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Managing Academic Libraries by Susan Higgins

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Chapter 3

Library and Information Science as a Discipline

Abstract

This chapter examines the role of the library and information science (LIS) specialist in terms of how the practices and procedures in LIS education meet the needs of the actual working environment. The specialist as an information intermediator is emphasized. Users are looking for knowledge through the provision of information. The academic librarian also provides optimal information services to researchers in other fields. This remains a core value of traditional academic librarianship. Such values incorporate information literacy and knowledge management as ways of learning. Academic librarians diagnose users' information needs, respond to these needs by searching and locating ...

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