Scholarly communication and academic librarians

Liat Klain-Gabbay, Snunith Shoham

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It is generally accepted among library and information science scholars that academic librarians can potentially assist faculty members with formal and informal scholarly communication processes. However, it is not clear to what extent faculty members and academic librarians are indeed aware of this potential and materialize it in the field. Following interviews with 20 faculty members and 15 academic librarians employed by a university or an academic college in Israel, questionnaires were constructed and delivered to 191 faculty members and 50 librarians. Qualitative and quantitative analyses revealed that both the faculty members and librarians believed that academic librarians are potentially capable of contributing to scholarly communication processes. However, more faculty members than librarians expressed the expectation that librarians should be involved in scholarly communication, and were willing for this to be the case. Bridging this gap-for example by appointing designated "research librarians"-may contribute to the increased involvement of academic librarians in scholarly communication processes, which will benefit both the faculty members and the academic library.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-179
Number of pages10
JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016

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