13th Conference on Professional Information Resources

Paper details

Information Specialists and Professional Development in the Context of Lifelong Learning

Session coordinator: Petra Jedličková, Charles University - Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Czech Republic

Where: 22. 5. 2006, 14.00 - 15.25, Auditorium D

The Evolving Library &Information Professional – Development, Leadership and Networking for Evolving Patron Needs

Autor: Russell Bailey, Providence College Library, USA



The roles of library and information professionals must change and evolve to:

  1. accommodate needs of tech-savvy patrons

  2. thrive in the Commons & Library 2.0

  3. provide integrated, just-in-time services

  4. constantly update and enhance technology

  5. design appropriate library spaces for research and productivity

  6. adapt to new models of scholarly communication and publication, especially: the Open Archives Initiative and digital repositories

  7. remain abreast of national and interanational academic and legislative initiatives affecting the provision of information services and resources.

Professionals will need to collaborate in:

  1. Formal & informal networks – regional, national, and international; and

  2. Library staff development initiatives – regional, national, international

Professionals will need to use libraries as laboratories for ongoing, lifelong training and education of patrons and of all library staff ("internal patrons"): the library is the "framework" in which Information Research Literacy is the "curriculum". Professionals will need to remain aware of trends and challenges in their regions, the EU, the US and North America, of models which might provide inspiration and support:

  1. Top Technology Trends

  2. New paradigms of professionalism

  3. Knowledge-creation and knowledge consumption

  4. The shifting balance of the physical library with the virtual-digital library

About author:

Dr. D. Russell Bailey: 2005-present Library Director, Providence College, USA. 2001-2005 Associate University Librarian for Information Commons, University of North Carolina, USA. Select Publications: *Contributing author - The Information Commons Handbook (October, 2006) *Co-author forthcoming Information Commons Case Studies (2007) *Lead author (with Barbara Tierney) “Information Commons Redux…”, Journal of American Librarianship, 2003 *Contributing author - Multicultural Resources on the Internet, 1999 *Author “U.S. Influences on Korean Education…”Fulbright Occasional Papers, 1996. *Composer and artist of two recorded musical ballad collections: Tossed Ballads (1984) and 2nd Chants (1988). Select Presentations: *Convener & moderator of Information Commons and Learning Commons panels and workshops for ACRL/ALA 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. *Opening speaker INFORUM 2005, Prague, The Czech Republic. Education: *Ph.D. - German Studies, Minor in Library Science (1981, LSU USA). *M.Ed. – Curriculum & Instruction (1987, LSU USA). *MA LIS - Academic Librarianship (1995, USF USA). Select Honors: *Research grants for Heidelberg, Germany (1970), and Graz, Austria (1978). *Fulbright research grants for Korea (1990) and Japan (1994).

Other papers in this session:

Do We Want to Know, How Competent We Are?

Author: Zlata Houšková, Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic


Jarmila Burgetová / Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic

Education for Library Professionals in Romania

Author: Anca Cristina Rapeanu, "Carol I" Central University Library of Bucharest, Romania


Corina Dovinca / "Carol I" Central University Library of Bucharest