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Cataloguers in a global information network environment

Charles O. Omekwu (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos Campus, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 11 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the traditional and emerging roles of cataloguing professionals in a global network information environment. That exploration becomes even more critical in view of migration of information resources into digital, electronic and virtual domains.

Design/methodology/approach

An exploratory research design was adopted. The method was to first examine current issues in library and information practice with specific focus on digital technology, the electronic environment, automation, networking, the internet, cyberspace and virtual libraries. The next approach was to examine the challenges of operating in a globalized information environment.

Findings

Cataloguers have key roles in knowledge segmentation, identification, organization and authentication. They are vital as content and system managers, software specialists and information retrieval system designers. In all, more than 23 roles are articulated for forward‐looking cataloguing professionals.

Originality/value

The paper's originality lies in its argument that roles are correlates of competencies and that as the practice of knowledge organization migrates to a dominantly global information network environment, cataloguers must upgrade their competencies in order to effectively operate in the emerging environment.

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Citation

Omekwu, C.O. (2008), "Cataloguers in a global information network environment", The Electronic Library, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 188-201. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640470810864082

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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