Building An Information Society For All: The Library Environment and Stakeholder Roles

Foo, Schubert (2007) Building An Information Society For All: The Library Environment and Stakeholder Roles. In: International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, ICoLIS 2007, 26-27 June 2007, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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An analysis of the topics presented at the ICoLIS conference was carried out to derive the interests of authors and participants. From an initial list of 39 topics, they were subsequently grouped into 11 larger topics. Of interest was how these were related to the LIS field in the context of the organisation, namely, the library, or more generally, a non-profit information agency. Using the classical management model of the mega environment, task environment, and the organisation, this paper attempts to identify key factors of constituent elements of these environments to explore salient features and challenges to provide an overall understanding of the library operating in today’s information society. As such, a broad and non exhaustive treatise is given to these factors to create a big picture view of the library which is often overlooked when we delve into specific research issues. The conference topics identified previously are also mapped as they occur along these dimensions to reveal the main areas explored by researchers in this conference. The paper concludes with examining the roles of a number of stakeholders of this environment, namely,library professionals, library associations, library managers and administrators, educators,researchers, government, users, and proposes what the author considers are important areas for thought and action to shape the information society.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2013 03:55
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 03:55

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