Is the information profession fragmented?

Nicola Franklin notes in her article for Information Outlook, “The Collaboration of the Information Professions,” (subscription required) that “the various information professions appear to be fragmented.  Are efforts to bring them together misguided, or long overdue?”

One of her colleagues, Mark Field, started this discussion topic, the Fragmentation Death of the Information Professions in a private CILIP (UK) LinkedIn group back in 2010.  He defined specialist information workers as including information scientists, librarians, records managers, archivists, and information architects, and more.  This post attracted over 180 comments, and it is clear that the topic is on the minds of many in the information industry.

In short, two meetings were convened to discuss the matter.  Suzanne Burge and Nicola Franklin blog about the two meetings.


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