Speaker! Dr Brenda Chawner

We are delighted that Dr Brenda Chawner, Victoria University of Wellington, will be presenting her paper Facing the future: Technology trends and the information professions at inFIRE 2012.

Facing the future: Technology trends and the information professions

Over the last 15 years, the role of professional librarian/information manager has been increasingly shaped by technologies that place more information directly in the hands of (or more precisely, on the desktops of) users. Professional librarians and information managers are no longer the trusted intermediary, locating information on request. Their role has changed to a behind-the-scenes facilitator of access to information, with an emphasis on negotiating contracts and arranging for networked access to resources. This presentation will begin by summarising the main technology trends that have led to today’s information environment and reviewing the ways in which the information professions have responded to them. It will then present two scenarios for the future—one optimistic, and one pessimistic, to stimulate discussion.

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