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Revisiting the subject librarian: A study of English, Law and Chemistry

Hardy, G and Corrall, S (2007) Revisiting the subject librarian: A study of English, Law and Chemistry. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 39 (2). 79 - 91. ISSN 0961-0006

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The future of subject librarianship is being challenged by technological advances and funding pressures. Questionnaires were used to collect data about the roles, relationships and competencies of 32 subject/liaison librarians supporting three disciplines in UK universities. The survey showed that postholders were undertaking a wide range of activities, with academic liaison and information literacy teaching as central tasks. They had a variety of job titles and their roles demanded pedagogical and interpersonal abilities to complement their professional and technical skillsets. The study confirmed predictions of closer collaboration with academic colleagues and increased involvement in teaching. Communication is a key area, but formal mechanisms are less important than a proactive style and personal approach. Comparisons between diverse disciplines and institutional types found more similarities than differences, but revealed some distinctive features in the staffing and delivery of subject support for Law and differences of emphasis between old and new universities. Copyright © 2007 Sage Publications.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hardy, G
Corrall, Sscorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Date: 1 June 2007
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Volume: 39
Number: 2
Page Range: 79 - 91
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1177/0961000607077575
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0961-0006
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 19:18
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 20:55


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