One librarian's take on the role of (and need for) librarians in e-government projects:
There are many librarians involved in e-government projects. I chair a group of information professionals working in local government and many of its members will have been involved in e-government in one way or another. Librarians should be at the forefront as the provision of information is a key element; and that is what we do best.
I do not know if Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science are still taught but it would be interesting to apply these to e-government. The five laws are:
1. Books are for use
2. Every reader his or her book
3. Every book its reader
4. Save the time of the reader
5. The library is a growing organism
If we begin to apply these laws to the provision of information to the public and the interactions being offered by e-government they still make a lot of sense.
Complete article from the new issue of Ariadne.