The Social Future of Academic Libraries

New Perspectives on Communities, Networks, and Engagement

; Sheila Corrall ; Paul Bracke

The current focus in higher education institutions on student
engagement, partnership formation, community development and social relations requires
a significant mind-shift in academic libraries and librarians if they are to regain
their place at the heart of the academic enterprise. Les mer
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The current focus in higher education institutions on student
engagement, partnership formation, community development and social relations requires
a significant mind-shift in academic libraries and librarians if they are to regain
their place at the heart of the academic enterprise. Libraries need to move
beyond incremental and peripheral development of services, spaces and
structures to a more fundamental and radical rethinking of their core mission
and service philosophy to realign their resources, processes and practices to contemporary
demands. Academic librarians have seen the need for change in response to the
social turn in the academy and society, and have been exploring concepts such
as converged and shared services, partnership and relationship management, blended
and engaged librarians, embedded and participatory librarianship, and
inside-out and pop-up libraries. But such work has generally been limited to small
parts of the organization, and has not usually resulted in the largescale
change in strategy and culture needed for libraries to operate effectively as
dynamic social organizations in the connected digital world. New ways of
working are not enough; they must be informed by new ways of thinking that empower
librarians to look at all areas of their practice in a unified holistic way through
a social lens. Concepts and theories of intellectual and social capital can
give practitioners new perspectives on their work and provide a framework for
the hard reset needed for academic libraries to remain relevant in the 21st
century.

This book introduces readers to these ideas and uses case studies from
real-world experience to show how intellectual and social capital perspectives
and social network theory can strengthen strategic development, collaborative
relationships and professional leadership across all areas of library activity.
Examples of application areas include academic liaison, collection development,
data services, information literacy, library fundraising, service design, space
utilization, and student success.

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Om forfatteren

Tim Schlak is Dean of the University Library at Robert Morris
University in Pittsburgh, PA. As Library Dean, he advocates on the Library's behalf and positions it as
an integral partner in the learning and scholarly processes of the University. Prior to
joining Robert Morris, he was Library Director at Northwestern College in Orange City,
IA, where he spearheaded the DeWitt Learning Commons project. Tim earned a PhD and
MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh's School for Information Sciences as
well as an MA from the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Slavic
Literatures and Languages. He has authored a number of publications about the
changing social context of libraries with particular emphasis on social capital
and engagement.



Sheila Corrall is Professor of Library and Information Science in the
Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship at the University of
Pittsburgh, PA, where she is lead faculty for academic information services. Prior to joining Pitt
in 2012, she was Head of the iSchool at the University of Sheffield, following a distinguished
career in the field as a library practitioner, serving as director of library, information, and
academic services at three universities in the UK. She read Classics at the University of
Cambridge, and studied Librarianship at the Polytechnic of North London, then gained her
M.B.A. from Roffey Park Management College and M.Sc. in Information Systems at the University
of Southampton. Sheila's research interests include evolving roles in academic libraries,
reflective practice in information work, and the application of business management concepts
and models to information services.



Paul Bracke is Dean of Library Services at Gonzaga University. In this
role, he provides leadership and oversight for Library Services, the Office of Sponsored
Research and Programs, and the Academic Technology Applications Sup