The surviving libraries will be the ones that remember that they are in the knowledge business...
"In "The Rise of the Knowledge Librarian" (KMWorldFebruary 2009), we urged librarians to leave their traditional roles as reference clerks and human cataloging machines and embrace the higher calling of content czar, strategic planner and change agent. In the two years that have followed, we've seen discussions about the article making the rounds on social networks, KM forums, conference websites and blogs, along with direct citations in books, journals and information school websites. Positions for knowledge librarians have been advertised specifically seeking experience in one or more of our three recommended roles.For those of you still hanging on to the past for dear life, time is running out. Best get on board now. The 2009 article tells you how to get started.
If you're one of the forward-looking pioneers and have taken on these new roles, congratulations. You're on your way. But you're probably running into fearce resistance (that's not a typo-we're talking resistance based mainly on fear). Here are some of the moats, parapets and other barriers you're likely facing:
no recognition, or worse yet, no respect from upper management;painfully watching quality suffer from relentless cost-cutting; andinability to shift the work force's perception of the library from a place to store books and periodicals to a clearinghouse for knowledge."