Nye roller for kontaktbibliotekarer (fagreferenter)

American Research Libraries (ARL) har lige udgivet rapporten: New Roles for New Times: ARL Publishes Report on Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries.

Den nye rapport er skrevet af J.M.  Jaguszewski fra University of Minnesota Libraries og Karen Williams fra University of Arizona Libraries. Den præsenterer resultaterne af interviews og anden forskning vedrørende kontaktbibliotekar-funktionen og afdækker en række udfordringer i forhold til den traditionelle kontaktbibliotekar/fagreferentordning.

Det hedder i pressemeddelelsen:

“The report proposes that evolving research library environments—including shifting technology, student learning, and scholarly practices—call for a fresh look into the role of research library liaisons. Through their interviews, Jaguszewski and Williams find a general consensus that changing liaison roles are presenting organizational challenges, including identifying limitations to individual expertise, redesigning related institutional structures, and ensuring liaisons have proper training and know-how. The authors present an overall trend toward a hybrid model where liaisons pair their expertise with that of functional specialists, both within and outside of libraries, in an effort to further meet the needs of students and scholars alike.

In all, the report identifies six specific trends in the development of new roles for library liaisons based on focusing on what users do rather than on what librarians do. The authors note that by understanding the changing needs and practices of scholars and students, librarians can help shape future directions for the library and advance the library’s mission within the larger institution. In one example, the report’s appendix includes a video interview with Jonathan Koffel, a University of Minnesota health sciences librarian who initiated a partnership with medical faculty to embed information resources in radiology reports.”

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