"[A] significant new conceptual framework has emerged in which to understand the profession and the relationships of its practitioners—the “blended professional”—put forward by Celia Whitchurch. Librarians in the past have considered the notion of the “blended librarian,” but these discussions revolved around professional role as opposed to the conception, that is the “identity,” of that position. Whitchurch’s model, however, considers professional identity within the context of higher education by examining personal perceptions developed through the manifestations of activities. … Basically, blended professionals bridge gaps in both institutional and external silos in order to perform their professional and academic duties, and whereby the roles and the environment in which they are performed create new professional identities. … This blended model conceives of librarians developing and functioning in new modes of partnerships and collaborations."

Michael Perini,

Virginia International University

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eISSN: 1943-7528

Vol 7, No 4 (2015): Collaborative Librarianship

Table of Contents


Passing the Torch PDF
Ivan Gaetz 148-149

Scholarly Articles

Conceptualizing Classified Staff as Collaborative Partners Abstract PDF
Michael Perini 150-159
Book Raider: Connecting Patrons of Texas Tech University Libraries with Resources Anytime, Anywhere Abstract PDF
Ryan Cassidy, Kenny Ketner, Ryan Litsey, Matthew McEniry 160-167

From the Field

Art Exhibit on Black Panther Challenges Library Patrons to Face Violence of Mass Incarceration Abstract PDF
Chris Steele 168-175
Collaborative Librarianship: A Historical Sketch, an Appreciation and Thanks Abstract PDF
Ivan Gaetz 176-182

Viewpoints: Technology Matters

Time to Re-Professionalize the Profession PDF
Lori Bowen Ayre 183-185