The promotional film “Your Life’s Work” by the The Librarian 1947 Vocational Guidance Films showcases many of the differences from 1947 to now in the field of librarianship and work in general as well as how some of things have stayed the same. The film talks about the librarians helping the “male professionals”, showing that a, librarians were not considered professionals and that b, women were not considered professionals. After World War Two this changed because more women than before were active in the working field and did not return to the home once the men returned from war. Information organizations such as libraries were portrayed as women’s work with men in positions of authority. This gender division is still evident in libraries today with the majority of works within a library being female.
Card cataloguing is not still used as it is tedious and technology has enabled us to quickly store the information about different material in the library without having to type all the information out onto a card to be filed away. This information is now stored on computers and databases for easy access.
A similarity seen in this video is how public libraries must tailor their collections to their patrons based on location. Those in the city typically require materials that those in rural areas did not. Librarians today need to be conscious of the materials that their patrons need. While a librarian would love to carry a vast array of books, budgeting and space confines often make this impossible.
Special libraries have been active since prior to World War Two. These libraries allow for pertinent material to be easily accessed such as books on medication in a medical office and different laws in a law office. By continuing to use special libraries, librarians are able to focus on and become experts in their particular libraries. They gain a deeper knowledge on their material than a librarian in a public library would.
A major change in the world of information organization is that you now need to complete your studies at “library school” in order to be successful in your career. In 1947, in order to work in a public library you only needed to have attended specialized schooling, not completed it. Now, in order to succeed in the field of information organization, one needs to successfully complete their Masters of Library and Information Sciences if they hope of one day obtaining a management position. In many libraries, in order to work at a circulation desk you do not need formal librarian training but the individual will likely never progress in their job field without the education required to progress in their information organization.
Here’s a copy to the link, tell me what you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK4bjQPwdkc