Magazine article Information Today

Janice Lanchance: CEO Special Libraries Association

Magazine article Information Today

Janice Lanchance: CEO Special Libraries Association

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In recent months, I have spoken to groups of librarians, knowledge and in formation professionals all over the world. Whether I am in Albany or Ahmedabad, Milan or Albuquerque, if I close my eyes and listen, I am hearing exactly the same thing: The traditional specialist librarian is becoming an endangered species. Corporations, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and universities are on the hunt, attempting to identify nonessential functions and positions they can cut.

At best, many special libraries are experiencing severe budget cuts that challenge their continued ability to deliver the knowledge organizations need in order to make effective decisions. At worst, these libraries--digital and brick-andmortar--and the valuable professionals associated with them are disappearing.

Exacerbating this unfortunate trend is the misperception that in the digital age, librarians and information professionals are little more than book stackers and (expensive) human search engines. The tragedy is that special librarians are uniquely qualified to deliver what organizations will need most to recover from these hard economic times: actionable knowledge.

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The most progressive professionals in the special libraries world are doing something about this. They are becoming experts in their organizations' strategic goals and shaping their programs and services to attain them. They are getting to know each business function in their enterprises and proactively planning ways to generate the intelligence to support them. …

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