ERIC Number: ED313047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
The Changing Role of Reference Librarians in Modern Academic Libraries.
Huang, Samuel T.
The role of academic reference librarians is taking new shape with the continuous development of library technologies. In addition to their traditional bibliographical, academic, and personal competencies, librarians also have to possess technological expertise in order to gain access to automated library processes both for themselves, and for providing individual and group online and CD-ROM instruction. Additionally, because of their daily contact with patrons, librarians can aid in determining user and community needs, thereby helping to establish budget priorities for building library resources and managing staffing. Administrative decisions about automation are also increasingly being made by reference librarians. Continuing education is recommended for all reference librarians to maintain current knowledge of library information and resource issues. It is also suggested that librarians should play a proactive role in requesting financial support for continuing education, and that they should strive to keep communication lines open with administrators so that they can be informed and can inform the administrators of new systems, technologies, and programs. (6 references) (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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