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How LIS Professionals Can Use Alerting Services : Chandos Information Professional - Ina Fourie

How LIS Professionals Can Use Alerting Services

Chandos Information Professional

Paperback Published: 14th October 2006
ISBN: 9781843341284
Number Of Pages: 196

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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.

  • 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)

Introduction; �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;

ISBN: 9781843341284
ISBN-10: 184334128X
Series: Chandos Information Professional
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 14th October 2006
Publisher: Woodhead Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.07
Weight (kg): 0.28