Monday, April 20, 2009

The Evolving Art Librarian: Academic Perspective Notes

Academic survey and perspective presented by Cathy Carpenter, Head, Architecture Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 10% of respondents say that they feel like they must adapt or die
  • Library users look to the library to provide a meeting place for discussion groups, exhibits, events. This stems from their experience of incidentally seeing colleagues while researching within the library
  • 4 themes prevailed: #1 De-Evolving Library Profession [i.e. de-professionalization] - especially in subject-specific collection development and programming; #2 training - no time allotted for technology training; #3 Communication Silos - inability to communicate across the organization; #4 Fluid Collections - non-traditional materials [Carpenter indicates that this can be a strength due to uniqueness]
Partial event details here.

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