Yes, we're special -- but how special? : the futures of corporate information management
Changes are occurring in many spheres at various levels: social, cultural, organisational, technological and economic. A critical environmental change is the increase in the value of information as a strategic commodity. Information's role in creating power and wealth is attracting the attention of powerful new players and new competition -- in particular forcorporate information managers. Skilled information professionals are entering domains previously regarded as the territory of traditional librarians, and often these newcomers appear better able to meet the many new challenges that have resulted from the complex, knowledge-based environment in which we live and work.These changes are forcing a diversification of the work of corporate information managers, creating a challenge that must be boldly and imaginatively faced, if it is to succeed. There needs to be more orientation toward the corporate and information industry constituency; more emphasis on data and information structuring and the design of information systems;development of a more entrepreneurial and market orientation; growth of a moreinternational orientation; and the expansion of a core competency that is general to the information professions and not specific to librarianship.This paper examines what these changes might mean for corporate information managers, and includes a shift in mindset so that the emphasis is on information and not documents, and the cognitive, affective and social processes underlying information needs, searching, interpreting and problem-solving.
|Other Persons:||Kean, Philip (contributor)|
Australian Library and Information Association and Australian Law Librarians Group
|Type of publication:||Article|
|Type of publication (narrower categories):||Congress Report|
10th Asia Pacific Special Health and Law Librarians Conference (Adelaide, South Australia : 24-27 August 2003)
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