The Changing Role of the Information Resources Professional: A Dialogue


In a general session address at CAUSE96 last December, Brian Hawkins and Patricia Battin presented their shared view that college and university information resources professionals must assume active leadership in higher education's transforming environment. Their dialogue, excerpted here, explored both the mythology and reality of cultural issues that separate librarians and information technology professionals and inhibit enlightened leadership as their changing roles effect a professional convergence. Hawkins and Battin, who served together on both the Educom and CAUSE Boards, have jousted with each other about the role of the information resources professional in higher education for more than fifteen years. A video of their presentation is available through the library as VID0032.

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