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The Academic Librarian in the Digital Age

Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities

Tom Diamond (editor)

ISBN: 9781476680163

Publication Date: Sep 2020

Format: Paperback

Shares the unique perspectives of librarians on the front lines of technological transformation. These essays provide details of both the practical applications of surviving, adapting, and growing when confronted with changing roles and responsibilities, as well as a big picture perspective of the changing roles impacting libraries and librarians.
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As new technology and opportunities emerge through the revolutionary impacts of the digital age, the function of libraries and librarians and how they provide services to constituents is rapidly changing. The impact of new technology touches everything from libraries' organizational structures, business models, and workflow processes, to position descriptions and the creation of new positions. As libraries are required to make operational adjustments to meet the growing technological demands of libraries' customer bases and provide these services, librarians must be flexible in adapting to this fast-moving environment.

This volume shares the unique perspectives and experiences of librarians on the front lines of this technological transformation. The essays within provide details of both the practical applications of surviving, adapting, and growing when confronted with changing roles and responsibilities, as well as a big picture perspective of the changing roles impacting libraries and librarians. This book strives to be a valuable tool for librarians involved in public and technical services, digital humanities, virtual and augmented reality, government documents, information technology, and scholarly communication.
Illustrations 17 photos
Pages 198
Dimensions 254 x 178 x 10
Date Published 30 Sep 2020
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Library & information sciences   Computing: general  
  • Introduction (Tom Diamond) 1
  • Part I. Changing Roles: The Big Picture
  • Openness, Scholarly Communication and Evolving Expectations for Academic Librarians (Mary Jo Orzech) 7
  • Library Positions in a Period of Change (Emily Guhde and Brian W. Keith) 22
  • Inside the Laboratory: Open Science and the Skills of Research Librarians (Jorge Revez) 42
  • Part II. Emergence of the Digital Librarian and Digital Humanities
  • Why Digital Matters: Building a Digital Humanities Center at the University of Utah (Rebekah Cummings) 57
  • Libraries as the Vanguard of Virtual and Augmented Reality for Academic Instruction (Will Buck and Janine Pino) 71
  • From Liaison to Coordinator: How Digital Humanities Influenced a Role Change and Restructure (Andrea Malone) 84
  • Part III. Changing Roles of Public and Technical Service Positions
  • From Nodes to Networks: Redefining the Role of Library IT Somaly Kim Wu, Beth Caruso and Bob R. Price 97
  • Documents ­De-Emphasized? The Shifting Roles of Government Information Professionals (Kenya Flash and Dominique Hallett) 108
  • Changing Roles for Web Services Librarians: Supporting Library Staff as User Experience Practitioners (Jess Waggoner and Susan Chesley Perry) 120
  • Cataloging and Metadata: Tools, Trends and the Changing Role of the Librarian (Harriet E. Wintermute, Melissa K. Moll, Mike Monaco and Euemduan C. Osmera) 131
  • Learning, Growing, Evolving: Changing Discovery Services at the University at Albany Libraries (Elaine M. Lasda and Rebecca A. Nous) 141
  • From Storytime to Data Analytics: The Rise of Digital Technology and Its Role in My Librarianship (Shanna Hollich) 157
  • Exploring Scholarly Communication (Virginia Cononie) 169
  • About the Contributors 183
  • Index 187
Tom Diamond is the collections and materials selector librarian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His published monographs include coverage of the tobacco industry and middle management in academic and public libraries. He is a member of the American Library Association.

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