This is my submission to the Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians. As part of the application process I had to conduct an interview with an academic or research librarian on the changing roles of librarians.
Librarianship is a profession that is very future oriented. Across institutions, consortia and national organization there are myriad individuals, working groups, committees and other formations working hard to unearth emerging trends and issues in order to get a handle on what new ideas and new problem spaces will impact libraries in the next five, ten, twenty years, and beyond. The issues at stake are both numerous and complex. Labour relations, the environment, technology, diversity, economic instability, are but a few areas with the potential to dramatically reshape the future of libraries. Although the specifics of what will change are still emerging, we can be certain about one thing: the role of the librarian is shifting.
To understand a little bit more about how such change is occurring, to see what it looks like “on the ground,” I thought it would be interesting to chat with a librarian who has, for her entire career, embraced non-traditional roles within academic libraries–institutions that are often notoriously slow to change. Below you will find a short interview I conducted with Rochelle Mazar, Coordinator of the Digital Academy at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries.