be seen as intimidating by some librarians, a fact that has to be taken into account when libraries develop their future strategies.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)198–205
    JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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