The library system is a socio-technical structure for knowledge organization, and its goal is mainly to archive literary resources, thereby preserving knowledge and culture of humanity through time.
Man has always collated information since ancient times, and the library has always been a central repository of knowledge and culture of a people. For most of its life, this library structure (system) has been responsible for collecting literature from professionals, and otherwise, in as many distinct fields. Its study is a science in its own right – Library science.
For several decades cataloguing and archival science led the branches of library science. Today a new trend has come to the front burner – Curation.
Curation is the most nascent branch of library science, it deals with information sourcing. The advent of web 2.0 on the internet platform has empowered the consumers of archived contents to be curators themselves. Hence, new information streams are generated from observing what, when, how and why a consumer interacts with a content.
The largest library in the world, the US library of congress with over 26 million volumes, stands head and shoulder above its contemporaries. Its huge capacity, nevertheless, fails to solve some of the basic problems facing even the least equipped libraries, problems such as proximity to the user.
So now the largest library in the world is probably the most reliable search engine on the World Wide Web, with an ability to network libraries and their resources, as well as information (random or specific) around the globe, presenting it to users in their preferred formats and on their various ubiquitous devices.
This means that now, more than ever before, the “Information Technologist” in a librarian has to rise to the growing demand of the information science in our ever changing world.