For my 801 course I have been reading a great deal about information professionals and what this role means. One article was extremely poignant in all of the readings. This article is written by Richard O. Mason and is entitled What is an Information Professional? Mason brings up several questions about what information professionals are expected to do, how they are educated, and what their responsibilities around ethics are. He says that two aspects are always present in any information professional role: 1) Professionals possess specialized information and 2) they use this knowledge in the service of others.
Mason goes on, answering questions he posed in the beginning but the part of the article that I would like to share (because I enjoy analogies) is this:
Today we face a world best described, perhaps, in a poem by Edna
St. Vincent Millay:
Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts . . . they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun, but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric ….
Information technology is that loom. Information professionals are
destined to become society’s weavers. Will they be prepared?