The Current State of Library and Information Sciences Roles
Abstract: The role of the library science professional has evolved over the years. The library science and information professional is no longer just the “keeper of text and media.” Library science professionals are now known by other names, such as school library media specialists and teachers of information literacy. With the transformation of traditional libraries into learning commons and makerspaces, the role of the librarian has shifted to one of enabling learning and collaboration via a variety of methods. The role of the library professional has evolved to also include being a curator, co-teacher, facilitator, program manager, and information specialist. Moreover, the skills needed by library professionals has evolved as well. Today, a library professional may need to manage databases, program code, and co-teach lessons with teachers on a variety of interdisciplinary topics. This paper reviews the current literature and problematics that have emerged over the last ten years.