Getting to the heart of the most important topics impacting academic libraries today.
This page is designed to shine a light on key themes, trends, and challenges for library and information professionals. You can expect to find discussion topics that tackle traditional LIS subjects as well as emerging developments impacting academic libraries today.
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A recent study conducted by Joo and Schmidt, and published in the Digital Library Perspectives journal, explores the way how research data services are perceived by academic librarians.
- Joo, S. and Schmidt, G.M. (2021), "Research data services from the perspective of academic librarians", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 242-256.
Questions to consider
Do you think there is a data service that is more important than the others?
Does your library offer research data services? If yes, how?
Please share your thoughts. The article is free to access until 10th February 2023.
(Please note that this content is no longer freely available)
“How can libraries move beyond the artisanal, curation-based approaches to promoting diverse media to encourage a wider readership of both diverse and mainstream audiences?” (Clarke and Schoonmaker, 2019).
Two recent studies published in the Library Management journal explore the reality of transforming a library into a learning organisation and how the role of the middle manager (the toughest job in the library) can help with that.
The COVID-19 pandemic, amongst many things, has also symbolised the increase in technology consumption and social media usage. Explore the research about social media consumption focusing on two perspectives: what platforms libraries and librarians use and also what popular platforms are used by students/young people.
"Librarians need to be much more than providers of factual content. We need to help our requestors make critical choices regarding which news to consume. We need to ensure that they understand how to determine what is real and what is fake, and that process begins with our own training and continuing education regarding information veracity and quality and data sourcing and transparency." (Affelt, 2019)
How do librarians see climate change as intersecting with their work? A 2021 study published in Records Management Journal examines the feedback from information professionals and the challenges they face as the result of insufficient resources.
Librarians are trusted to help people to search for answers in reputable sources of information. How are they affected by the inaccurate and unverified information disseminated online?
Mentoring programmes in libraries exist to facilitate professional development of new librarians. Delivered by experienced staff to individuals or groups, mentorship is shaped by the needs of a specific library.
Libraries are used to adapting and updating services in response to the changing needs and behaviours of its users. But COVID-19 forced most areas of the university to adjust everyday interactions and processes.