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The reference librarian as information consultant

ALA Press Release – “Library users’ evolving information needs and their choice of search methods have changed reference work profoundly. Today’s reference librarian must work in a whole new way—not only service-focused and businesslike, but even entrepreneurial. In “The Librarian as Information Consultant: Transforming Reference for the Information Age,” published by ALA Editions, Sarah Anne Murphy rethinks in an innovative way the philosophy behind current library reference services.”

Oooh..  Probably useful for corporate librarians too..

3 Responses to “The reference librarian as information consultant”

  1. Arnitad
    April 3, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    I am interested in acquiring a Masters degree in Library Information Systems, specifically as a reference librarian. As an information consultant (I would enjoy freelance consulting), what are some of the specific roles/careers a reference librarian would assume as a consultant?

    I currently hold B.A. in Business Administration. However, I am seeking librarianship as a second career. I enjoy advising others and I love entrepreneurship (previously a small businessowner).

    Can you offer any insight?


  2. Arnita
    April 3, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Sorry; this is the correct spelling of my name.

  3. kiman
    April 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    An interesting bend on librarianship, as a student pursuing my Associate in library and information science and the change in the role of librarians and the need of them in libraries it is still good to know that there is still hope once you are willing to adapt.

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