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Professors and Professionals: On Changing Boundaries

Corrall, Sheila and Lester, Ray (1996) Professors and Professionals: On Changing Boundaries. In: Working in Higher Education. Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, Buckingham, UK, 84 - 100. ISBN 0335197213

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Explores the shifting boundaries between academics and professionals in higher education, identifying three basic types of player, defined by their expertise in an academic area (the “professor”), information organization (the “content professional”), and information technology (the “conduit professional”). Discusses eight examples of hybrid professionals with boundary-spanning roles at the intersections of established specialisms. Suggests three scenarios for the future university library: the electronic library, the self-service library, and the virtual library, representing the preferred models respectively of information specialists, academic faculty, and funding bodies. Describes current pressures for convergence of library and computing services and the many factors influencing decisions made by institutions. Concludes that centrally managed information and technology services will remain the dominant model for the foreseeable future, but with further restructuring and continual regrouping of professional specialists, who will require expanded skill sets including abilities beyond their core competency to deliver effective services in the changing environment.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Lester, Ray
Date: 1996
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press
Place of Publication: Buckingham, UK
Page Range: 84 - 100
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic, libraries, computing, services, electronic, libraries, higher, education, hybrid, professionals, information, specialists, information, technology, service, convergence
ISBN: 0335197213
Title of Book: Working in Higher Education
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2016 13:30
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:57


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