June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.11.1 - 24.11.10
(In)Visible Me? An Empirical Study of Engineering Librarian Online ProfilesThe transition of information from print to digital formats over the last two decades has had ahuge impact on academic libraries and librarians. As the volume of online information hasgrown, the perceived value of the physical library has changed. This is especially true amongengineering and science libraries, many of which have seen steady (and sometimes sharp)declines in user visits, circulation and reference transactions. In recent years a number ofengineering libraries have downsized, merged or closed in response to technological changes andshifts in the research needs and habits of users. Librarians today have fewer opportunities tointeract with faculty colleagues and students. As a result of these changes, librarians arechallenged to find new ways to connect with users. One way librarians can enhance theirvisibility and professional status is by creating online profiles on library and university websites.The purpose of this study is to explore the current development, characteristics and positioningof engineering librarian profiles. Profiles of members of the Engineering Librarians Division ofASEE will be compiled and analyzed by element, currency and location. Examples of profileelements include personal photo, contact information, education, biography, title and rank,subject expertise, research interests, video recordings, grants and awards, publications,presentations, teaching, service and professional affiliations. This study will also examinewhether there are substantial similarities or differences in the profiles of faculty-status and non-faculty status librarians, and librarians at small and large, public and private institutions.Analyzing the content and positioning of librarian profiles is the first step in developing a set ofbest practice guidelines for engineering librarian profiles.
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