The Flexible Professional: a fusion of cultures to support learning and teaching

Weaver, Margaret (2010) The Flexible Professional: a fusion of cultures to support learning and teaching. In: TICER Digital Libraries A la Carte 2010, Module 3, Partners in Teaching and Learning, 26-30 July 2010, University of Tilburg, Netherlands.

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This lecture will provide an overview of national developments in library convergence and multi-professional working, focussing on a “one stop shop” approach, becoming known as “super convergence”. Focussing predominantly on academic libraries in the UK, it will also explore the various factors contributing to these changes. The cross boundary working that is emerging as a result is presented through the lens of one higher education institution - the University of Cumbria.

Building on the previous work (1) to create a different kind of University in the north west of England, the lecture outlines the next stage in the University’s strategic reshaping. This has involved a realignment of the campuses estates to meet the academic vision and a reconsideration of the workforce requirements. Consequently the next generation of “new academic teams” is emerging which fuses professional services staff from an every widening array of departments. This further blending of student facing services requires Information Professionals to be increasingly flexible in their approach to both self development and service delivery. The lecture aims to involve the audience in bringing out the implications for role design and future leadership programmes in order to support an increasingly holistic approach to collaborative working.

(1) Weaver, Margaret, and Beaty, Liz. (2009) The flexible campus – joining up people, pedagogy, place and process.
Peer reviewed paper presented at EDUCAUSE Australasia, Perth, May 2009

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Journal or Publication Title: TICER International Summer School 2010
Publisher: University of Tilburg
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Departments: Services > Library and Student Services
Additional Information: Paper submitted to support lecture given at the TICER Summer School, Tilburg, 2010
Depositing User: Margaret Weaver
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 15:11
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 18:34


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