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UNESCO and human resource development for the 'Information Society'.

Johnson, Ian M.


Ian M. Johnson


The emergence of the ‘Information Society’ appears to present a unique opportunity for libraries and information services to assert a new and more significant position for themselves in society. However, to be well equipped to seize these opportunities, the information profession needs to re-examine the range of its knowledge, skills and attitudes.i This has been the topic of much debate in the industrialised countries, not least because the patterdevelopment in the different kinds of library and information services has quite evidently been uneven as a consequence of their financial circumstances and the perception of their distinct missions. In the developing countries these differences are exaggerated by the prevailing circumstances: not only less money for investment, but also in many cases a shortage of manpower with any professional education. Nonetheless UNESCO has continually attempted to ensure that colleagues in these countries do not remain unaware of the developments in professional practice which lay ahead of them, and to motivate them to prepare the necessary educational response.


JOHNSON, I.M. 1998. UNESCO and human resource development for the 'Information Society'. Education for information [online], 16(3), pages 237-242. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 1998
Online Publication Date Jul 1, 1998
Publication Date Jul 1, 1998
Deposit Date Nov 5, 2008
Publicly Available Date Nov 5, 2008
Journal Education for information
Print ISSN 0167-8329
Electronic ISSN 1875-8649
Publisher IOS Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 3
Pages 237-242
Keywords UNESCO; Human resource development; Information profession; Schools of librarianship and information science
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