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The Social Mission of Academic Libraries in Higher Education

Corrall, Sheila (2022) The Social Mission of Academic Libraries in Higher Education. In: The Social Future of Academic Libraries: New Perspectives on Communities, Networks, and Engagement. Facet Publishing, London, pp. 109-147. ISBN 978-1-78330-471-4 (paperback), 978-1-78330-472-1 (hardback), 978-1-78330-473-8 (PDF), 978-1-78330-517-9 (EPUB)

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Completes a trio of surveys documenting social trends in higher education and the wider environment with a review of related developments in academic libraries. Concentrates on areas where the social transformation of HE is having a significant impact on library work. Key themes are mass customisation (delivering personal service to a diverse student body) and lifecycle thinking (designing interventions for different stages of the student journey); library contributions to economic and social development, including services and spaces for entrepreneurs and “makers”, facilitating the civic education of students and public participation in scholarship through deliberative forums, community archives, citizen science and service learning; service responses to internationalization, multiculturalism, and globalization; initiatives promoting the cognitive, behavioural and emotional wellbeing of students through collections, activities, and facilities; and expansion of instruction, using critical perspectives and diverse pedagogies to develop multiple literacies. Librarians are developing new liaison roles, deep collaborations, and partnerships with other campus units, external agencies and community groups as they adopt the holistic service philosophy of educating the whole student. They have also been using intellectual and social capital concepts and theories to investigate library and information use, information and academic literacies, academic and professional networks, and faculty and community engagement.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL0000-0001-5591-6524
Date: 22 December 2022
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: Facet Publishing
Place of Publication: London
Page Range: pp. 109-147
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: collaborative relationships; community engagement; intellectual capital; literacy development; social justice; student wellbeing
ISBN: 978-1-78330-471-4 (paperback), 978-1-78330-472-1 (hardback), 978-1-78330-473-8 (PDF), 978-1-78330-517-9 (EPUB)
Title of Book: The Social Future of Academic Libraries: New Perspectives on Communities, Networks, and Engagement
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schlak, Timschlak@rmu.eduUNSPECIFIED0000-0001-8115-1131
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL0000-0001-5591-6524
Bracke, Paul J.bracke@gonzaga.eduUNSPECIFIED0000-0003-1496-0654
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Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2023 20:59
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2023 20:59


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