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The Invisible Librarian by Aoife Lawton

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State of play – measuring the current visibility of the librarian and library

Abstract

Librarians need to reflect upon the state of play with regard to their current level of visibility, value and impact. Practical ways of finding out how visible the librarian and library are to stakeholders, users and readers availing of library services are explored. A stakeholder analysis, self-reported visibility and management techniques are discussed in relation to getting a picture of visibility for librarians working in different settings: school, public, academic, health science and special. Measuring the current online visibility of the librarian and library is also examined. If librarians find that they are not as visible as they would like to be, this ...

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