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The Academic Librarian as Blended Professional: Reassessing the Position

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dc.contributor.advisor Lester, Jaime R. Perini, Michael R.
dc.creator Perini, Michael R. 2015-05 2015-08-25T20:22:32Z 2016-05-15T00:40:43Z 2015-08-25
dc.description This work was embargoed by the author and will not be publicly available until May 2016. en_US
dc.description.abstract This qualitative case study extends Whitchurch's (2009) blended professional model, designed to consider the merging of academicians' roles across several spheres of professional and academic influence in a higher education setting, to academic librarians. Following the application of the blended professional model, this work contends that the academic librarians working at St. Jerome University have similar roles concerning research, instruction, and service when compared to the institution's tenure-track faculty. The scope of professional productivity and the expectation of the librarians, though, are much less regimented. Consequently, the academic librarians find themselves in a tenuous working third space where their blended role is inhibited by real and perceived barriers. These obstacles- a lack of time and money, perceptions of gender, and organizational complexity- in turn result in hurdles that affect the professional development of the academic librarians and impact the attitudes about their professional roles. Librarians and their impact on the academic community often are overlooked and unrecognized as professionals by higher education theorists. This study consequently achieves significance due to its use of higher education theory for an examination of the professional identity of academic librarians and the issues impacting librarian professional development. The work here also offers a constructive, replicable research design appropriate for the analysis of librarians in other academic settings, providing additional insight into how these professionals might perceive their roles within the larger context of a higher education environment.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Michael R. Perini en_US
dc.subject Academic librarian en_US
dc.subject Professional development en_US
dc.subject Professional identity en_US
dc.title The Academic Librarian as Blended Professional: Reassessing the Position en_US
dc.type Dissertation en Doctor of Arts in Community College Education en_US Doctoral en Community College Education en George Mason University en

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