Reinventing the Reference Librarian: Information Literacy as a change agent

Peacock, Judith A. (2002) Reinventing the Reference Librarian: Information Literacy as a change agent. In ACURIL XXXII Conference - The New, 27-31 May 2002, Ochos Rios, Jamaica. (Unpublished)


With information literacy as their ticket, academic librarians have an opportunity to re-enter the teaching and learning arena in a new guise and carve out a challenging, unique role in the world of academia - that is, to reinvent themselves in a new image. As the emphasis shifts from discipline-rich teaching to one of process-oriented learning which emphasises the development of generic skills, academic librarians must accept and seize a more proactive teaching and learning role, and shoulder greater responsibility for pedagogical leadership in higher education. The change in their role will affect all those in the tertiary community as surely as it will affect the profession of librarianship itself.

As librarians strive to re-engage as educators with educators, the traditional beliefs, understandings, expectations and practices of all involved will be challenged. It is now critical to re-examine the issues which arise as a result of such a transformation, and the strategies which must be considered in order to overcome some of the more entrenched complexities of the task ahead.

This paper investigates, in greater detail, those processes, structures and procedures within library organisations and academic institutions which hinder, facilitate or create opportunities for the librarians who teach information literacy in higher education.

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ID Code: 713
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: educators, teaching librarians, learning and teaching, information literacy, librarianship, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:04

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