The education and training role of Australian academic librarians

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Many academic librarians in university libraries perform a role in the education and training of university students, faculty staff and/or colleagues in areas related to information literacy. Anecdotal and empirical evidence suggests not all librarians are comfortable with this aspect of their position. How an individual conceives and understands their role may be influenced by complex historical, societal, national and personal contexts. The research student project summarised in this article will focus on an exploration of the relationships between education and training backgrounds and understanding and perceptions of the educative role by academic librarians in Victoria, Australia. The second aim of the study is to explore academic librarians’ definitions and descriptions of their educative role. Using role theory as a framework to define the concept of role and phenomenography as an underpinning approach and research methodology, in-depth interviews with Australian academic librarians will be undertaken in 2019 in order to explore the connections between librarians’ understanding of their educative role and their knowledge and practice of education and training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-87
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Australian Library and Information Association
Issue number1
Early online date06 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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