Role of library Professionals:Librariesin ancient times were considered as mere depository of books and otherdocuments and the librarian was thought as the custodian of these documents.With the passing of time and the rapid developments in information technology,the new ways of communication have taken effect, and the ways in whichinformation was previously handled, stored and disseminated have been altered.We canthink of three important roles for a library manager.
TheLibrary manager has to perform a set of managerial roles. He acts as a knowledgemanager, content manager and consortia manager. Managerial activity may bedivided into three groups:1. Inter-personalrole:Amanager represents his organization with outsiders. He performs the role offigure head. He has to communicate with his subordinates, motivate them andactivates them to work in pursuit of desired objectives.2.
Informationalrole:Thelibrary manager contacts with the outside world and his leadership positionmake him a focal point of information. He functions as disseminator as well asmonitor. He acts as a liaison man and a leader.3. Decisionalrole:A librarymanager occupies a central point in his organization because of his uniqueposition and authority.Four decisionalroles of a library managerØ Entrepreneur’s role by initiating change andtaking the risk that is involved in introducing change.
Ø He has to assume the role of a discerninghandler by taking charge whenever his organisation is threatened.Ø He performs the role of an allocator of resourceswhen he decides how and where his organization will expand its efforts andresources.Ø He also performs the negotiator’s role onbehalf of the organization. ü Librarian asa guide:Library professionals should teach information discrimination through personalizesresearch assistance, guidance and instruction.ü User friendly approach:Library and InformationScience professionals have to fulfill the needs of its user.
This approachhelps in achieving and providing satisfaction to its users. ü Enhancingthe quality of service:Thequality of services must meet the user’s expectations. Quick and promptservices, proper shelf guides can help the users to reach to their desiredmaterials at the right time and saves the time of the user.Toachieve the functions and objectives of a library, a librarian or director oflibrary has to undertake the following functions with 100% efforts andmanpower:-1.Planning2.
Organizing3. Staffing4.Direction and Leading5.Controlling Conclusion:Dr. S RRanganathan-The father of Library and Information science in India stated that”Librarianship is a noble profession.
A librarian derives his joy by seeing thedawn of joy in the face of readers, helped by him to find the right book at theright time”. The new era librarian willbecome the guardian of digital information and will be the vehicle to preservedemocratic access to information. New era librarians add values and can make librariestruly useful and user friendly. Library and Information Centers are serviceinstitutions and it is need to provide quality products and services for itscustomers with introducing innovative practices.