38 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 291 2017 when appropriate, practice complementary collection stewardship, intermingling primary and secondary sources in research guides, exhibits, and other outlets. Each possesses a firm sense of their own professional identity, while acknowledging each other’s expertise both within the academic library and externally, through their broader constituents. Each makes appropriate referrals and works integratively on projects across library departments and together with faculty and students. This collaboration fosters a stronger sense of expertise and strengths within the library, both interpersonally, and to constituents. Further, each possesses an awareness of their greater objectives in the profession. They recognize that, although each librarian is responsible for specific collections, services, programs, departments, and other populations, no one “owns” those responsibilities, but rather they are the “go-to” person for their area. Library administrators recognize the value of this work and encourage their staff to work across department lines as a means to further the strategic goals of the library and, in effect, the university. In concert with their supervisors and directors, librarians identify and pursue projects accordingly, with consideration to given time and workload restraints, while taking advantage of opportunities to work with and within their communities. Faculty, students, researchers, and librarians continue to view the library as a place of inspiration, scholarship, creative and academic support, and as an incubator for envisioning the planning and implementation of scholarly projects in a broad manner of formats, media, disciplines, and perspectives. The university community sees the library as a place to exhibit, perform, program, and interact with scholarly work within and throughout their academic and creative communities. Interpersonal Communication among Library Colleagues Central to moving toward a more collaborative approach to providing services and facilitating access to collections, there must be a conscious
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