Evans and Greenwell’s comprehensive text on academic librarianship

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/29/2018


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052


CHICAGO — Deemed a "comprehensive overview" by Journal of Access Services and “essential reading for academic librarians” by Library Journal, the new second edition of “Academic Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides a timely exploration of the characteristics of academic librarianship and its place in the ever-changing environment of higher education. G. Edward Evans and new coauthor Stacey Greenwell guide readers towards understanding what is required to have a successful career in academic librarianship, explaining why academic libraries are distinct from other types of libraries and lending practical insight into their unique political and operational characteristics. The text offers comprehensive coverage of such key issues as:

  • teaching faculty roles and the status of the academic librarian;
  • governance and the growing tension on some campuses between faculty and administration;
  • curriculum, with a discussion of the balance between general education requirements and applied courses;
  • the student body;
  • collections, data management, digitization, and metadata;
  • scholarly communication, plus alternative models such as open educational resources (OERs);
  • providing quality service, and the role of user experience (UX) in assessment;
  • ACRL's Information Literacy Framework;
  • funding, including how and where to find detailed higher education expenditure data;
  • classrooms, common learning spaces, and other facilities;
  • staffing and professional development;
  • technology and IT support;
  • career development, with advice on preparing a vita and undergoing a successful interview; and
  • the future of academic librarianship.

Evans, PhD, is a semi-retired, award-winning author and Fulbright Scholar. He holds several graduate degrees in anthropology and library and information science (LIS). Throughout his career, he has been an administrator, researcher, teacher, and writer. As a researcher, he has published in both anthropology and librarianship. He has extensive administrative experience in private academic libraries such as Harvard University and Loyola Marymount University. Greenwell, EdD, has served the University of Kentucky Libraries since 2001 in several roles, including associate dean for academic affairs and research, head of the Information Commons, and head of Desktop Support. Recently she began working with the information literacy and assessment department to provide instructional design support, teach, and work on research projects. Dr. Greenwell is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and has held numerous leadership roles in the organization including chair of the Information Technology Division and founding chair of the Academic Division. She is a standing committee member for the Education and Training Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and is a standing member of the Programme Committee for the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL). She is a frequent conference presenter and has taught an academic libraries course for the iSchools at Syracuse University and the University of Kentucky.

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