Shifting Roles: Librarianship in a Global Community

This section introduces us to some new “global” twists to some traditional librarian roles. An exploration of mobile library and information services in the context of a digitally-mobilized populations is the subject of “The Library Has Left the Building: Mobile Librarianship’s New 21st-Century Model” by Sara Wingate Gray. Included also here are case study examples of non-mainstream, alternative moveable libraries and itinerant librarians.

In “Local Connections to Global Collections: The Power of Interlibrary Loan Services” Beth Posner, City University of New York Graduate Center, notes that by enabling the sharing library material with local, regional, national and international partners, interlibrary loan librarians are, by definition, “librarians without borders.”

Finally, Hyun-Duck Chung of MaRS Discovery District, the author of “Beyond Embedded: Blended Roles for Information Professionals in the 21st Century Knowledge Economy” demonstrate how librarians at the University of Toronto Libraries in Ontario, Canada have embedded and blended roles as market intelligence information specialists.

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