The Evolving Life of a Librarian


Information Technology has changed the contents kept in libraries from 100% print to a mix of digital and print. How does this affect how a librarian thinks and works?

Picture a librarian. Many of us would imagine her (it’s often “her”) to be spending most of her time arranging books back onto the shelves. Is there more to a librarian’s role than cataloguing and stacking books? Of course there is. Neil Gaiman had this to say about the librarians: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers; a librarian can bring you back the right one.”

Recently, Penang Monthly met Dr Rashidah Begum bt Fazal Mohamed, the former president of the Librarians Association of Malaysia and presently the chief librarian of Disted College, to get a glimpse into the modern life of a librarian.

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