ERIC Number: ED443440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Roles of Library Professionals. SPEC Kit 256.
Simmons-Welburn, Janice, Comp.
Spec Kit, n256 2000
Over the past 10 years, many changes have affected the roles of librarians and other professionals in research libraries. The changes have been caused, in part, by technological advances, reorganizations, more focus on libraries as learning organizations, the use of teams and team-based approaches to tasks, and a recognition of diversity's importance to organizational development. The survey for this SPEC (Systems and Procedures Exchange Center) Kit was an effort to examine these professional changes through an analysis of position descriptions issued by Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions. Results of the survey, conducted in January 1999, are presented. ARL received responses from 55 of the 122 member libraries (45%). Representative documents are provided from selected institutions under the following areas: Access Services; Administrative Support; Collection Development; Copyright and License; Distance Education; Instructional Services; Reference and User Services; Technical Services; Technology and Networked Environment: Systems; Technology and Networked Environment: Digital Library; and Technology and Networked Environment: Web Related. A short list of selected resources--books and journal articles--is included. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Change, Higher Education, Librarians, Library Development, Library Networks, Library Role, Library Surveys, Professional Personnel, Research Libraries, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Leadership and Management Services.