Typology of information professionals' roles in
Web information systems
a pan-Canadian survey
For some years information professionals1 have experienced a period of redefinition of their profession caused largely by technological changes and more specifically by networking developments such as the Web. The impact of Web Information Systems (WIS)2 is important within the organizations that are increasingly investing in these systems and go beyond purely technological considerations. Despite this increasing interest in WIS, no model seems to exist for the interveners involved in these systems or for their respective tasks. Although the commitment of information professionals in the development and design of WIS is common, their positioning in Web teams is controversial and not very well known.
This research seeks to validate and generalize previous results3 about the roles of information professionals in the WIS of the Canadian government. The research examines – in a general way, not only for governments – the types of WIS in which information professionals are involved, the roles of these professionals in WIS and the factors that might influence these roles. The two years research project received an internal grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
A pan-Canadian survey is being conducted to develop a typology of the roles of information professionals in WIS. We solicit the participation of all the professionals who have a master’s degree in library and information science (or the equivalent) and who are involved in WIS. Your participation is important to understanding better the intervention of information professionals in the new digital environment increasingly present within organizations.
1 This research defines an "information professional" as someone who has a graduate degree in library and information science or the equivalent.
2 Web Information Systems (WIS) are information systems based on Web technologies such as external Web sites, intranets, electronic commerce systems, and extranets.
3 Dufour, C. (2003). Étude du rôle des professionnels de l'information dans les systèmes d'information Web du gouvernement fédéral canadien. Doctoral thesis, Université de Montréal, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Montréal. [Unpublished; Available online (in French)]
© École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal, 2007
Senior Researcher: Christine Dufour, assistant professor
Last Update: 06/11/2007
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