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The Invisible Librarian by Aoife Lawton

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Into the future

The future is now

Abstract

The future is impossible to predict. There is no crystal ball with which to forecast where the librarian of the future will be, where she will work or in what capacity. It is also difficult to imagine what her skill set will be, what her job title will be, how she will interact with readers and who her readers will be as well as which tools will be available to interrogate, manage, curate and create information. If the past 20 years of progress are anything to go by, then the next 20 will see unprecedented change and innovation in the area of data, information, knowledge, technology and literacy. What we can do is to map the pathways that librarians can choose to take and manage the journey as best we ...

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