Librarianship and the information paradigm

Analysis of the information paradigm and of the multiple assumptions on which it is based : advent of the information society; informulation of the librarian's function into information provider ; treating librarianship and information science as identical ; enhancement of the financial and social status of the librarian-information provider ; in future, death of the book, overcome by electronic publishing, and weakening of the traditional library-institution ; development of a very important employment market in the information field ; adequacy of the professional training. The critics object that providing information is only a small part of the library which is more devoted to culture, education and conservation ; that information fields have developed outside the library for specific clients ; that the information market is not open enough to the graduates of library schools. The author wishes an empirical research on changes in library uses and on users' needs.