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[Review of] Academic librarianship in flux: The dynamics of negotiating professional jurisdiction, by Pieta Eklund.

Corrall, Sheila (2023) [Review of] Academic librarianship in flux: The dynamics of negotiating professional jurisdiction, by Pieta Eklund. Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies, 4 (1). pp. 88-93. ISSN 2595-0593

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Academic librarians have faced many changes and challenges since the 1980s as a result of rising costs, technological advances and policy developments, which have turned their focus to different areas of service provision, but with support for researchers often the centre of attention. Open access and research data have been a major preoccupation since the mid 2000s, causing continuing debate and disruption, including controversial reorganisation and dismantling of subject-based structures in favour of functional specialisation. Substantial scholarship exists on these topics, including doctoral studies, with Abbott’s system of professions emerging as a popular lens for exploring the emergent boundary-spanning roles assumed by librarians and their relationships to others with claims on this novel area of practice. The PhD thesis reviewed here makes use of Abbott’s full conceptual repertoire to investigate and illuminate both the distribution of tasks between librarians and researchers and the process of negotiating new service responsibilities with library and university administration. Setting the study in a library organisationally and physically structured by subject enabled the author to confirm the significance of disciplinary differences and the importance of subject understanding in research data services and to reveal the “push and pull” that often characterises negotiation of professional jurisdiction.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduscorrall0000-0001-5591-6524
Date: 19 April 2023
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies
Volume: 4
Number: 1
Publisher: hosted by the Royal Danish Library
Page Range: pp. 88-93
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.7146/njlis.v4i1.141015
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic libraries; Andrew Abbott; professional jurisdiction; research support; service development; subject librarians
ISSN: 2595-0593
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Article Type: Review
Additional Information: Journal is open access
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2023 15:40
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 15:40


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