So you want to be a librarian

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So you want to be a librarian

  1. 1. Academic librarianship in a cold climate. Máire LaniganCity University, Director of Information Services and Libraries
  2. 2. Overview• Higher education: a challenging environment• The position of libraries in HE• What libraries do . . .• What does this mean for the newly qualified librarian?
  3. 3. Higher education: challenge and opportunities• Money, money, money . . .• Competition• Scholarly communications• Technology• Space
  4. 4. The position of Libraries in HE• Russell Group, RLUK, Old, New, Guild• Standalone, converged, super-converged• Institutional alignment: education, research, enterprise
  5. 5. What libraries do . . .• Reader and public services• Technical services• Academic and research services• Archives, special collections, museums• Management
  6. 6. Reader and public services• The Library as Place• Enquiry services• Self service not fofo
  7. 7. Technical services• Print, e and copyright• The LMS• Partnership management, outsourcing and shared services
  8. 8. Academic and research services• Relationships: academics and researchers• Developing independent lifelong learners• Institutional repositories: having impact
  9. 9. Management• Strategic and operational planning• Quality, benchmarking, accountability• Resource management• People and relationship management• Innovation
  10. 10. So what does this mean for you..?• Baseline skills• Teamwork and flexibility• Communications• IT skills• Information competence• Employability skills
  11. 11. So what does this mean for you..?• Differentiating skills• Pedagogy• Innovator• Educational technology• Finance and resource manager• People manager• Strategist• Authenticity…
  12. 12. My story… Starting out and moving on• Motivation, bursaries and work• Complexity, applied and abstract knowledge• Ad hoc approach plenty of interesting jobs• Getting serious –building a career
  13. 13. My story… what worked…• Being engaged in the work• Movement, passion and networks• Luck (making your own good fortune)…and what I would have done differently• More broadly based – ‘badge of honour’• Balancing being ‘right’ and being persuasive• Mastering new skills
  14. 14. Thank you for listening.Comments and questions.

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