Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 291 2017
digital projects coordinator, describe how the working group has
facilitated the identification of projects and project teams in support
of scholarly communication issues. The authors further describe
a number of initiatives in which library staff engaged and discuss
the lessons learned from the library’s holistic approach to creating
tangible results and improvements to scholarly communication goals.
Judith Logan, user services librarian, and Lisa Gayhart, user
experience librarian, from the University of Toronto Libraries,
explore intrapreneurship as a model for fostering innovation. Calling
this an organic approach that can work within existing structures
and processes, the authors describe the benefits of this model to the
organization, the librarian, and the end user in their article, “How
Intrapreneurship Enhances Existing Organizational Structures:
A Holistic Case Study from a Large Academic Library.” Logan and
Gayhart share the overhaul of the main library website as a study for
implementing the intrapreneurship model. Short- and longer-term
outcomes highlight a number of changes in roles and responsibilities
as well as organizational changes. The authors offer advice on
ways to use intrapreneurship to promote holistic librarianship.
The third article, “Creating a Holistic Fabric of Services and
Collections from the Inside Out: Exploring Convergence of Liaison
and Special Collections Librarianship,” considers the value of a
holistic approach for liaison and special collections librarians
in realizing a stronger model of service in support of research
and teaching. From the University of Rochester, authors Kristen
Totleben, modern languages and cultures librarian, and Jessica
Lacher-Feldman, assistant dean, rare books and special collections,
describe the challenges that perpetuate a divide between liaison and
special collections librarians and offer strategies and approaches
for building a different model. They emphasize the importance of
creating an environment that is conducive to collaboration—through
the organization’s culture, internal personal communication, and staff
engagement on projects—while moving away from fragmentation.
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