Congress theme: “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all”

Librarians for the Future

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With the title “As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it”, words taken from the famous literate Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Professor Derek Law began his presentation showing that in the future the librarian’s task is not predictable.  To explain this, he uses results from IBM research, models based on famous persons and key characteristics for the future librarian.  He initiated his speech by talking about the enterprise of the future, based on an IBM research. He says that future librarians must be hungry for change, innovative beyond customer imagination, globally integrated and disruptive by nature.

He used two models to emphasize the future librarian.  He must be a smoothie, sophisticated and supportive like James Bond; and, like a detective, he must collect evidence, analyze it, be curious, selective with what they collect, and it is strongly recommended the use of born digital resources.  Other characteristics mentioned by Prof. Law were to be in the forefront of the revolution, to fly the flag for change, to be in the leadership role, to become the provocateur agent, to be an intelligent analyst, to work in partnership, to support new research models, and to become freedom fighters.

He concluded his conference with another Saint-Exupery citation: "Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction."