Librarian towards “Assisted Services”
November 17, 2010; blogged on December 25, 2010.
It is a novel and recent service being slowly making its inroads into our urban life. According to Divya, the assisted service concept is in the west for quite some time . I think it is a great and out of the box idea. People in general today are too busy in their jobs/business and family life. They find it difficult to invest more time and energy in organizing some of their activities like shopping , programmes etc. The office goers are hard pressed for leaves / breaks. This facility known as assisted service really is timely and works well . Changes I hope will get rationalized slowly. I dont remember correctly it was in Times of India some ago, some one wrote on the concept of “Personal Assistant”. The content was almost same like that of this by Divya. Coming to the knowledge and information side this “Assisted Service” works wonders. “Personal Assistant” conceived in this way can never be replaced fully by Elders, parents, teachers or friends. The day Librarians realise this and come out darlingly to assume such out of the box role, will indeed be a day of celebration. Though not explicit every student, scholar, teacher , businessman looks out for some one who is accessible who could assist in organizing this personal information / knowledge requirements. Information/ knowledge workers and librarians are attached to their organizations and institutions. No one is available for catering to this unpronounced / implicit requirement. Yes this could be a very right time to locate a librarian as your personal assistant. Yet this could be a very right time a for a librarian to think out of the box to assume a more aggressive and socially visible role as a knowledge / information assistant on call. Librarians! Cheers. New opportunity and challenge waits for you! Grab it before others do it on your behalf! A personal Librarian! Wow!
(Inspiration : A.Divya / Providing out of the box solutions .- Times of India, November 25, 2010)
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