Sunday, November 4, 2007

圖書館員的角色 (Librarians' role)

Library Views 圖書館觀點 - 圖書館員的角色正節節敗退中?
http://libraryviews.blogsome.com/2006/10/22/424/

我不認為「圖書館員的角色正節節敗退中」,他們仍然是知識擁有者、信息管理者和資料評價者。

I do not think "Librarian's role is diminishing". They are still knowledge owner, information keeper and information evaluator.

沒錯,現在圖書館不是唯一的知識來源;愈來愈多人擁有以往只有圖書館員才擁有的能力也是不爭的事實。但這不是一直我們所樂見的嗎?

No doubt, library is not the only information source anymore. It is also true that more and more people own the ability which only owned by librarian in the old days. But isn't it what we are pleased to see?

同時,由於資訊愈來愈多、廣泛,圖書館員的角色就更吃重,在幕後需要付出更多時間去找可靠的有用資料。因為當有讀者求助時,他需要的資訊一定是千奇百怪,非擁有專門知識和能力的館員才能在短時間內找到合適的。

At the same time, librarian's role becomes more important and heavy as information is created in great amount at fast speed covering almost everything. Librarians need to pay more effort and time in searching reliable and useful information on backstage. Because when the patron asks for help, what he or she needs must be very special and rare, only professional librarian with specialized knowledge and skills could find the suitable information in a short time.

另外,圖書館館藏的權威性不會因知識來源的增加而有所影響,在訊息真偽難辨的時候,圖書館員仍舊是讀者最能依賴的對象。

Besides, the increase of information source will not affect the authority of library collection. When information is hard to define its reliability, librarian still is the most trustworthy person patron can rely on.

其實,「擁有以往只有圖書館員才擁有的能力」的人數並沒有預期的多,能夠真真正正有效率地搜尋資訊的人只有很少數。可是人們不知自己能力有限,已經減少使用圖書館和館員提供的資源和服務。

In fact, the amount of people "who own the ability which only owned by librarian in the old days" is not as many as we expected. People who are really able to search information effectively is still minority. Unfortunately, people do not know their ability limitation, but they have already reduce to use library and the service and information providing by librarians.

所以在想下一個角色之前,圖書館員要做的就是推廣使用圖書館和教育大眾成為 information and library literate。單是這兩項已經是永無止息的工作。

Hence, librarian need to promote using library and educate people being information and library literate before thinking about what role they should play next. These two jobs should already be everlasting.
補充 [Supplement] (Feb 24, 2008)

Library Juice - Annotated list of things not to forget (in the 2.0 craze)…
http://libraryjuicepress.com/blog/?p=353

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