Wednesday, December 22, 2004

CILIP | Future Proofing the Profession

CILIP | Future Proofing the Profession

This report, just released by The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), considers current and future developments in information services, and the professionals who provide them, using health as its key example.

It includes a summary of some major NHS/DoH strategies over the last few years and examines their implications.

Amongst their conclusions, they state:

"We [CILIP] have to recognise that for all users whether academic, clinical, practitioner or patient, libraries are now a small part in the spectrum of sources used when information gathering. We can no longer insist that users tailor their information seeking behaviour to the highly structured systems that characterise libraries. We must instead recognise the influence of the chaotic web on the way in which information is presented and retrieved and modify the way we design and deliver all aspects of library and information provision."