Self service: what is the function of the new intermediary?

Middleton, Michael R. (2000) Self service: what is the function of the new intermediary? In ALIA200: Capitalising on knowledge, the information profession in the 21st century, 24-26 October, 2000, Canberra.


This presentation considers aspects of current user service from two viewpoints - (i) what is it that a contemporary information user considers service to be, and (ii) the extent to which personal facilitation by an intermediate professional is necessary for user support. This is approached firstly, by considering the motivation for self-service in the digital environment. Then some attention is given to support for 'reintermediation' in digital business processes. Three examples: information architect, knowledge manager, and facilitator are then examined as cases, to consider how end users of information in different settings make use of intermediaries. These environments are contrasted with developments in academic teaching and learning, and what it is that constitutes intermediation in such an environment. Some observations are made about the continuing role of the librarian for provision of information support in a situation where information delivery is becoming predominantly electronic.

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ID Code: 1418
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Information professionals, Librarians, Employment, Information provision, Professional role
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 ALIA
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 26 May 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:25

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