Two leading university staff have edited a ground-breaking book which examines the world of digital librarianship.
Alison Mackenzie and Lindsey Martin, dean and assistant head of learning services at Edge Hill University collected chapters from across the world which look at how the digital environment has impacted on the role of the librarian in ‘Mastering Digital Librarianship, Strategy, networking and discovery in academic libraries.
The book is believed to be the first of its kind and response has been so good they have already started work on a follow-up.
It features a chapter by the university’s academic liaison officer Rachel Bury and customer services manager Helen Jamieson about how digital technology is shaping organisational change.
Alison was initially asked by a publisher to put together the book after spotting a blog by her.
She immediately asked Lindsey to jointly edit the book.
Alison said: “Edge Hill library has a good reputation within the profession and we are known for doing things quickly and ahead of the curve.
“One of the big changes within the last two years has been the increased use of internet on mobile phones and tablets.
“That has been a big game changer and we have had to get staff comfortable with this technology and encourage them to engage with our customers and have meaningful discussions with them.
“The subject matter of the book is moving into new territory for us and the people we were writing with, but has the advantage that we are able to collect the best practice examples from experts across the world and use them here at Edge Hill to stay up to date with new developments.”
The content includes a global perspectives and the different tactics people are using to tackle these challenges within academic libraries.
Lindsey added: “The role of the librarian now is more about relationship management and having conversations with our customers, but also the conversations our customers are having in their own communities about our resources and how to use our services.
“It’s less about people coming to us in person and asking about books.”