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How might the role of professional associations change?

I do not believe that the role of professional associations will change greatly in the coming decade. Just as the professional will still be concerned with a client's quest for knowledge, the professional association will still be occupied with maintaining schools for the profession and providing a support network for its members. While academic requirements for professional certification may change frequently (isn't GSLIS redoing its core curriculum again this year?), the role of the school and of the association which accredits it will remain essentially the same.

Information professionals enjoy a role of growing importance in society. We should use our position to share new technologies with the public, and lobby together to have these improvements implemented. The role of the information professional of the future will be determined by the actions we take and examples we set today. In the interest of giving them a challenging role to inherit, ``We must embrace change, and embrace it as we never have before'' (Reuben, 1992).


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