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Further evidence of librarians' shifting role

We're not the only ones saying the role of the librarian is shifting. We've featured several thought leaders on the blog who are also seeing this trend. And the latest evidence we've come across is this piece in KMWorld by Art Murray and Ken Wheaton.

Art and Ken are seeing the rise of the "knowledge librarian." For traditional corporate librarians to take on this new position, they must shift into three new roles: being a "content czar," understanding the strategic information needed by the organization, and leading new community-focused KM initiatives.

We think this is spot-on with what we're seeing in the marketplace. As I wrote in my comment, librarians are ideally suited for taking organizations into the new KM era. They stand to transform libraries from cost centers to productivity centers by leveraging both content and engaging the user community.

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