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Getting to the heart of the most important topics impacting academic libraries today.

This page is designed to shine a light on key themes, trends, and challenges for library and information professionals. You can expect to find discussion topics that tackle traditional LIS subjects as well as emerging developments impacting academic libraries today.

To help us frame the topics and provide a starting point for discussion, we're drawing on Emerald's LIS journal and book content. All featured content will be made freely available whilst the topic remains open so take advantage.

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November LIS topic


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Academic librarianship/skills development


"There are several tough jobs in every library, yet one of the perennial toughest jobs in all libraries is that of middle manager. However, through this position, new and old library managers can find a proving ground in which the learning, growth, and adjustments to change and evolution of libraries can happen successfully." (Gordon, 2021)

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Two recent studies published in the Library Management journal explore the reality of transforming a library into a learning organisation and how the role of the middle manager (the toughest job in the library) can help with that.

  1. Thorpe, C. (2021), Transforming a university library into a learning organisation, Library Management, Vol. 42 No. 6/7, pp. 436-447.
  2. Gordon, I.D. (2021), Toughest job in the library, Library Management, Vol. 42 No. 1/2, pp. 46-55.
     

 Questions to consider

  • What do you think are the requirements to make a library a learning organisation?
  • What steps do you take to ensure your library keeps up with the organisational change?
  • How can librarians be supported in their skills development?
  • Do you agree with the view that a middle manager covers a tricky position?

Please share your thoughts in the comments box. The articles are free to access until 2nd December 2022.

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The COVID-19 pandemic, amongst many things, has also symbolised the increase in technology consumption and social media usage. Explore the research about social media consumption focusing on two perspectives: what platforms libraries and librarians use and also what popular platforms are used by students/young people.

COVID-19 and library social media use

Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: it is time to talk about TikTok

"Librarians need to be much more than providers of factual content. We need to help our requestors make critical choices regarding which news to consume. We need to ensure that they understand how to determine what is real and what is fake, and that process begins with our own training and continuing education regarding information veracity and quality and data sourcing and transparency." (Affelt, 2019)

The role of libraries in the fake news era: a survey of information scientists and library science students in Greece

Getting out the truth: the role of libraries in the fight against fake news

Fake News in the Field

How do librarians see climate change as intersecting with their work? A 2021 study published in Records Management Journal examines the feedback from information professionals and the challenges they face as the result of insufficient resources.

Come hell or high water: climate action by archives, records and cultural heritage professionals in the United Kingdom

Librarians are trusted to help people to search for answers in reputable sources of information. How are they affected by the inaccurate and unverified information disseminated online?

Scientific literacy, librarians and information literacy in the post-truth era

Mentoring programmes in libraries exist to facilitate professional development of new librarians. Delivered by experienced staff to individuals or groups, mentorship is shaped by the needs of a specific library.

Mentorship in librarianship: meeting the needs, addressing the challenges

Libraries are used to adapting and updating services in response to the changing needs and behaviours of its users. But COVID-19 forced most areas of the university to adjust everyday interactions and processes.

Lessons learned: a meta-synthesis examining library spaces, services and resources during COVID-19

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flombardo
29 Nov 2022
Thanks, Nicole for your insight. Having all the staff get to be part of the learning library would be certainly beneficial. How do you think libraries could achieve that?
Sheik Maideen
29 Nov 2022
Implementation of Green Library: Opportunities and Challenges
Nicole
24 Nov 2022
It’s nice there are no- and low-cost options these days for PD opportunities. Technical services staff (unlike librarians) in our library don’t have their own PD funds so applying to a central pot is a good idea, though it’s quite limited. Love the idea of sharing what was leaned - we would have to require that of all staff, not just technical services but it would be so useful for all of us.