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Evolving academic library specialties

Cox, AM and Corrall, S (2013) Evolving academic library specialties. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64 (8). 1526 - 1542. ISSN 1532-2882

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The purpose of this review is to examine the shaping of librarianship in the academic context through the literature of career specialties, with Abbott's (1988) system of professions providing an analytic framework. The specialties investigated are systems librarian, electronic resource librarian, digital librarian, institutional repository manager, clinical librarian and informationist, digital curator/research data manager, teaching librarian/information literacy educator, and information and knowledge manager. Piecemeal literature based on job advertisements, surveys, and individual case studies is consolidated to offer a novel perspective on the evolution of the profession. The resilience of the profession's core jurisdiction is apparent despite pressures to erode it. Forays into teaching, and more recently into open access and data management, can be understood as responses to such pressure. The attractions but also the risks of embedded roles and overextended claims become apparent when comparing past and prospective specialties. © 2013 ASIS&T.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, AM
Corrall, S
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
AuthorCox, Andrew
AuthorCorrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL0000-0001-5591-6524
Date: 1 August 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume: 64
Number: 8
Page Range: 1526 - 1542
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1002/asi.22847
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1532-2882
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Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 16:18
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 20:55


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