All UNC Information Professionals 2050 Conference Contributions Appear in Special Open Access Issue of ISU

Lorcan Dempsey's "Libraries and the Informational Future: Some Notes" and 19 other papers from the conference are included in the open access "Information Professionals 2050" issue of Information Services & Use, Volume 32, Number 3-4 (2012). Lorcan's paper discusses environmental trends for libraries and some consequences for library education. Its overarching theme is that we need to prepare for systemic changes by better understanding how organizations are being reshaped by networks.

The Information Professionals 2050 Conference was organized by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to celebrate the ending of its 80th anniversary year. It took place 4-5 June 2012 and provided a venue in which information and library science leaders examined key issues related to future visions, skills and values. The conference focused on identifying what the needs of information users will be in 2050 as well as figuring out how professional education will need to be restructured to meet those needs.

This special issue of Information Services & Use opens another pathway to the content of that event to the community. It consists of an introduction to the overall event by Dean Gary Marchionini and Senior Faculty member Barbara Moran, followed by position papers from the invited guest speakers. Barbara Moran provides a concluding paper that highlights thoughts from the panels, which may be found in their entirety in a separate monograph, Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways, edited by Gary Marchionini and Barbara B. Moran and published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Lorcan Dempsey
Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research