Workshop – Perpetual metamorphosis: addressing the need for professional development of academic librarians in scholarly communication and other emerging areas

Workshop – Perpetual metamorphosis: addressing the need for professional development of academic librarians in scholarly communication and other emerging areas

Librarianship is a profession that is changing rapidly, and new demands for skills and knowledge regularly emerge – for example scholarly communication, user experience, and relationship management. Many librarians are willing to embrace change and are often pioneers in these areas, but it can feel that the formal library training programmes are not quick enough to respond and gaps in support emerge. And indeed, there is only so much that can be covered in a course that is intended to equip librarians to work in a wide range of information and library contexts. So how we build a professional development framework that can be flexible and responsive? This session provides the opportunity to discuss these questions, focussing on scholarly communications as a particular area of current need.

This session will highlight work that is already being done to address these issues in the specific area of scholarly communications by representatives of sector wider organisations including Jisc, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, RLUK, SCONUL, ARMA, the British Library, UKSG, UKCoRR, Vitae and CILIP.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to review and discuss the group’s work so far, and invite discussion on how we as a professional community can support skills development for scholarly communication, and other emerging areas of professional practice.