The information professional of the future: polymath or dinosaur?

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the contemporary theories of professionalism, together with an assessment of the complex factors resulting in a fundamental re-examination of the nature and role of the information profession (IP) in contemporary society.

Design/methodology/approach – A combination of strong structuration and social identity theories is suggested as a suitable methodological framework for determining the meaning of “professionalism” within the context of the contemporary IP.

Findings – The future of the IP is by no means assured, and further empirical studies need to be undertaken to map the extent of change and the degree to which this is a matter of concern.

Research limitations/implications – This paper outlines a suitable methodological approach for future studies, together with a review of key factors impinging on the contemporary IP.

Originality/value – This methodological framework has been utilised in related studies of cognate professions, but not thus far applied to IP.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-78
Number of pages13
JournalLibrary Management
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2010


  • Information profession
  • Professional services
  • Qualifications


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