Academic reference librarians - getting by with a little help from our (special, public, school, law and medical librarian) friends

Dianne Cmor

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this viewpoint paper is to consider how academic reference librarians might be guided by non-academic librarians as their roles shift and/or expand in a many different directions. Design/Methodology/Approach: Connections between the work of academic reference librarians and the work of public, special, school, law and medical librarians are drawn. Areas where expertise can be garnered are identified. Findings: Several relevant areas of expertise from non-academic library fields are identified as potentially useful to academic reference librarians, depending on the priorities of their individual institutions. As an example, the public library "service response" framework is applied to the academic library setting. Practical implications: As academic reference librarians are being asked to take on a wider range of roles on their campuses, this paper offers a possible framework for professional development. Originality/value: The future of academic reference librarians has not been viewed in light of adopting expertise from our colleagues in other types of libraries on such a broad scale, and with a view to create a suite of services best suited to individual environments.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 11 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventAcademic Librarian 2 : Singing in the Rain, ALSR 2010 - Hong Kong
Duration: 11 Mar 201012 Mar 2010

Conference

ConferenceAcademic Librarian 2 : Singing in the Rain, ALSR 2010
Period11/03/1012/03/10

User-Defined Keywords

  • Academic librarians
  • reference librarians
  • library management
  • professional development

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