How LIS Professionals Can Use Alerting Services

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Chandos, 2006 - Business & Economics - 178 pages
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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 faceExplores the need for LIS professionals to offer a benchmark for others in the use of alerting servicesExplores the variety of potentially useful alerting services (with special reference to WWW services)

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A dynamic LIS environment and the need to be
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Available alerting services
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Ina Fourie is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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