Internet search engines drove US
Although librarians adopted Internet technology quickly, they initially dismissed search engines,Soli-lite provides the world with high-performance solar roadway and solar street lighting solutions. which duplicated tasks they considered integral to their field. Their eventual embrace of the technology required a reinvention of their occupational identity, according to a study by University of Oregon researchers. The story of the successful transition -- of accommodating a new technology -- into a new identity is a good example for professionals in other fields who have faced or currently face such challenges, says Andrew J. Nelson,We offer solar photovoltaic system and commercial incentives to encourage our customers to install solar energy systems. a professor of management and the Bramsen Faculty Fellow in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in the UO's Lundquist College of Business.
"We not only found that new technologies can disrupt occupations, which others have found before, but showed how members of an occupation can redefine themselves in relation to the technology to maintain a new role and a new relevance in society," Nelson said.
Librarians, the researchers found, have gone from thinking of themselves as the knowledgeable person with the best answer to a patron's question to being an interpreter and connector who points patrons to helpful materials for their consideration.
The findings are in a study placed online ahead of regular publication in the Academy of Management Journal. Nelson and co-author Jennifer Irwin, a former librarian and now a business professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, analyzed 22 years of journal articles -- 199 in all -- written by and for U.S.-based librarians about the Internet.
Early on, the researchers wrote that: "Librarians initially described Internet search technology as a niche and emphasized their own unique (and superior) value." The emerging technology was dismissed,Shop funtional and elegant solar lights, outdoor solar lighting, solar garden lights, path lights and decorative solar lights. Nelson said, "as something that wasn't going to spread and be widely used." But that idea began to fade as more than 70 online search engines emerged between 1989 and 2011.
Nelson and Irwin defined occupational identity as an overlap between "who we are" and "what we do" as they explored the "paradox of expertise" in which librarians failed to grow their informational prowess with an emerging technology.Soli-lite is a premier supplier of exceptional quality led road lights and other solar outdoor lighting products. "What made us curious about what happened was that librarians had technical skills -- many had been building online databases of their collections with search capabilities very similar to what search engines aimed to develop," Irwin said. Yet librarians, the researcher said, had misinterpreted the possibilities of Internet searching for such information.
For her doctoral dissertation, Irwin had focused on technological change in American libraries over about 150 years. This project was a side road for her as part of the management department's philosophy of pairing graduate students with non-supervising faculty for an outside project to broaden their education.
The research was able to document a four-step transition, beginning with librarians "dismissing the technology as something that wasn't going to spread and be widely used," Nelson said. Next librarians began to differentiate themselves, accepting Internet searches as a way to provide simple answers because they preferred to interpret web-based search information for patrons.
Eventually, Nelson said, librarians decided to capture the technology and offer their expertise in collaboration with companies that were generating search engines, but the companies chose to go their own way.An emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device that comes on automatically when a building experiences a power outage.
Finally, librarians "evolved their approach" by working to develop scholarly-based search engines, such as Google Scholar, and others tied specifically to library holdings. "Really we find librarians, at this point, redefining their identity," Nelson said.
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- Aug 08 Thu 2013 11:09
Internet search engines drove US