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ABSTRACT Librarians have traditionally been concerned with certain functions and most of these have their parallels in the electronic publishing era It is often suggested that some or all of these functions become redundant in an era when increasing amounts of information are available directly to users via the Internet This argument is contradicted by an often-heard complaint that the Internet is completely chaotic and therefore that people waste much time in fruitless searching for the precise information that they need The skills of a librarian are in fact just as relevant to the electronic milieu as they were to that of print Despite the popularity of the Internet and supposed userfriendliness of the World Wide Web users need significantly more guidance in using electronic resources than they did in using a library of print materials and most academic libraries have now organized substantial programmes of user training This paper deals the importance of the librarians role in handling of electronic information 1INTRODUCTION There are a growing number of academics and publishers who believe quite firmly that once the transition from print to electronic journals sector of the journals market -- there will be no role for libraries in the scholarly communication chain Electronic journals can be delivered directly from the publisher to the users desktop Such a scenario is certainly possible but it is unlikely for a number of reasons Even assuming that all academics and researchers had the technical expertise to deal with the range of hardware and software required to access a variety of relevant electronic products individuals will not wish to purchase out of their own pockets the range of titles required for their research and therefore some form of departmental faculty or central purchasing will be required Currently librarians perform a valuable service to the academic and research colleagues by facilitating quick and easy access to information It matters little to the researcher that behind the scenes the librarian is
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