Information Officer     PhiFolder
The following is a more complete description of an Information Officer:

As a Participant, I understand that I am expected to follow the 13 guidelines:

  1  Demonstrate respect for others, including their sensitivities, rights, and sensibilities.
  2  Speak gently and courteously, in person and EMAIL, with Participants,  and others.
  3  Honor and support the efforts of fellow Participants.
  4  Be patient and tolerant with others, including Participants, donors, and suppliers.
  5  Communicate honestly and tactfully with others.
  6  Listen before speaking, speak in turn, and honor others by allowing them to finish.
  7  Ask questions for understanding, and offer helpful suggestions instead of criticizing.
  8  Recognize and acknowledge others for what they do. We all bring different gifts.
  9  Offer to do what I can -- and complete my assignments. Communicate what I can and can't do.
10  Do my best work, especially so because I'm working for the love of it.
11  Identify and avoid conflicts of interest and seek advice from others if in doubt.
12  Leave my ego at the door -- team effort is what counts here. Help others to use their gifts, and to grow.
13  Welcome people regardless of gender, race, origin, handicap, sexual orientation, religion, and any other
      characteristic not directly related to the job at hand.

An Information Officer manages and develops the procurement, supply and distribution
 of information which may be provided internally or externally and deal with electronic
information, especially online databases and internet resources, as well as traditional library
materials. The role may also involve managing and exploiting internally produced information
as well as sourcing and providing materials from outside organizations.

Information Officers can be found in a wide range of organizations, including central and local
government, public libraries, the health service, education, media, the financial and legal sectors
and NGOs (non-governmental organizations).

Typical work activities include:

The daily activities of Information Officers depend on the specific needs and size of the organization
or unit in which they are working.

Identifying, selecting, ordering, managing and disseminating both hard copy and electronic resources
for the organization's current and anticipated information needs; classifying and storing information,
usually using special computer applications, for easy access and retrieval; answering inquiries from
an immediate client group, and others; carrying out current awareness or alerting services, which may
consist of the dissemination of information about additional resources, and might also include a more
 comprehensive service on relevant topics. This might necessitate reading journals and reports, and then
selecting, summarizing and analyzing relevant items; analyzing information with a view to repackaging it for
easy use by the user;conducting online and internet searching and information retrieval in order both to
answer queries and to provide a more proactive dissemination service; developing internal information
resources and networks (knowledge management), via intranet sites; publicizing and marketing the service,
internally and externally; providing training and advice on the use of electronic information services; writing
reports, publications and website content; providing user education via leaflets, websites and tours of the
library/information room; supervising and training other information staff; giving presentations and individual
consultations. Senior staff may also have budgetary responsibilities.