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As part of the "information revolution", I am interested in professionals who are at the heart of the system that manages and transfers information: the librarians. My mission is to study the possibility of creating the post of a librarian. This position will act as the bridge between the Department of Agriculture and the people in the agricultural sector.

There are dozens of documents that have been existing under the local authority, and these can be made use of, by the people in the agricultural sector. Based on research, and on meeting professionals, who have been librarians for a while, I came across a reality that is multifaceted and ever changing. There are some things that are part of the information revolution that I would like to highlight. The number of librarians in France is increasing, and the profession is booming.

However, the situation can be better than it is right now. There are certain things that librarians can object to, and refuse. Some of those things include fixed-term contracts, temporary assignments, contractual labor, etc. About 1000 to 1200 people are trained to become librarians every year, and these people find work fairly quickly, and in conditions that are not always bad. Several sectors have been growing rapidly, and these sectors are in need the services of a librarian.

However, the individual situation of librarians remains unpredictable. Some of the things that can be of concern to the librarians are: uncertain status, different remuneration for identical functions, varied career paths, etc. There is growth in the profession, but in order to grow, consolidation and recognition of skills, and training of individuals are no longer a necessity.

However efficient the librarians may be, there is a grey area that creates a problem for them. The concern is essentially about the retrieval of information that is documented in computers, in the form of external data banks, and/or are stored as internal information files. The optical memory (CD-ROM, DVD, digital optical disk, Internet) is the subject of much conversation among librarians, as most of them have a problem trying to keep themselves updated with the ever growing technology.

The cost of technology also questions the utility aspect of having librarians, who manually manage data. Having technology that assists in the management of information is a sign of maturity of the documentary function in organizations. However, the utility aspect of having librarians will be rediscovered, despite having the most updated technology to manage information.

The massive production and dissemination of information of all kinds and all forms appear much useless if are no specialists in management, places and networks specific to collect, manage, classify and store them so that the potential user can find and utilize according to their own needs.

Superfluous and costly raw material on one side, multiple consumers, changing and challenging each other, we perceive at once the necessity of documentation services, but also the difficulty of being a librarian. It must be said that the consumer is often in a hurry, and unwilling to pay for extra services.

Tags: information revolution, retrieval of information, librarian in the internet age

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