The New Academic Librarian

Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities

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About the Book

The new essays on today’s academic librarians examine above all their functions and responsibilities—since these have greatly changed just in recent years, especially in matters of technology. These librarians/essayists step away from yesterday’s stereotypes and explain at length their new roles. From digital resources and special collections, to web development and new outreach initiatives, the topics covered by the essays in this book will reassure new librarians and stimulate prospective librarians as they realize the enhanced and varied positions that are available in the 21st century academic library.

About the Author(s)

Rebeca Peacock is the instructional design librarian at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She lives in East Lansing, Michigan.
Jill Wurm is the associate director for marketing and communications at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Rebeca Peacock and Jill Wurm
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 6 photos, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7153-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1325-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 3

Part I: The New Face of Public Services

Circulation Supervisor Superstar or Jill of All Trades, Mistress of None?  Melissa Aho 9

Get @ Us! Using Social Media to Market Libraries, Assist Patrons and Revitalize Outreach Efforts  Katy Kelly and Gwen Glazer 18

My First Years as a ­First-­Year Librarian  Rebeca Peacock 27

Beyond Discovery: Information Literacy Instruction in the ­Twenty-­First Century  Jane la Plante 34

Reaching Out to the University Community: Careers in Library Outreach  Theresa McDevitt 46

Making the Library into a Place Our Users Live  Susan E. Montgomery 59

Part II: Digital Publishing, Copyright and Data

Looking Under the Hood: A View of the Digital Projects Librarian in the Academic Library  Jonathan McGlone 67

Reshaping Views and Leading Change in Scholarly Communications  Sue Ann Gardner 68

Copyright in Academic Libraries: The Future Is Now  Julia Frankosky and Amy Blair 99

Research Data Services in an Academic Library  James E. Van Loon 106

Part III: Specialties—From Libraries to Collections

Bibliographic Mariners: Librarianship at Sea  Joseph A. Williams 115

Integrative Services for Demographic and Geographic Information System (GIS) Data  Laura Sare, Miriam Olivares and Katherine H. Weimer 124

We Are Not Alone: The Changing Role of the Curator in Special Collections  Suzan Alteri 133

Special Librarianship in the New Millennium: Views from a Hospitality Librarian  Kelly Robinson 142

Grants Librarianship: Connecting the Library to University Research  Linda Galloway 153

Part IV: Web, ­E-­Resources and Technology

Collaboration, Teaching and Technology in Northwestern University Library’s Digital Collections Training Lab  Brendan Quinn 161

The Evolving Role of the Web Librarian  Junior Tidal 170

Breaking into a Career as an Electronic Resources Librarian: Leveraging ­Non-­Library Work Experience  Juleah Swanson 179

The Evolving Metadata Librarian: Creating and Managing Data about Data  Meghan Finch 185

About the Contributors 197

Index 201

Book Reviews & Awards

“insightful…extremely useful”—Technical Services Quarterly.