Media librarians have to evolve

More discussion of media librarians over at the vexed issue blog, where Richard Nelsson (incidentally my manager at the Guardian) argues that:

The media libraries that survive do so in part because their management still believe in the value of the employing researchers, plus, as Amy Disch, library director of the Columbus Dispatch, explains, they have adapted their skills and knowledge to meet the needs of a modern newsroom.To return to the title, it’s true that the days of armies of people filing cuttings are well and truly dead. But, without wishing to get too Darwinian, news librarianship starting evolving with the advent of online information, way back in the mid-1980s. News groups who recognised this are now reaping the benefits of having skilled librarian/researchers on their staff.

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