Academic librarians (also known as subject librarians) work in higher education, further education and research institutes attached to academic institutions. They manage, organise, evaluate and disseminate information, providing support to members of an academic community including students, researchers and lecturing staff.
They may be responsible for a specific academic subject, developing specialist knowledge and other functions, such as resource ordering, loans, specialist collections, ICT systems and library projects.
A main role involves facilitating and supporting learning by teaching information retrieval skills to students and staff within classrooms or virtual learning environments. Academic librarians spend considerable time working with electronic resources, involving database management and web page development. The role is also very customer-focused.
Academic librarians often have specialist responsibility for an academic subject or function, even at basic-level posts. Other librarian roles include research, electronic, resources, systems, and other professional posts within the fields of acquisitions and cataloguing.
The following tasks are typically undertaken within the role:
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