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Cover of Altick's "The Scholar Adventurers"

Cover of Altick

Near the end of “Information Literacy and Higher Education:  Placing the Academic Library in the Center of a Comprehensive Solution” by Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, I stumbled over the refutation of the charge that academic librarians may have insufficient training and experience to teach.  Is it really the best strategy to argue that the same goes for subject faculty?  If academic librarians are to teach information literacy in a more comprehensive, engaged way than before, then the stakes are higher, and the librarians’ teaching skills will be paid attention to, more than those of the subject faculty, whose role in the university is already established.  From what I have been reading, the librarians’ role in the institution is in flux, and so, fairly or not, they won’t be judged by the same standards and expectations as subject faculty are. 

As an indication of the changing role of the librarian, consider the hybrid or “blended” names out there:  scholar-librarian, teacher-librarian.  I’m reminded of the cool title of a cool book I never read, The Scholar Adventurers by Richard D. Altick.  (Read about it here.)

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