Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Librarians see their roles change from card-cataloging information gatekeepers to information superhighway guides

There is a nice newspaper article that is about information literacy up at the Casa Grande Dispatch. It is written by Susan Randall and is titled Beyond books & shelves: Librarians see their roles change from card-cataloging information gatekeepers to information superhighway guides. Librarians Jeff Middleton and Nancy Deegan (an author here at this blog) are featured.

From the article:

Libraries used to be places where people borrowed books. Today they are physical and virtual spaces filled with different kinds of information - much of it electronic and accessible from outside the library.

"It's a new world, an information world," said Jeff Middleton, director of library services for Central Arizona College. "But people at their core are the same. The best thing the librarian can do is help them explore, find things, understand them and use them.

"When children grew up with books, librarians helped them learn how to use books, he said. Today's students grew up with computers, and librarians help them find information in the online environment.

"Today's students need information literacy competencies the way students a generation ago needed to understand index cards and card catalogs," Middleton said.

2 comments:

Nancy said...

Thanks for the plug. Now I don't have to do any shameless self-promotion. {grin}

Nancy

M said...

Self promotion is allowed. Why do you think blogs ever got started. :]