Academic Librarianship

Michael Sensiba Wayne State University

Library Types
• School Libraries • Public Libraries • Special Libraries o Corporate Libraries o Governmental Libraries o Museums, Non-Profits, etc. • Academic Libraries o Community/Junior Colleges o Baccalaureate Universities o Research Universities

About Wayne State
• "As Michigan's only urban research university, Wayne

State University fulfills a unique niche in providing access to a world-class education at an exceptional value. Wayne State's 11 schools and colleges offer more than 350 majors to our 33,000 graduate, professional and undergraduate students."

Wayne State Facts
• No. of faculty: 1700 full time, 1000 part time • Colleges:
• • • • • • • • • • • • Business Administration Education Engineering Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Graduate School Honors Law Liberal Arts and Sciences Medicine Nursing Pharmacy and Health Sciences Social Work

• Carnegie Class: Research Extensive and Intensive (enrollment rank: 31st) • Member, "Urban 21"

About WSU Libraries
• http://www.lib.wayne.edu • 5 Libraries:
• • • • • Adamany Undergraduate Purdy/Kresge Science and Engineering Neef Law Shiffman Medical

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59th among 113 ARL members Budget: $22 million ($8 million for materials) Volumes: 3.4 million+ items Ebooks: 55,000+ titles Film and Video: 29,000+ items Serials: 22,000+ titles

More About WSU Libraries
• • • • • • • Annual In-person Visits: 2 million+ (8 million hits to website) Circulation: 300,000 items Reference: 40,000+ questions (2,700+ virtual) Instruction: 560+ sessions for 12,600+ students Databases: 400+ Public Computers: 800+ Employees: 170+

About the WSU Collection
• • • • Books Electronic Books Journals Newspapers • • • • • • Government Documents VHS/DVD/Film CD/Audio Digital Collections Special Collections Institutional Repository

• Databases

• Microforms • Proceedings • Technical Standards

About WSU Libraries Staff
• Public Services o Information Services (Reference, Instruction, Research Support, Subject Liaison) o Access Services (Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Storage) • New Media & Information Technology o Computer Support Team o Web Development o Integrated Library System Administration o Electronic Resources Management o Office of Teaching and Learning o Media Services • Technical Services o Acquisitions o Cataloging o Processing • Library Administration • DALNET • Library and Information Science Program (LISP)

What I Do (from my dossier)
• • • • • • • • • • "Next Generation Librarian“ Reference Desk Virtual Reference Liaison/Selection Activities (Criminal Justice, Library and Information Science) Reference, Instruction and Research Support Statistics Instruction Team VR IM Task Force Ref Desk Redesign Task Force Staff Development and Recognition Committee New Librarians Round Table
• • Gadget Fair Greening of Libraries

• Instruction (ISS 1990, BA 1010, Honors 1000, Drop-ins, plus my departments) • Student Technology Studio • Conference Presentations
• • • • • • Michigan Academy of SAL Michigan Library Association SEMLOL DSLRT ACRL Midwest MLA/MHLSA

• “Information Literacy Land of Confusion” blog

• MLA iTrends Committee • National Security Intelligence Studies Virtual Reference Room • Library Toolbar • Instruction Materials Web project • Alerting Services • University Outreach

My Delicious tags, via Wordle

Issues facing Academic Libraries
• • • • • • • • • • Rise of Google Rise of Distance Learning Service Delivery in Volume Scholarly Publishing Intellectual Property Budgetary Pressures More with less Literacies and Competencies Library as Place Role in University Life (recruitment and retention) • • • • • • • • Digitization New formats for content Weeding the collection Shift from transaction to experience Customer-service vs. teaching and learning missions Adoption of social software Graying profession Digital natives

Issues in Academic Reference
• Decline of ready reference • Delivery of reference remotely • Virtual reference (what form?) • Role of print sources • Too many sources? • Who provides reference? • Budget vs. service • Roving • On call/tiered reference • Computer support • Who are the patrons? • Instruction vs. reference • Teach patrons or do it for them? • Document delivery • Assignment integration and awareness • Patron information and computer literacies

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