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Winter 2000-01 Vol. 44, Number 4

Librarians: Information experts in the information age

Sorting data, finding answers, understanding what we need to know—these professionals are on the cutting edge. They use technology to manage knowledge.

Marie Tirados searches for competitive intelligence every day. She scans databases and online journals for news affecting the firm where she works. Fresh information in hand, she organizes what she’s found and gives it to employees who dash in with questions.

In a Midwestern school, Roberta Sibley helps a student use the Internet to visit a museum 800 miles away. Then, she helps him extend his research with books and magazines.

Both workers are librarians. Equally comfortable with databases or picture books, they belong to the original information profession. And their jobs have been forever altered by technological advances.

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Last Updated: June 27, 2001