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Academic libraries: facing the future - the role of library and information professionals

Academic libraries: facing the future - the role of library and information professionals



Talk given by Jo Webb for UC&R Yorkshire and Humberside on 8th June 2010

Talk given by Jo Webb for UC&R Yorkshire and Humberside on 8th June 2010



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    • Academic libraries: facing the future The role of library and information professionals Jo Webb, Head of Academic Services and National Teaching Fellow, Department of Library Services, [email_address]
    • Context
      • Public sector spending cuts
      • Impact on HE and FE
      • L. Elliott and A. Asthana (2010) ‘Cable moves to cut back university places’ Observer , 6th June, p.8
        • Step away from 50% participation
        • Investment in further education and vocational training
        • 10,000 fewer university places 2010-11
        • Source close to Cable, ‘debate between excellence and quality and…bums on seats’
    • The HE environment
      • Competition
      • Mission groups
      • Internationalization
      • Widening participation?
      • Market for mature and professional courses?
      • Research assessment
      • Changes to postgraduate education Technology-enhanced learning
      • Student as consumer
    • Library and Information Service drivers
      • Convergence
        • Infrastructure
        • Technology
        • Student services
      • Increasing national co-ordination
        • A national LMS for HE?
        • But what will happen to JISC, RIN?
      • Budgets and recognition
      • Learning and teaching
      • Research support
    • Impact of recession on academic libraries
      • Making the ‘least worst’ choices
      • Restructuring
      • Reorganization
      • Cuts in information resources budgets
      • Need to develop new services
      • RIN report, Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times
      • http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/using-and-accessing-information-resources/challenges-academic-libraries-difficult-economic-
    • Being (a) professional OED definitions
      • a. A person who engages in a specified activity,
      • especially a sport, as a paid occupation. Freq.
      • opposed to amateur.
      • b. Chiefly colloq. A prostitute.
      • 2. A person engaged in a profession, esp. one requiring special skill or training; a professional person, or a member of the professional classes.
      • 3. Scottish University slang. Short for ‘professional examination’ Now rare.
      • 4. A person who does something with a high level of competence, commitment, or expertise.
    • A Profession:
      • Vocational commitment (original meaning related to religious orders)
      • Prolonged training and formal qualification
      • Application of a discrete body of knowledge
      • Commitment to ethical values
      • Some degree of monopoly rights
      • Control over own affairs
      • Regulatory role of professional body over conduct, entry, standards
    • Michael Gorman’s enduring values
      • Stewardship
      • Service
      • Intellectual freedom
      • Rationalism
      • Literacy and learning
      • Equity of access to recorded knowledge and information
      • Privacy
      • Democracy
        • Application to academic libraries
    • Ranganthan revisited
      • Books are for use
      • Every person his or her book
      • Every book its reader
      • Save the time of the reader
      • The library is a growing organism
    • CILIP Body of Professional Knowledge
      • Ethical framework
      • Legal dimension
      • Information policy
      • Information governance
      • Communications perspective
    • What do academic librarians do?
      • Manage resources, services and facilities
        • In UK universal and pervasive
      • Organize knowledge and information to serve the needs of their users
      • Support literacy and learning
    • Professional recognition
      • As a library and information professional
        • Chartership and Fellowship
        • Subject knowledge
      • In learning and teaching
        • Teaching qualifications
        • Higher Education Academy membership
        • Specialist awards in information literacy / teaching for librarians
      • In technology
        • In specific applications
        • In IT management
        • In technology-enhanced learning
      • In management
        • Project management
        • Generic management
      Blended librarianship
    • Developing our skills
      • Our discipline knowledge
        • Think about what is distinctive to LIS
      • Technology-engaged
      • Develop research
      • Personal and professional reflection
      • No excuse for professionalism as a silo, comfort blanket or defence
    • Developing our practice
      • Professional not employee
      • Engagement with communities and stakeholders
        • Professional as expert and champion
      • Joining in the debate e.g. in learning and teaching
      • Critical and reflective practice
      • Evaluation
      • Building an evidence base
      • Advocacy
      • Embrace innovation and change
      • Focus on what is distinctive