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  • Print publication year: 2016
  • Online publication date: June 2018

3 - Librarian as partner: in and out of the library

from PART 2 - The agile librarian



As was discussed in Chapter 1, the definition of scholarship has, since the work of Boyer (1990), moved from a narrow focus on research to incorporate the full scope of academic work; furthermore, the literature review also revealed tantalizing glimpses of how librarians are leaving their university library to become embedded in the workflows of academic departments. This chapter explores these two themes further by examining the impact of the digital on the scholarship of teaching and uses a case study of the University Library and Centre for Education Futures (CEF) at the University of Western Australia (UWA). The case study also explores how the transferable skills and expertise of librarians can be successfully extended in the development of digital learning and teaching design in a campus-based researchintensive university. It describes the collaborative partnership which incorporates services to academic staff and students and brings together two areas – library and education – in a practical and impactful approach to achieving the University's Education Futures Vision. Finally, the case study demonstrates how transferable skills and knowledge have allowed librarians to expand their roles within and beyond the Library, and have even led to library professionals changing career paths successfully.

More specifically, this chapter considers the following aspects of the partnership to demonstrate how librarians have a key role to play at the nexus of education technologies, learning design and scholarship in partnership with the CEF. It will examine how librarians are:

  • • experiencing change to their traditional roles
  • • contributing to learning design initiatives
  • • facilitating the implementation of a learning management system
  • • becoming embedded in the teaching and learning workflows of the CEF.
  • Looking towards the future of education at UWA

    In 2012, following extensive stakeholder engagement, a UWA Leading Transformation Program group developed the ‘University of Western Australia Educational Principles’ with a focus on learning and teaching. The aim was to enable UWA to be a world leader in education and provide students with an exceptional, future-proofed, sustainable, world-class educational experience.

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