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An Overview of the Changing Role of the Systems Librarian by Edward Iglesias

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Geeks and Luddites: library culture and communication

Dan Gall and Donna Hirst

Introduction

The modern history of technological change has significantly influenced library culture. With this cultural evolution communication between systems staff and other librarians has changed as well. In this chapter the alpha geek and the Luddite archetypes are used to illustrate these tensions over the years. Current library culture mirrors the culture at large with ever increasing needs for effective communication by the systems librarian. In the twenty-first-century library the pervasive culture is user-driven and clearly influenced by spontaneous communication technologies like wikis and blogs that put more control in the hands of library users. ...

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