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Managing electronic reserves New opportunities and new roles for academic librarians?

Managing electronic reserves New opportunities and new roles for academic librarians? Digital services can solve some problems facing print‐based academic libraries. They also provide opportunities for librarians to become proactive by adopting pivotal roles in shaping their institutions’ teaching and learning strategies. Digital collections take information outside libraries’ physical confines. As managers of digital information systems, librarians cannot remain mere intermediaries, though some find that digital collections present unwanted learning challenges and threats to current working practices. Librarians must develop new roles and working practices and initiate the cultural changes that will alter others’ perceptions of them. An electronic collection can underpin current pedagogic styles, initiate new teaching and learning practices and support lifelong learning skills through the close collaboration and interchange of professional academic and librarian roles. The potentiality of such collaboration is currently being explored through the expansion of the ResIDe Electronic Library at the University of the West of England, Bristol. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Librarian Career Development Emerald Publishing

Managing electronic reserves New opportunities and new roles for academic librarians?

Librarian Career Development , Volume 7 (12): 14 – Dec 1, 1999

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0968-0810
DOI
10.1108/09680819910309494
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Abstract

Digital services can solve some problems facing print‐based academic libraries. They also provide opportunities for librarians to become proactive by adopting pivotal roles in shaping their institutions’ teaching and learning strategies. Digital collections take information outside libraries’ physical confines. As managers of digital information systems, librarians cannot remain mere intermediaries, though some find that digital collections present unwanted learning challenges and threats to current working practices. Librarians must develop new roles and working practices and initiate the cultural changes that will alter others’ perceptions of them. An electronic collection can underpin current pedagogic styles, initiate new teaching and learning practices and support lifelong learning skills through the close collaboration and interchange of professional academic and librarian roles. The potentiality of such collaboration is currently being explored through the expansion of the ResIDe Electronic Library at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Journal

Librarian Career DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 1999

Keywords: Libraries; Virtual reality; Hybrid systems; Co‐operation

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