Raising the profile of librarians

Digitization and access to electronic resources transforms the ways in which people seek information. To safeguard the future of our profession, librarians and other information specialists/intermediaries need to raise their profile. In academic libraries it is important that librarians become involved in the administrative network of meetings beyond those traditionally attended. This can demonstrate that librarians’ expertise can be beneficial in different settings.

  • Newsletters – not necessarily the library newsletter, but finding out about and being involved in other departmental newsletters.
  • Departmental/subject blogs from the library; and other social networking technologies [Facebook perhpas] have great potential for raising the profile of librarians’ expertise.
  • Events in the library can also be a great way of introducing informal training. Drop-in sessions in staff social spaces have proved useful ways of contacting staff who may not visit the library as often as they did before digitization and electronic information resources became available.

Based on: Emma Woods. Raising our profile, safeguarding our future. Link: connecting Commonwealth librarians. Issue 11 December 1010. Available to members of Assoc. CommonwealthUniversities.


Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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