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By Ina Fourie (Auth.)

This e-book examines how Library and data carrier (LIS) execs can use alerting companies (also known as present know-how prone or CAS) to outlive: to know new possibilities to augment details prone, their specialist improvement, specialist picture and activity pride. It specializes in providers on hand throughout the internet, the significance of environmental scanning and the significance of LIS execs utilizing their wisdom of latest info to make a distinction. Being alert and keeping an eye on the newest advancements will not be sufficient. details might be used to generate new wisdom, to motivate, to make growth and to outlive. LIS pros have to be convinced that they could organize for brand spanking new demanding situations, take care of info anxiousness and data overload and declare new expert roles. Well-informed, convinced and artistic LIS execs can be an concept to different professions: their use of alerting prone may still function a benchmark for others. The publication attracts on learn on info behaviour, info utilization, and data communique and in addition on alerting providers, environmental scanning, and data generation.

  • Explores environmental adjustments affecting LIS execs and the demanding situations they face
  • Explores the necessity for LIS pros to provide a benchmark for others within the use of alerting services
  • Explores the range of probably invaluable alerting providers (with designated connection with WWW services)

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Anderson; 2003; Brunshill, 1997; Gessesse, 1998). There is hardly any research or discussions on LIS professionals using CAS for their own purposes. Exceptions include discussions by Stenstrom and Tegler (1988), Tedd and Yeates (1998) and Yeates (1999). As I will also point out later in this book, extensive research is therefore required about how LIS professionals use CAS, and how we put the information to use. Understanding our own actions should enhance our understanding of users’ information behaviour and our ability to exploit the full potential of the Web to empower the wider society in terms of information literacy.

It therefore takes a much wider perspective of the environment in which people/organisations are operating in order to cover a much wider spectrum. It is not just about noting information, but about noting the information that needs to be put to use in order to survive, and not merely keeping a research edge. For example, a company can have a group of researchers who are using the latest equipment to explore new solutions to security systems. If their marketing efforts and their understanding of their clientele are not keeping up, or if they do not note what their competition is doing, they may still not be successful.

When 45 How LIS Professionals Can Use Alerting Services thinking about what we need to know to plan for the future, it is even more difficult to decide what ‘gaps’ we need to try and bridge. , 2002). Our anxiety may also be more acute if we doubt our abilities to deal with the information we may find. Information seeking studies also showed the following: ■ Our tasks and the environment in which we work will have a very strong impact on our information seeking behaviour, and therefore certainly also on our use of alerting services.

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