Fuelling the Knowledge Economy: The Librarian as Catalyst

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O'Brien, Linda
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In 2015, I was invited by eResearch Australasia to deliver a keynote at their biennial conference on eResearch skills development in libraries. As the then Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services, Griffith University, I had responsibility for the leadership and management of the University’s information strategy and services. I was acutely aware of the ways in which knowledge creation, synthesis and dissemination were changing. ‘Today what we call “knowledge” is constantly being questioned, challenged, rethought and rewritten’ (Edwards et al., 2013, p. 7) in a way not seen before. What did this mean for the role of the librarian? Extinction or evolution? This invitation gave me an opportunity to distil some of my thoughts on the role of the librarian in a knowledge economy.

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Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association

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68

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3

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© 2019 Linda O'Brien. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association on August 11, 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/ https://doi.org/10.1080/24750158.2019.1649627.

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Library and information studies

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