Description

This book examines how Library and Information Service (LIS) professionals can use alerting services (also called current awareness services or CAS) to survive: to grasp new opportunities to enhance information services, their professional development, professional image and job satisfaction. It focuses on services available through the web, the importance of environmental scanning and the importance of LIS professionals using their awareness of new information to make a difference. Being alert and keeping track of the latest developments are not enough. Information should be used to generate new knowledge, to inspire, to make progress and to survive. LIS professionals need to be confident that they can prepare for new challenges, deal with information anxiety and information overload and claim new professional roles. Well-informed, confident and creative LIS professionals should be an inspiration to other professions: their use of alerting services should serve as a benchmark for others. The book draws on research on information behaviour, information usage, and information communication and also on alerting services, environmental scanning, and knowledge generation.

Key Features

  • Explores environmental changes affecting LIS professionals and the challenges they face
  • Explores the need for LIS professionals to offer a benchmark for others in the use of alerting services
  • Explores the variety of potentially useful alerting services (with special reference to WWW services)

Readership

Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

‘Current awareness’ or ‘alerting’ services: where do we come from and where are we heading? A dynamic LIS environment and the need to be a benchmark; Available alerting services; Learning from studies on information seeking behaviour; Surviving the negative side of alerting services; Time to reflect on creative use of information – seizing opportunities and surviving.

Details

No. of pages:
196
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781843341284
Electronic ISBN:
9781780630960

About the editor

Ina Fourie

Dr Ina Fourie is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She joined the Department in 2001, after 13 years teaching experience at the University of South Africa.