Librarians and related information professionals collect, select, develop, organize and maintain library collections and other information repositories; organize and control other library services and provide information for users (ILO, 2018).

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PROFESSIONAL GROUP CHARACTERISTICS AND SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Librarians, Archivists and Curators

Librarians, archivists and curators develop and maintain the collections of archives, libraries, museums, art galleries and similar establishments (ILO, 2018).

  • Archivists and Curators
  • Librarians and Related Information Professionals
  • Bibliographer
  • Cataloguer
  • Librarian

Background Information

Librarians and archivists have been on the forefront of digitization even by the late 1980s (Gilliland, 1988) and the advent of RFID and other sorting technologies. Today, only a very small minority of large libraries (university, municipal, national, private) are run manually. The use of RFID chips have allowed users use check out machines and not interact with the staff. New strides in automation technologies has allowed for a more efficient use of space where machines scan, identify and place and retrieve books within minutes. Digitization of archives has also allowed for a more dispersed and selective use of physical books.  Thus librarians as a discipline has been reduced to working in smaller libraries where the cost of installing expensive management systems does not match the volume. Digitization has affected so much of the occupations of librarian and archivist that has changed the nature of their jobs. 

Case examples

University of Chicago has one of the more automated and technological advanced systems in the world. The Automated Storage and Retrieval System allows users to access any book within minutes and with fail safes to ensure that books are never lost/misplaced or any other way mistaken.

Digitization in the Library sectors has become some engrained and widely adopted that it changed the study of library sciences with academic journals already of 20 years, focusing on security, threads, opportunities and new technology implementations.

Categories: Skill Level 3