Presentation Details

The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

Elusive Ghosts in Smug Machines: Librarianship and the Changing Nature of Knowledge

Mark Brooks Woodhouse.

Faced with a spectrum of new developments, some bewildering, others simply old wine in new bottles, librarians seek a professional definition that places them effectively within the emergent information environment. The way in which information is being delivered and packaged determines to a large degree the evolution of knowledge acquisition and inquiry. Rising expectations require new strategies of instruction in order to effectively guide users beyond superficial results and presumed information gathering expertise.

Long experience, particularly in classification schemes and information literacy, makes the librarian’s perspective uniquely valuable for the training of information consumers and for organizations interested in maintaining an emphasis on critical evaluation, presentation and long term preservation of resources. Conversely, the organizational changes wrought by the accelerated transformation and availability of technology and information means that libraries need to be diligent in applying the lessons knowledge management has to offer in order to keep their own organizations viable.


Mark Brooks Woodhouse  (United States)
Head of Technical Services
Gannett-Tripp LIbrary
Elmira College

  • Information Literacy
  • Classification Schemes
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Preservation
  • Organizational Change

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)