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Professors and Professionals: on changing boundaries

Corrall, Sheila and Lester, Ray (1998) Professors and Professionals: on changing boundaries. Navigator: Networked Information on Campus (Summer). pp. 10-15.

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Discusses the blurring of boundaries and convergence of interests between academics and professionals in higher education arising from economic and electronic imperatives for change in academic activities and support services, particularly in libraries and computer centres. Identifies three basic types of players, defined by their expertise in an academic field (the professor), information organization (the ‘content’ professional) and technology (the ‘conduit’ professional). Describes eight types of hybrid professionals with roles at the intersections of established specialties. Suggests three scenarios for university libraries: the electronic library, favored by information specialists; the self-service library, appealing to faculty; and the virtual library, preferred by funders. Discusses the trend towards converged information and technology services and factors influencing institutional decisions but disputes the para-academic model proposed by others. Concludes centrally managed services will prevail but with further restructuring and regrouping of professionals, who will require wider and more specialized skill sets in the future.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduscorrall0000-0001-5591-6524
Lester, Ray
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Aging and Population Health
Date: 1998
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Navigator: Networked Information on Campus
Number: Summer
Publisher: Information Services, University of Abertay Dundee for Ariadne Project Board
Page Range: pp. 10-15
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic libraries, boundary spanners, computer centers, converged services, higher education, hybrid professionals
Article Type: Invited Article
Additional Information: Edited version of refereed paper published in Cuthbert, R. (ed.) (1996). Working in higher education (pp. 84-100). Buckingham, UK: SRHE & Open University Press.
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 12:49
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2022 17:10


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