The Current Status of Academic Librarians: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?
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Speaker: Ann Watson, Dean of the Library, Shepherd University
Speaker: Robert Farrell, Assistant Professor, Library Coordinator of Information Literacy & Assessment, Lehman College, City University of New York
Speaker: Samantha Hines, Head, College of Technology Library, University of Montana Mansfield Library
Speaker: Suzy Szasz Palmer, Dean of the Greenwood Library, Longwood University
Given the current fiscal environment, how do we, as academic librarians, maintain or improve our status in order to position ourselves for the future? Is this really the "best of times" where we can redefine our profession and seize the opportunity to reevaluate and retool our responsibilities and workflow or is it the "worst of times" where we experience continued economic uncertainty, the effects of workload creep, and a barrage of new initiatives facing us?